Quarterly News Round Up

100/8 – March 3rd saw 7 HCC riders set off to complete the 100 in 8 over Bollyhope. The weather forecast for the day was for 40 mph winds and driving hail/rain. It was agreed that at Stanhope we would call a “rain check” to see whether the weather would allowus to complete the course. Richie Grant, Bryan Blakelock, Phil Wright, Andrew Wilson, Andy Downs, Paul Garstang and Trevor Jones set off at 09:00 supported by John Grant and Neil Stuart.

The weather was making it tough going with a strong headwind going over the tops making the climbing of Unthank Bank and Bollyhope increasingly diificult. At 14:00 the rain/sleet arrived and a squelchy last 3 hours resulted. Mission accomplished all riders completed  the 100 miles in between 7-7:30 hours most with severe hypothermia !

Thank to John and Neil for the support car driving.

SPOCO – well the TT SPOCO season started on 10th March with the Cleveland Wheelers T211R, conditions remakably reminnicest of the weather received the week before for the 100/8. Richie Grant had a strong ride in the conditions with 24th place out of 90 entrants with a 59:48 and as the event was a full 1 1/2 miles longer than normal giving an average speed in excess of 21 mph in those conditions – well done Ritchie. Phil Wright was the only other HCC rider taking part – well he finished safely ! The event was won by Keith Murray -DRAG2ZERO in 49:28

2 events over the weekend 23-24th March saw HCC riders out. The Saturday event V226 Hosted by Harrogate Nova near Boroughbridge, conditions were dry and bright, HCC’s Phil Wright tried again – well he finished. The event was won by Stephen Ayres in 31:14

2 HCC riders took part in the Teesdale CRC T244/1 over the Staindrop course, Paul Thirling was 12th overall in 50:27 and Richie Grant 21st overall in 56:23 , a 35 mph head wind making the last 5 miles a bit of a nightmare. Shaun Tyson of Ribble Pro Racing won the event 47:27 – well done Shaun

Weekend coming sees Phil Wright having a go at the R25/3H in South Wales with no events in Teesside District, not sure whether we have any other HCC riders  competing.

Andy Downs has been putting in some major miles in Sportives in Mallorca – very impressive.

The next SPOCO in the area is the popular Stockton Wheelers event at Bishopton on 7th April , please get your entries in prior to 29th/03/2019 no need for a specialised TT bike there is a road bike category – please refer to CTT web site for details.

The weekend Club rides are proving popular , although there has been one or two incidents reported. Please remember HCC riders, we have a code of conduct and should adhere to it at all times please.

2018 Awards Ceremony – Storyboard

Hi all

The 2018 HCC Anual Awards Ceremony was held at Abbeys Bar/Portals Place on 10th January 2019. All members and guests were treated to drinks and a top class hot and cold buffet. Thanks to all for attending – it was a full house and a fitting finale to the 2018 season where many HCC cyclists were successful in Teesside, North and National levels.

Opening address was given by Paul Garstang , who thanked all attendess with special thanks to Mrs Russell and John and Doreen  Lyth. Thankfully no major accidents this year. Special note was made of Richard Booth’s on going acheivements in the Veteran Road Racing endeavours. Paul Fountain and Paul Thirling for winning the  respective age categories in the Teesside SPOCO league, Phil Wright for the Fastest plus  50 mile TT on Standard in the North Area VTTA and Andrew Wilson for acheiving Standard 10 mile TT in Norh VTTA. Finally the 4 participants on the 100 in 8 over Bollyhope who received medals of achievement, Trevor Jones,Andrew Wilson,Paul Garstang and Phil Wright.

John Lyth and John Grant presented the awards.

Notable winners were :-

Paul Thirling – SPOCO Winner the Edward Walker Cup

Phil Wright Fastest 50 mile TT shield

Richard Booth Vetaran RR Champion

Mark Tinkler Philip Russel Memorial Trophy for the fastest 10 mile TT in a Harlepool Event

Neil Stuart Std Points Trophy in the HCC T105  League

Finally the Best All Rounder Richard Grant with an Average Speed of 24:08 mph over some very difficult terrain

 

Well done to all.

Full Results below

Thanks to all the Management and Staff of Abbeys Bar / Portals Place, dont think it could have gone any better – see you all next year , hopefully.

HCC 25 mile TT on T254 16/09/2018

L & G

Hartlepool CC are promoting their last Time Trial of the season on the ” user friendly” course T254 near Leeming on 16th September 2018 . Please see the attached details. As always we are indepted to the volunteers who make these events possible, which in turn  provides some financial assistance to the club to arrange prize presentation, assistance to racing costs and assistance to club kit purchase. If anyone would like to assist please contact Paul or Phil as per the attachment.

Closing date for entries is midnight 4th September 2018 via the CTT website or give Phil a call on 07702 244922.

HCC 50 Mile TT on 12/08/2018 – update

Well after all that preparation, the weather finally defeated us. The race was called off on safety grounds – the spray created by traffic in the Northern Sector of the course was hazardous to any rider. Many thanks to all involved : Mark, Paul, Jason and Derek who were down to Marshal the turn, Neil who was to Marshal the slip road to the finish. Paul and Andrew for pushing off. John who was due to number catch, John who was the result board man. Phil and David for timekeeping duties and finally but certainly not least Ruth and Janet for catering – who in fact where the only ones to do any graft. Thanks to all riders for entering this event, we had a very strong field of 95. Apologies to anyone who I may have missed and there is bound to be someone,  but I am a little frazzled  after this morning.

 

Lets hope the weather is better for our final event of the season the T254 16th September first rider off 09:01 get your entries in please.

 

 

 

 

Please note entry for HCC’s 50 mile TT on 12/08/2017 is closing at midnight on 31st July 2018.

All HCC members who are not riding in this event and who would be available to Marshall or assist with the running of the event will be suitably reimbursed for any expenses incurred in getting to/from Crathorne. Travel will be arranged for those marshalling at the turn. Please contact Phil Wright 07702 244922 or Paul Garstang 07784 781221, Thanks in anticipation.