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….)
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.
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..