Beech House Dental Practice Evening TT League Event 6 Report
A lovely warm summer evening greeted riders at Event 6 of the evening TT league held on the nine mile Langthorpe-Kirby Hill-Skelton circuit. Pacing is usually key to success for this two lap event – do you go out hard and then try and hang on for the second lap, or set off steady and hold something back for a strong finish?
Nova’s Duncan Mullier took a slightly different approach – even paced riding for the whole eighteen miles – and this proved to be an excellent strategy, giving him the win in a time of 39:58 (and split times of 20:03 and 19:55). Second placed Pete Watson, Performance Coaching, opted for the ‘steady out/strong finish’ tactic with lap splits of 20:55 and 20:32 giving him an overall time of 41:27. Third placed Simon Cave opted for the ‘go out hard/hang on’ tactic, finishing just six seconds behind Watson with 41:33 after posting lap times of 20:41 and 20:52.
Glen Turnbull, Patron, followed Cave’s lead and recorded laps of 20:43 and 20:54 to finish in fourth place, just four seconds off the podium with 41:37. Craig Stephenson, Performance Coaching, completed the top five with an overall time of 42:28 (with lap splits of 21:28 and 21:00). Prologue Race Team’s Dylan Flesher knocked eighteen seconds off the junior course record, stopping the clock at 42:32 to finish sixth overall. Schoolboy Gus Gardner completed the event in 46:05, just three seconds shy of the school boy course record set by Edwyn Oliver-Evans back in 2010.
Roger Bromiley was the most improved rider on the night, knocking a minute an a half of his previous best for the course to record 43:47 and a place inside the top ten. Tim Jarvis continued his domination of the Vet-50 competition, recording 43:48 in tenth place. With Richard Bellerby off-course on the first lap, Chris Smith claimed fastest Vet-60 honours with a time of 50:12. In another strong performance, Josh Gardner, Chevin Cycles, was the quickest on a non-specialist bike, stopping the clock at 44:04 in twelfth place.
In the ladies event, Ele Haresign’s Ironman Triathlon strength showed with a negative split for her two laps (23:04, 22:49), and an overall time of 45:53, just ten seconds slower than the ladies course record she set twelve months ago. Corrine Mitchell’s excellent League season continued with another Lady-Veteran course record of 46:53 in second place. Alison Sarmiento completed the podium with 48:04.
Racing Round Up
Matt Dalby secured his first road points of the season with tenth place at the Velo Club Beverley/Wilson’s Wheels Summer Road Race. Experienced road racer and Nova second claim member Glen Turnbull, Patron, managed to save just enough to contest the uphill sprint to the finish, claiming a fine second place on the 54 mile undulating course around the South Dalton Wold, near Market Weighton in East Yorkshire.
In Open Time Trials, Walter Wilkinson recorded an excellent 21:42 in event two of the Team Swift Wednesday evening series on the 10 mile V718 course near Hull, setting a new Club Vet-70 record. At the Drighlington BC event on the same course on Saturday afternoon, in form Corrine Mitchell set a new Club Lady Veteran 10 mile record with a time of 23:45, lowering the previous best set by Alison Sarmiento by twenty-eight seconds. Reasonably favourable conditions also helped Al Mitchell to a strong time of 20:49 and Mike Hudson to 22:18 in the same event.
At the Tour of Cambridge, second claim Nova member Jess Bacon, York Cycleworks, won a silver medal in her age category for the 16.4 mile time trial, securing qualification for the UCI Amateur World Championships to be held in Denmark in September.
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