Records roll on Pennypot!
Event number 4 in the Beech House Dental Practice Time Trial League was the Pennypot 12-mile TT. Decidedly lumpy, riders have to make a decision as to whether to ride TT bikes or road bikes.
The course starts from outside The Army Apprentice College, heading west up Pennypot Lane, then turning left onto the B6451 (Brame Lane), with another left onto Broad Dubb Lane, Norwood Lane, into Beckwithshaw, dropping down Pot Bank before returning to Pennypot Lane and the finish.
The weather was mild with a light wind from the west.
21 riders signed on from Harrogate Nova, Moonglu and Harrogate Tri Club (HTC). There was an equal split between riders on road bikes and time trial bikes. Which would be the better weapon on the night?
Ben Pease (Moonglu) was first male in a cracking time of 25:32 on a road bike, beating the previous road bike record by 102 seconds and missing the TT record by only 2 seconds! Next fastest was Duncan Mullier (Nova) on a time trial bike in 26:54 and winner of the Triangle trophy. Third place with an outstanding performance was 15-year-old James Beagley (Nova) on a road bike, setting a schoolboy record of 27:34 and beating his own record by a whopping 141 seconds!
Cassy Mackintosh (Nova) was 1st lady in a time of 33:00 on a road bike, with Emma Oakes (HTC) close behind in 2nd with a time of 33:24, also on a road bike.
On the night, the riders would conclude that the course seems to favour those on road bikes.
Thanks to the support team who enable each event to take place – timekeepers, number-takers, signage, and marshals. A particular thanks go to Margaret and Vaughan Caswell, Mike Hudson, Nick Vezey, Tony Kent, John Wood & Patrick Altoft. Please contact Duncan Mullier if you are able to help in any way, for future events.
Next week’s event is the 15-mile time trial on the A168. Will it be back to the time trial bikes? We’ll have to wait and see. Pictured is James Beagley on the start line – Ben Pease was right behind him.