Weekly round up 23-0521

Hartlepool CC 10m TT T107  23-05-21


Harry Tanfield (Team Qhubeka Assos) and Sophie Lankford (Jadan CycleSpace) were winners at the Hartlepool CC 10-mile time trial near Stockton on Tees on Sunday.

Tanfield, a pro road rider who is from nearby Great Ayton, clocked 19-44 to take the overall win by 34 seconds despite losing around ten seconds when he eased up too soon and had to pick up his pace again to get to the finish timekeepers.

Meanwhile Lankford was the lone female in the event, but the 25-year-old clocked a respectable  time of 24-40 to place 15th overall.

Tanfield’s time left Darlington CC’s Marcel Schubert to settle for second place in 20-18, while Kris Atkin (Team Kirkley Cycles) was third, another 1-05 off the pace.

Fastest veteran and fourth overall was Cleveland Wheelers’ Rob Carter who clocked exactly 22 minutes, while fifth was Wilson-Jay Brown (PM Racing UK) in 22-45 for second veteran.

The road bike category was won by Rob Carter, while the prize for best veteran on standard went to Teesdale CC’s Russ Richardson with a plus on +5.02.

Tanfield – who has also entered next Saturday’s Richmond CC sporting 23.5-mile time trial – is looking forward to racking up more domestic time trial wins in 2021, having comfortably won both the events he rode in 2020.

Riders faced a headwind on the way back, but of course it assisted them on the way out. The T107 course starts near Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park and heads out towards the docks. They proceed up to circle the Nuclear Power Station roundabout and retrace.

Some action shots from the race, apologies to Paul Thirling i took a photo of the tarmac, Paul was to quick to catch on camera.

11. Paul Thirling         00:23:26     Av 25.60 mph

12. Gary Hunt             00:23:27     Av 25.85 mph

24. Stephen Rhodes  00:28:13    Av  21.25 mph

29. Phil Wright          00: 29:57    Av 20.03 mph

Well done to all the guys who raced and a big thanks to all the marshalls and time keepers with out these guys no events could take place

Sunday morning club ride

It was a bit overcast and not too warm when Peter and Steve met up at the Golden Lion. So it wasn’t so much a group ride, more a bit of a bromance thing. It was early though. We had agreed to meet and ride to the Power Station roundabout to act as marshals at the turning point on the TT event. We got there a bit early and rode on up the Tees road to the next roundabout just to keep warm and clear the course of dead rabbits. When we got back to the Power station we were both happy to see that Jason had turned up in his mid life crisis and not only brought coffee but furnished us with warm hi vis jackets as well. They say that three is a crowd and the way these Sunday club rides are going three would be a crowd.
This Sundays ride was a game of two halfs. The first was marshalling for the HCC time trial event (see above for details) followed by a ride around the lanes and a coffee stop (other drinks are available).

Anyhow he also had a first aid kit on hand in case it was needed. Peter and Steve are skinny and there was a risk of hypothermia setting in as we stood around waiting for the TT riders to come past. Jason had also brought coffee for Phil the first rider off but he didn’t stop for it,  which was a bit rude really.
The marshalling went well considering and there was no need for the first aid kit. Last man off was Harry Tanfield who seemed to be taking it easy but at the same time managing to go very fast. The conditions were tough with a brisk wind which helped and hindered in equal measure but the rain kept off so at least it was dry.
After the event Peter and Steve set out into the brisk head wind on the Sunday ride, heading out to Billingham and round by Bishopton Mill on Bishopton Beck. The same stream, which also used to power a mill at Thorpe Thewles. Nowadays it goes almost unnoticed but was once a major contributor to the development and prosperity of these villages.
We headed up the steep little bank into Whitton and then onto Stillington.
When roads are narrow and steep and full of rough patches it would be nice if big four by fours towing horse boxes were a bit more considerate, in fact it would help if they were a lot more considerate.
Anyway with the wind on our backs and the sun coming out as we turned for home things got a bit easier, apart from the golden gates hill where suddenly Peter’s wheels had turned into squares. We stopped for more coffee(other drinks are available) at the Welly in Wolviston and had our photo taken just to show how much fun these rides are.
We did 40 plus miles at around 15 and a bit average which is exactly what it says on the tin. So if anyone has nowt better to do on a Sunday morning we normally meet 9:30 at the Golden Lion, with details posted on HCC strava.


Thanks to all who contributed this week.