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.
|1||Sarah Grant||Vision Racing /Delamere Dairy/GRM Property Consultants/Swinnerton Cycles||1:02:21|
|2||Emily Martin||Weaver Valley CC||1:02:42|
|3||Claire Harrison||Vision Racing /Delamere Dairy/GRM Property Consultants/Swinnerton Cycles||1:05:21|
|4||Janet Grint||Stockport Tri Club(2017)||1:09:17|
|5||Amanda Young||Lyme Racing Club||1:10:09|
|6||Jan Scotchford||North Lancashire Road Club||1:11:24|
|7||Carol Robson||Weaver Valley CC||1:13:10|
|8||Lesley Norbury||Congleton CC||1:21:50|
|9||Kerry Gleave||Congleton CC||1:22:47|
|1||Alex Jones||Rhyl Cycling Club||0:52:22|
|2||Adrian Hughes||Seamons CC||0:55:23|
|3||Ben Norbury||Congleton CC||0:55:40|
|4||Daniel Shackleton||ABC Centreville||0:56:36|
|5||Robert Pollen||Ashley Touring CC||0:57:35|
|6||Robin Green||Runcorn CC||0:57:49|
|7||Mike Smith||Bury Clarion CC||0:58:35|
|8||Andrew Stokes||Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles||0:58:40|
|9||Edward Calow||Loughborough Students C C||0:58:56|
|10||Joseph Cadwallader||Bury Clarion CC||0:59:08|
|11||Mat Stephenson||Congleton CC||0:59:24|
|12||Peter Ware||St Helens CRC||0:59:25|
|13||Peter Rogers||Manchester Triathlon Club||1:00:07|
|14||Ronan O'cualain||Seamons CC||1:00:09|
|15||Alan Chell||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:00:27|
|16||Stephen Sladin||Congleton CC||1:00:32|
|17||Stephen Turner||Westmead Team 88||1:00:40|
|18||Ian Pollard||Cotswold Veldrijden||1:00:51|
|19||Alistair Stanway||Weaver Valley CC||1:00:56|
|20||Stephen I'Anson||Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles||1:01:11|
|21||Mark Curley||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:01:18|
|22||Nathan Cameron||Trinity Cycling Team||1:01:48|
|23||Richard Coates||Leek Cyclists' Club||1:02:04|
|24||Andy Robinson||Vision Racing /Delamere Dairy/GRM Property Consultants/Swinnerton Cycles||1:02:12|
|25||Joseph Molyneaux||Leek Cyclists' Club||1:02:13|
|26||David Fox||Warrington Road Club/Horton Light Engineering/RS Cyclesport||1:02:37|
|27||Kevin Woodward||Salford Cycling Club||1:02:41|
|28||Matthew Last||Trinity Cycling Team||1:02:46|
|29||Graham Peel||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:03:13|
|30||Tim Whitefoot||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:03:15|
|31||Martin Wiggan||Seamons CC||1:03:16|
|32||Robbie Harcourt||Salford Cycling Club||1:03:27|
|33||Jamie Humphries||Westmead Team 88||1:04:09|
|34||Brandon Edgeley||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:04:22|
|35||Paul Mannion||Manchester Triathlon Club||1:04:38|
|36||Michael Summers||Glossop Kinder Velo Cycling Club||1:04:38|
|37||Michael Howard||Newcastle (Staffs) Tri Club||1:04:51|
|38||Paul Dean||Macclesfield Wheelers||1:04:55|
|39||Greg Elwell||Halifax Imperial Wheelers||1:05:11|
|40||Lucy Rogers||Congleton CC||1:05:38|
|41||Ben Whatley||Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles||1:05:47|
|42||Richard Pearn||St Helens CRC||1:05:50|
|43||Barry Armstrong||Seamons CC||1:06:16|
|44||Graeme Evans||Mersey Roads Club||1:06:42|
|45||Steve Marlow||Weaver Valley CC||1:06:48|
|46||Paul Connor||Weaver Valley CC||1:06:50|
|47||Stuart Laurie||Wrexham RC||1:07:27|
|48||Dan Robson||Weaver Valley CC||1:07:45|
|49||Andrew Moss||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:07:46|
|50||Craig Sephton||Weaver Valley CC||1:07:48|
|51||Dan Conaway||Weaver Valley CC||1:07:50|
|52||Andrew Woolley||Weaver Valley CC||1:07:51|
|53||Ewen Macrury||Knutsford Tri Club||1:07:57|
|54||Colin Latter||Weaver Valley CC||1:10:16|
|55||Kenneth Trigger||Crewe Clarion Whs||1:11:37|
|56||Daniel Goodwin||Glossop Kinder Velo Cycling Club||1:16:49|
|57||Shaun Leonard||East Lancashire RC||1:28:58|