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HARTLEPOOL CYCLING CLUB ROUND-UP 13/3/17

posted 14 Mar 2017, 02:23 by Liz Garstang
 

Hartlepool CC’s time trailers were out in force for the first time this year yesterday.

 

Cleveland Wheelers organised the popular early season SPOCO on the T211R starting and finishing in Stokesley. The 20 mile route heads west to Hutton Rudby before looping back to Stokesley along the A172 and then veers south to Great Broughton and back to Stokesley via Ingleby Greenhow and Easby. Roughly six lumpy miles, followed by a fast seven, then twisting country lanes to the finish.

The March weather couldn’t have been much better, though wet roads from overnight rain made the last few miles treacherous.

Best placed for HCC was Paul Fountain, who got over a missed starting slot and temperamental power meter to finish 24th in 49-37, just over 5 minutes behind winner Keith Murray. There were a few missed starts so maybe the timekeepers weren’t quite in synch with the Stokesley church clock.

Paul Garstang was home in a surprisingly quick, for him, 56-12. The only explanation for this is that he made a mess of trimming his beard without his glasses on the night before and had to take the whole thing off. Marginal gains! Will he be shaving his legs next? NEVER!

Phil Wright continued his training towards his later season goals with a 59-46 and Andrew Wilson, in his first SPOCO, returned a highly creditable 1-00-18. This will be Andrew’s first full season of racing having broken himself in on the Ferryhill Wheelers’ Thursday night TTs last season. Good luck Andrew – yesterday was a great start on a difficult course.

Poor Richie ‘Lycraman’ Grant took a heavy fall on the back road out of Great Broughton. Whilst preparing to storm past Andrew Wilson his front wheel slipped on the muddy surface and he somersaulted into the hedge. Bumped and bruised from the crash, lesser men would have called it a day. But not Lycraman! He dusted himself down, got back on his bike and carried on to cross the line in 1-01-11. By calibrating Richie’s start time relative to Andrew Wilson’s, considering the geographical co-ordinates of the two riders at the point of the incident, and extrapolating the distance to the finish we can calculate that, had he managed to stay on his bike, Richie would have finished in around 55 minutes. If not a bit faster. Or maybe slower. Anyway, this cloud’s silver lining was that Richie had opted not to wear his brand new skinsuit for fear of getting it dirty, thereby saving himself having to fork out another 80 quid. He was back on his bike this morning though still feeling sore in several places.

MASSIVE THANK YOU TO DARREN GEE OF TEESDALE CRC WHO STOPPED TO MAKE SURE RICHIE WAS OK AND, IN SO DOING, SACRIFICED HIS CHANCE OF A TOP 10 FINISH.

 

Elsewhere, new recruits Paul Thirling and Gary Hunt rode the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Open 10 on the V910 near Featherstone. Both had ridden this course last week and both improved their times. Paul was 14th in 22-56 and Gary was close behind in 16th with 23-35.

 

On the social cycling side, Hartlepool CC Strava club broke 2,000 miles for the first time last week. Still a bit of virtual cycling in there, but most of us are out on the roads regularly now.

We now have 30 members but it would be great if we could get all of these signed up for the club proper.

 

Have a good week and let us know if you’re up to anything interesting on the bike, so we can post it on the website and Facebook. Photos welcome.

We’re looking at a date for our first club night. Still tbc but possibly we’ll opt for a regular slot on the first Thursday of each month at 8.30. Watch this space!

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