Wet, Wet, Wet – WVCC Open 25 2018

Remember them? Course you do. Most of the riders on Saturday also remember what wet, wet, wet really is, because that is what it was! Those who popped out, got wet.

Although the day started out only slightly damp, more washing of the roads was to come.

The day was split into 2 events, first the M&DTTA Ladies event, where 15 riders entered.

As the rain started, may looked out of the HQ at Cranage with glum and uncertain faces. Nevertheless, after a few DNSs 9 ladies started the event.

After what seemed like an age staring out at the steady monsoon, the first results came in, with number 1, Claire Harrison, clocking a very respectable 1:05:21 and making 3rd place on the day, followed by Sarah Grant, the eventual winner with a rocketing 1:02:21.

Our very own Carol Robson came in with a fantastic 1:13:10. This was Carol’s first ever 25. Somewhat of a baptism of… well… water?

Later still came in the well on-form Emily Martin, finishing with a 2nd place (and a puncture), and only 21 seconds behind Sarah Grant with 1:02:42. Thanks must go to Carol Robson, who after finishing cold and wet, selflessly jumped into her car and wne to the finish to pick up Emily after her unfortunate puncture.

The men’s event started with a flurry of DNSs on the start sheet. Hardly surprising that anyone, wanted to race as the rain battered the course, the riders and the marshals.

However, Matt Stephenson set an early fast time with a 59:24,  and no-one touched him Joseph Cadwallader came through at 59:08, and then shortly after, Ben Norbury with a 55:40. There were also a a few early DNFs due to mechanicals, punctures etc, but the TT went on, with riders heading out into the continuing rain.

Time hovered a few mins above the hour in the main, with only a few going sub-hour, until no. 100, Adrian Hughes came in with a 55:23, just a second ahead of Ben Norbury.

No-one bettered the time until the last man, Alex Jones, from Rhyl Cycling Club, came in with an astonishing 52:22!! Needless to say, he smashed it, and won the event overall.

Weaver Valley men made a strong attack of the race, with the following finishing:
Dan Robson (breast stroke – last 5 miles), Craig Sephton, Dan Conaway, Colin Latter, Steve Marlow, Paul Connor, Alistair Stanway, Andrew Woolley.

Well done guys!

A very challenging day in all, so well done to all who rode.

In particular, both I and Chris Gilbertson would like to extend our thanks to the M&DTTA ladies for manning the kitchen with cake and hot brews for cold wet riders, and to all the marshals, who spent a cold wet afternoon, stood at various junctions, making sure that the event went safely. We couldn’t do it without you guys.

Yup, I think it might be raining. Image courtesy of stalwart marshal Alex!

Ladies times

1Sarah GrantVision Racing /Delamere Dairy/GRM Property Consultants/Swinnerton Cycles1:02:21
2Emily MartinWeaver Valley CC1:02:42
3Claire HarrisonVision Racing /Delamere Dairy/GRM Property Consultants/Swinnerton Cycles1:05:21
4Janet GrintStockport Tri Club(2017)1:09:17
5Amanda YoungLyme Racing Club1:10:09
6Jan ScotchfordNorth Lancashire Road Club1:11:24
7Carol RobsonWeaver Valley CC1:13:10
8Lesley NorburyCongleton CC1:21:50
9Kerry GleaveCongleton CC1:22:47

Men’s Times

1Alex JonesRhyl Cycling Club0:52:22
2Adrian HughesSeamons CC0:55:23
3Ben NorburyCongleton CC0:55:40
4Daniel ShackletonABC Centreville0:56:36
5Robert PollenAshley Touring CC0:57:35
6Robin GreenRuncorn CC0:57:49
7Mike SmithBury Clarion CC0:58:35
8Andrew StokesBuxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles0:58:40
9Edward CalowLoughborough Students C C0:58:56
10Joseph CadwalladerBury Clarion CC0:59:08
11Mat StephensonCongleton CC0:59:24
12Peter WareSt Helens CRC0:59:25
13Peter RogersManchester Triathlon Club1:00:07
14Ronan O'cualainSeamons CC1:00:09
15Alan ChellCrewe Clarion Whs1:00:27
16Stephen SladinCongleton CC1:00:32
17Stephen TurnerWestmead Team 881:00:40
18Ian PollardCotswold Veldrijden1:00:51
19Alistair StanwayWeaver Valley CC1:00:56
20Stephen I'AnsonBuxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles1:01:11
21Mark CurleyCrewe Clarion Whs1:01:18
22Nathan CameronTrinity Cycling Team1:01:48
23Richard CoatesLeek Cyclists' Club1:02:04
24Andy RobinsonVision Racing /Delamere Dairy/GRM Property Consultants/Swinnerton Cycles1:02:12
25Joseph MolyneauxLeek Cyclists' Club1:02:13
26David FoxWarrington Road Club/Horton Light Engineering/RS Cyclesport1:02:37
27Kevin WoodwardSalford Cycling Club1:02:41
28Matthew LastTrinity Cycling Team1:02:46
29Graham PeelCrewe Clarion Whs1:03:13
30Tim WhitefootCrewe Clarion Whs1:03:15
31Martin WigganSeamons CC1:03:16
32Robbie HarcourtSalford Cycling Club1:03:27
33Jamie HumphriesWestmead Team 881:04:09
34Brandon EdgeleyCrewe Clarion Whs1:04:22
35Paul MannionManchester Triathlon Club1:04:38
36Michael SummersGlossop Kinder Velo Cycling Club1:04:38
37Michael HowardNewcastle (Staffs) Tri Club1:04:51
38Paul DeanMacclesfield Wheelers1:04:55
39Greg ElwellHalifax Imperial Wheelers1:05:11
40Lucy RogersCongleton CC1:05:38
41Ben WhatleyBuxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles1:05:47
42Richard PearnSt Helens CRC1:05:50
43Barry ArmstrongSeamons CC1:06:16
44Graeme EvansMersey Roads Club1:06:42
45Steve MarlowWeaver Valley CC1:06:48
46Paul ConnorWeaver Valley CC1:06:50
47Stuart LaurieWrexham RC1:07:27
48Dan RobsonWeaver Valley CC1:07:45
49Andrew MossCrewe Clarion Whs1:07:46
50Craig SephtonWeaver Valley CC1:07:48
51Dan ConawayWeaver Valley CC1:07:50
52Andrew WoolleyWeaver Valley CC1:07:51
53Ewen MacruryKnutsford Tri Club1:07:57
54Colin LatterWeaver Valley CC1:10:16
55Kenneth TriggerCrewe Clarion Whs1:11:37
56Daniel GoodwinGlossop Kinder Velo Cycling Club1:16:49
57Shaun LeonardEast Lancashire RC1:28:58

Full result sheet below:

Weaver Valley CC 25 TT – 080918 – results

Helping set course today for @WeaverValleyCC for @nwcca race tomorrow. I hope the wind dies down! 🌪 pic.twitter.com/c06JEpWqY1

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