1st April (Fools Day) saw Phil Wright tackling the infamous R25/3H in South Wales. However sub zero overnight temperatures meant the race started with a temperature of 2 degrees – meaning fast times were not going to be had for the early starters. Phil only acheived a 1:05 for the 25 miles the winner posted a 50 minute ride.
7th April was the Darlington 2 up , heavy rain meant a lot of entrants DNS, however Richie Grant and Darren Peart rode for a long 26 – in very grim conditions.
8th April was the T235 SPOCO round the Bishopton – Sadberg – Redmarshall circuit run by SWCC.
Paul Thirling (HCC) was 1st Teesside Affilliated rider and 3rd overall with 54:10
Phil Wright (HCC) 1:06:26
Mark Tinkler (HCC) 1:07:33 after taking a wrong turn
James Kilpatrick (HCC) – DNF wrong turn.
Richie Grant (HCC) – DNF
15th April was the T091 x 2 SPOCO , twice round the Seamer circuit, Paul Fountain was the fastest HCC rider with a creditible 42:08 for a 10th overall place and 7th Teesside Affilliated. Mark Tinkler did a 45:03 for 28th (23rd Teesside), Richie Grant 52:12 and Phil Wright 52:29 completed the HCC entrants.
This coming week we have our own HCC event on the T105 Sedgefield Course (roadworks permitting) on Saturday 21st April 2018 with first HCC rider off at 14:01 – Andrew Wilson with 7 other HCC riders competing. For the more hardier rider there is the T405 – the mountain time trial on Sunday 22nd with the three Pauls (Thirling.Fountain and Garstang) making up the HCC contingent of entrees.
This Wednesday 18th April sees the start of the Club tens with the Darlington CC course near Croft being the first this season to see action. Remember any HCC club rider can turn up and enter on the line for the princely sum of £3:00.