HCC Sunday Social Cafe Ride
Phil and Sean met up for this Sundays ride, whilst Peter was away on family duties, Steve was injured and Matt was on a quest to fulfill an epic gravel ride.
The route took them up through Easington Colliery, towards Hawthorn, then upto South Hetton before coming back towards Haswell, then onto Salters Lane via Wingate and Station Town and then into Hartlepool via Hart. Although not that scenic its still a good training route and fairly hilly, but Sean and Phil seemed to be more pre-occupied with putting the world to wrights as the conversation flowed nicely.
It was a fairly easy and short ride this week after some good lengthy rides over the past few weeks. Also, Sean had already done a long ride alongside the Stockton Sportive yesterday with some good climbs and Phil had skipped a TT and completed some hard training during the week. No cafe stop this week either, so well done guys for getting the miles in. The ride was approx 30 mile at 13-14mph.
Matt on the other hand completed an epic 110 mile gravel ride, up towards Sunderland and then way out west past Consett towards Ramshaw and then back via Waskerley, Lanchester, Sacriston and Hetton Le Hole with some 5,620ft of climbing on his newly serviced Surly Pack Rat or HMS Comfort Balls as it’s known. Well done Matt, great alternative ride!
On Wednesday night, it was the continuation of the Club Tens (Week 5 of 7) from Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park. The weather forecast was rain, but it actually turned out to be a nice night, although there was still a headwind after the turn. 7 riders took part with 4 members from HCC qualifying for this years league points. Lee Morley was 1st home for the club in 23:55 with an excellent course PB. Steve Scanlon was 2nd home in 28:47, Phil Wright was 3rd in 29:02 and Tony Cheshire 4th in 30:17. Excellent rides guys! The event was won by Ryan Hall of Adept in 22:20.
After 5 weeks of racing, the league standings can be found below alongside this weeks results. There are still 2 weeks remaining in the club tens league for 2022. So please come along on Wednesday night 6th July for week 6 of this great series of time trials on a local course.
On Saturday, Gareth Parker completed the Stockton Sportive 38 mile distance. This is a great Sportive that goes towards Great Ayton and up Captain Cooks via Easby with a Feed Station stop at Kildale and then continues towards Battersby, Ingleby Greenhow, Kirkby, Stokesley and Seamer taking in some testing climbs. Well done Gareth!
Strava Club Leaderboard
This week Lee Morley took the top spot in the general classification with 176.0 miles, The Thirwind was 2nd with 163.8 miles and Phil Wright was 3rd with 114.9 miles.
Lee Morley was also the King Of The Mountains this week with 9,757 ft of climbing including a great ride over Rosedale Chimney and Blakey Bank! A big well done goes to Matt Johnson for his single ride of the week with a massive 110.8 miles!
For a second week only 5 riders went over the 100 mile mark for the week – Lee Morley, The Thirlwind, Phil Wright, Tim Summerton and Matt Johnson. Well done to you all.
Also for a second week running only 18 riders put miles on the board out of 52 Strava HCC members, well done to everyone and for the rest of you, now is the time to get out on the bike in the lovely weather! Well done to everyone.
Achievements to note, a big well done to Matthew Johnson for his epic 110 mile gravel ride, Lee Morley for a great 50 mile ride over Rosedale Chimney and Blakey Bank, Paul Sefton for hitting a much improved 61 mile for the week, Gareth Parker for a good ride in the Stockton Sportive and everyone else who is out enjoying their cycling this season! Be safe and most of all enjoy it and let the Tour De France inspire you all to get out on your bikes!