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posted 11 Apr 2017, 08:36 by Liz Garstang


Before we get to this week’s racing, congratulations to Terry Muers who rode Hartlepool CC Strava Club’s first 100 miler on Sunday. Terry did 102 miles from Hartlepool out through the North York Moors National Park and back. He climbed over 5,000 feet, including the notorious Rosedale Chimney with its 30% gradient. And he was back on his bike for the commute to work on Monday morning. Hard as nails!




Hartlepool CC’s first club championship of 2017 was Sunday’s Stockton Wheelers 23 mile SPOCO out of Bishopton. The course is challenging, with four tough climbs.

Our HCC winner in 57-04 was Paul Fountain. In the overall race Paul was 9th. Mark Tinkler was second in 1-01-35 after starting too fast and fading on the second lap. Richie Grant overcame manflu to post 1-02-27, Phil Wright did 1-10-03 and Dave Herbert battled a series of injuries and illnesses to come home in 1-14-46, which shamed Paul Garstang’s DNS due to a severe softness attack.

Handicap winner was Richie Grant. Pint for the handicapper please, Richie!


On the Saturday, three of our riders contested the VTTA National 10 mile Championship on the J2/1 course in Cheshire. Gary Hunt was quickest for us in 22-47, which gave him +4-17 against his VTTA age standard. Results are not yet confirmed but we believe that Gary was just outside the top 10 overall, which is a great result in a national competition. Alan Lang rode 24-54 (+2-38 to VTTA standard) and Phil Wright did 25-35 (+2-16).


We had two pairs competing in a 2-up time trial around Scorton on Saturday. Richard Booth and Dave Herbert had won this event last year for over-70s, (and also rode a faster time than the 65-70 age group winners). However, this year they were handicapped by Dave’s aliments and did well to finish. Richie ‘Lycraman’ Grant and Darren ‘Boom Boom’ Peart finally broke the 25 minute barrier at their 5th attempt.



And, we had our first social night in ages, at the Lock Gates on Thursday 6th. Seven of us knocked back a few pints and had a few good debates. Next one will probably be on Wednesday 3rd May, but we’ll confirm closer to the date.