100 in 8 event is getting closer and and some club members are getting some serious miles in the legs for the ride.
Brian Blakelock rode a recce over the Bollihope and Paul Sefton got some steady miles in over the weekend, Andy Downs was top mile muncher in the club again last week with Trevor Jones and Andrew Wilson not far behind.
Andrew was spotted mincing around town, test riding/showing off his new bike and designer saddle bag (look closely) in preparation for the big day…
The second round of the Velo29 winter series was held on Saturday. A bright sunny but very cold morning welcomed the the riders to the Croft motor racing circuit at Darlington.
Richie Grant rode in the Cat 4 8 lap race (16 mile) A group of around 65 riders started.
A nasty crash on the second lap split the field and luckily Richie avoided the incident and stayed safe in the front group.He finished safely in the top 20 after deciding not to contest the sprint on health and safety grounds (he was blowing out his fat a….)
This event used to be organised by CWCC, but I cant find anything on their website about this years event but there are a few guys from Hartlepool Cycling Collective doing the ride and they have sent the info to me.
It will be a good training ride for our 100/8, and it would be nice to get a group together from Hartlepool CC. if anyone is interested please drop me a line
Meeting Place:Marton Shops Boro Casual (No-Drop) / Rolling Hills
A £1 on the day starting at Marton shops. Usually sets off around 9:15 am on Sunday 9th FEB.. Idea is you ride 50 miles in 4 hours. The event finishes at Brompton. Tell them your back so they can sign you off, take your certificate and sulk back to your preferred café.
Over Clay bank, Newgate bank, Hemsley, back of Sutton (The Graveyard), down Sutton, Thirsk, Northallerton and finish at Brompton.
The annual club presentation night was held last Thursday night at Abbeys Bars (Portals Place) to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the club members during the 2019 season.
Paul Garstang opened the night with his welcome speech to go through the order of events for the evening and to introduce the some of the special guests we had in attendance:
Lewis Hall presented the awards assisted by John Grant who was compare for the night. Gavin Russel and Dave Oliver from the VTTA ,with who the club work closely with hosting TT events in the Teesside district were also at the event. A special mention must go to Mrs Russell who presented the Phillip Russell Memorial Trophy for the fastest 10m TT.
Phil and his family deserve a big thank you from the club members for organising the evening as a they put in a lot of hard work that is not always appreciated and also the staff at Abbeys Bar deserve a pat on the back for the service and buffet they provided.
Hartlepool Cycling club championships 2019:
SPOCO 23mTT Edward Walker Cup P Thirling 00;55:43 Actual
SPOCO 23mTT Handicap SPOCO Handicap Cup R Grant 00:55:24 Handicap
Senior 10m TT J.W.Cameron Cup G Hunt 00:23:15 Actual
Handicap 10m TT 10m TT Handicap Cup R Grant 00:19:22 Handicap
Fastest 10m TT Phillip Russell Memorial Trophy P Fountain 00:21:37 Actual
Senior 25m TT Ron Best Cup G Hunt 00:59:10 Actual
Handicap 25m TT 25m TT Handicap Cup R Grant 00:51:45 Handicap
Fastest 25m TT Marcus Bloom Shield G Hunt 00:55:50 Actual
Senior 50m TT 50m TT Shield G Hunt 01:54:11 Actual
Hill Climb Hill Climb Cup P Thirling 00:04:06 Actual
Best All Rounder B.A.R Cup 1st place G Hunt 26.88 mph ( Average over 10m, 25m, 50m distances)
B.A.R Plaque 2nd place R Grant 24.68 mph ( Average over 10m, 25m, 50m distances)
B.A.R Plaque 3rd place P Wright 23.48 mph ( Average over 10m, 25m, 50m distances)
100/8 Challenge P Garstang, P Wright, A Wilson, R Grant, T Jones, B Blakelock, A Downs. All received a commemorative medal.
Photographs of the award winners:
Apologises if some photographs are missing, these are the only ones i have been sent.
The raffle was a success with some good prizes kindly donated by club members which raised £115 to go to the club funds so a big thank you to Janet and Julie who sold the tickets and also to Andrew Wilson who was sorting the beer chits and taking in the yearly subs.
Andrew was made up after winning a designer pink saddle bag in the raffle to go with his pink cycling tights which hopefully will get its first public outing in this years 100/8..
After the closing address by Paul it was time to reminisce with some of the old guard who were well represented on the night.
A trip down memory lane for some of the old timers, who reckon they could still beat the young guns of today over most of the TT distances but especially the 100/8!!!!
Two photographs taken 63 years apart of the same group of lads.
Here are the lads representing West Hartlepool CC in the 1957 Bruslington Road Race.
Left to Right: Lewis Hall, Jim McNeil, John Grant, Ken Bainbridge, Colin Lyth and Ian Cox.
The 2020 photo: Jim McNeil, Ken Bainbridge, Lewis Hall and John Grant, Missing from the photo are Colin who now lives in Australia and sadly Ian who is no longer with us but the lads had a few beers for them in their absence.
Please note the following events are confirmed for 2020.
100/8 on Sunday 8th March, the same route as last year commencing at the Golden Lion (Aldi Arms) 0830 hours.
Any club member thinking of doing 100/8 could you please drop me an email so we can get a feel for numbers.
17/05/20 – HCC / VTTA open TT, 10 miles on course T107.
14/06/20 – HCC / VTTA open TT, 25 miles on course T252/3
19/07/20 – HCC / VTTA open TT, 50 miles on course T 502/2.
All time trials have both TT and Road Bikes sections.
A working rear light is NOW COMPULSORY in alll CTT & VTTA events. NO LIGHT NO RIDE!!!!
All open events have a requirement for the course to be marshalled to comply with regulations concerning time trials on the public highway. If any assistance can be given to help out on the day it would be greatly appreciated.
Club 10m TT mid week series
1st Thursday in May and running for approx. 8 weeks, numbers dependant is a club 10 on course T 107. This course starts 200 metres before the Cowpen Bewley Visitors Centre on the Seal Sands road, proceeds to the Seal Sands roundabout where a left turn is made. Proceed to power station roundabout then double back and complete the course in reverse finishing just before the railway bridge.
This is a new course for 2020,so we are discussing holding a trial run before the season gets fully under way to see where we need to marshal around the course etc.
The annual VTTA North Group award presentation event was held at Hardwick Hall Sedgefield on Sunday 5th January in celebration of the 2019 season. Hartlepool CC were well represented on the day and I must say the guys look very different when not wearing Lycra but do scrub up well….
Hartlepool CC racing members Gary Hunt, Phil Wright and Richie Grant did the club proud winning numerous awards between them and did not do that bad in the raffle either lol.
A special mention must go to Gary, who won the bulk of trophies/awards on offer through out the VTTA racing season.
Group Trophies and 2019 winners:
Joe Jones Memorial Cup for the Best all rounder : Gary Hunt ( Phil Wright 6th )
Team Shield : Hartlepool CC Gary Hunt, Phil Wright.
25 Shield : Gary Hunt
George Siddle Memorial Trophy : Gary Hunt ( Phil Wright 5th )
Doreen Hugill Memorial Cup : Gary Hunt
Jim Burton : Memorial Cup : Gary Hunt ( Richie Grant 3rd )
President Cup : Gary Hunt
Lenny Downs Shield : Hartlepool CC Gary Hunt, Richie Grant, Phil Wright.
Tom Mathews Cup : Gary Hunt
Northern Unity Cup : Gary Hunt
Points competition on standard Actual Fastest : Richie Grant ( Gary Hunt 2nd )
Short distance competition : Phil Wright 4th
Standards : Phil Wright 10m, 15m, 30m, 100m. Gary Hunt 100m
Teeside District Hill Climb Age Group Winner : Richie Grant
Apologies if I have missed any awards out, again well done to all the guys for flying the flag proudly for Hartlepool CC..