apyatez August 23rd, 2013
Thursday saw the end of the seasons club Time Trials and the start of a new tradition. The last ride was round the Madison course and ended up with a pint at the local pub. People were all in agreement that this had been a great season with 21 riders showing up for the last hurrah. Stu Pickard was a worthy champion and has raised the bar for all to emulate next season. Some of the contenders will have to rethink their winter training strategies if they are to catch the top man next April.
To help continue the good feeling there will be more Time Trial practices run on a Sunday morning.
First one will be 25th August on the Hilly 10 course meeting at the Esso garage at 9.30 or on the course at 9.45.
For people that want a long steady ride the usual sunday morning rides will continue meeting at Esso at 9am
Thanks to every rider and official that has made the season safe, and exciting.
apyatez August 14th, 2013
The time trial season is almost over with only three races left. The leagues are all sown up with Stu running away with the Top Division after an awesome season where he failed to collect maximum points on only 6 occasions. The Championship rides however are all about who has the legs on the night, and Tuesdays Mountain 10 proved that there is still silverware to fight for. Andy Askwith has had to downsize his trophy cabinet but produced a great time to retain this piece of glory.The toughest finish on any of our courses saw the next three riders separated by just 4 seconds.
There are battles all down the order with a tough threeway fight in div 2 between Matt, Seb and Brian, with just three seconds between Matt and Seb as an injured Brian was reduced to marshalling duties. Next seasons Div2 is going to be very interesting with the young guns and new bloods going toe to toe.
Thanks must go to the time keepers and pusher offers , marshals , people who designed the courses, set up the program and to all club members who turn up to help or to show support. We have a club to be proud of made up of committed but friendly people. How many other regional clubs can boast 18riders with numbers on their backs on a midweek night.
Lets celebrate a great season with a drink at the pub in Burton Flemming a week on Thursday after the last TT of the season. Don’t forget some lights though to see us all home safely
apyatez June 5th, 2013
Seems like consistency and attendance is the key to a high position in the leagues, miss one and you could hand 5points to your rival.
Mark and Andy are going to have you go some to claw back Stu’s early season form with Stu returning to the top step of the podium on Tuesday night with a victory over a fast improving Martin.
Division 2 looks like a two horse race between the big lads, with max points being traded between Brian and Adam. It makes for an interesting season with big Brian waiting to hit top form.
Matt needs to make more start lines if he is to catch Dawn or Kev, all he needs is a proper time trial bike maybe. Dawn increased her lead on Tuesday over Kevin with a 17second margin, could be down to her growing confidence on using the tri-bars. Dawns result on Tuesday is even more remarkable seeing as she was part of a trio of riders that completed a 150mile ride the day before!
Thanks to the marshals and pusher off-ers again
apyatez June 1st, 2013
Eventually Andy’s form took him into top spot after a one second victory over Stu on Thursdays nights cold and foggy Mountain10 after closing the gap to 2 seconds on the previous race the Thwing 10.
14 riders turned up for the Thwing 10 which must be a club record with some great times posted on a windy night.Old campaigner Graystone showed Seb a clean of heels as he powered into a 9th place finish, and once again Kevin showed his improving form with a sub 27min time and over two and a half mins faster than the last time he raced the course. At this rate of improvement he will be champion next year.
The conditions for the Mountain ten were almost winter like as 10 riders posted very good times. Dawn was struggling in a blustery head wind as some of the bigger riders took advantage of the wind blowing their heavy frames up the hill out of Burton Flemming.
Thursday saw all the top division riders within 30 seconds of each other. Competition only makes the club and its riders stronger.
Thanks to the helpers again for turning out on both cold nigh
apyatez May 23rd, 2013
If ever the rest of that sentence was true then it applies to Paul who completed the last two time trials with the spirit that typifies Bridlington Cycling Club.
Despite setting off first then getting past by all the riders on both nights Paul didn’t quit and gave 100% all the way to the line.
As some-one once said “its not about the bike”, its about turning out on an unseasonably cold night, lining up against other riders with all the best gear and competing.Paul has done a lot of riding in his past and is just getting back into it, but has already done the hardest bit by throwing his leg over the bike and riding. Great inspiration to us all and he is getting plenty of encouragement.
At the other end of the spectrum Stu picked up another first place last Thursday and gave everyone else a chance on Tuesday when he was marshalling. Woody couldn’t take advantage of this and was picked to second place by a fast improving Andy Askwith. It seems that Stu’s blistering performances in the first 7 races has spurred the chasing pack and their times are improving fast.
Martin will have the leagues sorted soon and it will be interesting reading in all three divisions.
Thanks to Ted for the pictures
apyatez May 15th, 2013
The unseasonably cold night didn’t deter 8 hardy riders ready to tackle the longest of the clubs TT routes.
The rain managed to hold off until the riders were on the course and didn’t really dampen the spirits.
Once again Stew Pickard took the honours and even managed to pass his main rival Woody before Strawberry Hill.
Brian is starting to reap the rewards of a hard training camp and distanced Adam his Div2 rival by almost two minutes. Dawn turned in a great time and sneaked in under the hour mark despite riding her normal road bike. Once she gets the confidence to use her TT bars her times should tumble down. Great effort by all the riders, and thanks to time keepers and marshals.
Thursday sees another visit to the Hilly 10 and this time Matt Pilling is going to race without carrying his spare tube, chain tool, pump, mobile phone and bike lock!