Wednesday 18th April was the start of Darlington’s CC Club 10’s on the Attley Hill circuit round Scorton. Weather was tropical and there was some good times on the night. HCC’s Phil Wright managed a PB of 25:59.
Saturday was HCC’s own T105, after a worrying week of whether the event would be on due to a contraflow system impacting on the course. The morning saw all cones off the road and an aditional bonus ,it was a nice Spring day. The event went off without incident and the majority of the riders were quick to give credit to the club and its members for running a superb event. Philip Graves NOPINZ was fastest with a 19:59, Keith Murray Drag2Zero was second with 20:06 and Kris Atkin , Team Bottril was 3rd with 20:50. Generally times were a little slower from last years corresponding event. The VTTA Standard event was won by a spectacular ride by Adept Cycling’s Gary Hunt with a standard of +6:12 and a time of 20:57.
Sunday was the infamous Teesdale CRC Mountain Time Trial with 3 HCC entrants. The event was won by JLT Condor Pro rider James Gullen in a course record of 1:46:07. Hartlepool riders times were Paul Fountain 2:08:12 for 17th overall and 2nd Teesside affiliated ( good SPOCO points) , Paul Thirling 2:23:37 (first ride since injury) for 38th overall and 12th affilliated Teesside rider and Paul Garstang 2:41:16 for 56th overall and 22nd Teesside rider. Paul made a 5 minute gain on his time last year in what was described as tougher conditions – must be all the “sign collecting ” adding a bit of fitness.