Weekly round up 23-0521

Hartlepool CC 10m TT T107  23-05-21

TANFIELD WINS, LANKFORD FASTEST FEMALE AT HARTLEPOOL 10

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.

Weekly round up 16-05-21

With the weather improving Club members where back out on the roads this week.

Hartlepool CC 10mTT    T107:

The first club 10m TT was held on Thursday with 10 entrants on the line including 3 club members, the event was won by Ryan Hall from Adept CC in a time of  0:23:21 the bench mark has been set!!

Steve Scanlon was fastest club man in 00:27:10  Steve Rhodes  0:28:35 and Phil Wright 00:30:08, well done gents

League table to be added shortly

VTTA Notts & E. Mids. (All Ages) Pref To VTTA Members.

Phil Wright and Gary Hunt rode strong races posting times of  01:08:50 Avg 21.8 mph and  00:55:24 Avg 27.1 mph respectively, well done guys

Club Ride

The weather forecast was a bit ominous with threats of heavy rain showers and there was a bit of a drizzle thing going on when we met up at the Golden Lion. But Sean, Peter and Steve turned out and braved the weather. Steve on his heavy Mtb with mudguards as his road bike dissolves in water. Peter and Sean were both thinking ”good that’ll slow him down a bit”. We decided to do the loop out through Trimdon and Sedgefield with Sean leading the way up Hart Lane. The roads remained wet but as we headed inland the grey murk lifted and a bit of blue sky could be seen. A cafe stop wasn’t on the cards when we set off but by the time we got to Sedgefield the roads were dry and the sun was almost shining so we had a stop for coffee (other drinks are available) at No 4. Fortunately Steve had remembered to bring a mask and was allowed in to order. Which proved fortunate for Peter and Sean as well. However Sean was after a donut but non were available. What they did have however was strawberry tarts. Strawberry tarts that were being freshly prepared just for us. Strawberry tarts with cream and a bit of extra cream on the side. Strawberry tarts that made the thin grey sunshine seem luminous as it reflected off the moist strawberry jelly, like an M&S food advert made real. So nice were these fruit confections that even as the conversation turned to politics the mood wasn’t soured one bit. We came back past the racecourse and through Bishopton. By the time we got to the Golden gates climb Peter’s strawberry filling had ran out and Steve cracked on ahead while Peter just cracked and Sean climbed steadily (he does well for an old bloke). We came back into a head wind blowing rain in off the sea along the 689. So we ended the ride the same way we started, wet. The pace was around 14 and a bit average. Everyone is welcome on these rides and if everything is well with the world we might have another go next week.

The club sends Richie Grant best wishes on a speedy recovery from his recent illness that has kept him of the bike.

Tanks to all who have contributed content this week.

Weekly round up 09-05-21

 The unsettled weather last week  certainly affected club members riding schedules.

The first club 10m TT  event on the new T107 course  was due to be held last Thursday but after looking at the forecast the committee made a last minute decision to cancel the event on safety grounds, as it turned out the conditions were perfect!! Better luck this week.

The weather put paid to all of the racing section of the club competing this weekend

Memory Lane

Thanks to John Parsons for supplying some Club 10m TT results from the 50s, It would be interesting to know what some of our senior members think of the times posted back then with the bikes, equipment to modern day times with carbon bikes and lycra.

It was great for me personally to see my dad John Grant and my Aunty Barbara and Uncle Bob on the results sheets

Copy of 1 Club 10 published results record 1949 to 1957

Velo 29 Pennines Sportive

Andrew Wilson bravely  rode the medium route of around 50 miles in horrendous conditions, rain from the start that turned into a blizzard and then horrendous whiteout conditions over the top of the Bollihope. The conditions made riders abandoned bikes at feeds zones and many needed help to get down from the Bollihope. Andrew dug deep and rode in survival mode over the Bollihope and back to the finish, he certainly earned a glass of red or two after a hot bath to thaw out.

Well done Andrew

Sunday club ride

No information supplied this week

Weekly round up 02-05-21

With the weather taking a turn for the worse there was still plenty of activity out on the roads from Club members.

Paul “The Thirlwind” Thirling and Richie “Gripper” Grant were the only guys racing at the weekend at the:

Darlington CC (Incl Road Bike Category) (BBAR)

The Thirlwind  put in a great ride on a testing course to finish  16th out of a field of 91 riders in a time of  00-:56:28 with an average speed of 26.56 mph.

Gripper Grant continues to make steady improvement to finish 47th in a time of 01:02:21 with an average speed of 24.10 mph. but still riding with a handicap of needing to lose 1/2 a stone!!

Well done gents.

Sunday Club Ride

We planned a flat ride for Sunday as hills get to be a bit tedious after a while. Was it this, or the bright Spring morning that brought the crowds out? Who knows, but a group of five met at the Golden Lion wondering where we could go without encountering many hills. We set off along Catcote Road. Steve, Sean, Peter, Paul S and Paul G. Then out along the 689 and round Stockton ring road. We aimed to do around 40 miles and take in the road that loops around the airport. The only problem with this plan was that having spent time on the internet, surfing, there was not much prospect of a suitably located cafe. We all like a good cafe stop but despite the area being a mecca for cyclists, according to the world wide web, it was a literal desert in terms of watering holes.
There is a lot of scenery in the form of fields with hedges and stuff but what we really wanted was a cafe to stop at. So it was great to see the Devonport hotel at Middleton one Row serving coffee (other drinks were available) but not sausage sarnies unfortunately. It was just as we were sitting down that Paul S told us that he had to get back home by one or his dinner would be fed to next doors dog.
Last week Jason paid for the cafe stop. This week Sean did the honours with proper money as well,  so a big thanks to them two but the rest of us are steadily racking up debt now and coffee doesn’t come cheap.
Anyway we were there long enough to learn of another cafe in Middleton St George, so one minute there aren’t any and then two come along together. It was then that it started to rain, and as we were mindful of Paul S and his dinner dilemma it was a question of how quick can you neck a coffee. Well it was down in one and off we went in the rain with the aim of getting Paul S back in time for his dinner. We headed to Sadberge and from there to Norton trying to plot a route that avoided hills. We came back along the Greatham track and by then the roads were dry again, a massive relief for Steve as his bike is allergic to dampness . It was just turning 12:30 by the time we got back to town so it was looking good for Paul S’s dinner but not so good for his neighbours dog. So all in all it was a successful ride with good company and maybe we will try again next week

Photograph kindly supplied by Crimewatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V-CC Ride

On Saturday V-CC members George Wilson and John Parsons took part in the River Tees ride.  It is on a Saturday as the Transporter is closed Sunday.  Since it is still closed, that part of the ride was missed.  Starting at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park, 8 riders, one who had come from Thirsk, went through Billingham on to cyclepaths along the North bank of the Tees over Victoria Bridge for lunch at The Dubliners pub. The return was along the winding route of cyclepaths around the Durham University Campus and back up the ramp at the Newport Bridge.  Through Haverton Hill back to Cowpen Bewley.  It was very cold all day but warm away from the wind and like being in a freezer in the shade of buildings and bridges. 18 miles at a very leisurely pace was enjoyed by all despite the cold.

Thanks to everyone for the content supplied.

 

 

 

Club 10s to start Thursday May 6th on the T107

Hartlepool CC
        
6:45pm            
Thursday         
May 6th to July 8th
                          T107  Seal Sands 10 mile TT
 
All,
Please note the weekly club ten starts next week, meet at the Cowpen Bewley Country Park Car Park, first rider off 18:45, make sure you have a rear light, any bike will do. As CTT charge a £3:00 levy ( for insurance ) we will have to charge a £5. We will be having a league for fastest and standard over 6 counting out of the 10 events, with plaques presented at the annual presentation night ( if covid allows) . The road surface on parts of the ten miles is not brilliant so don’t over inflate your tyres. ! ha It is open to members of CTT affiliated clubs and we have a “try it  and see” for non club members.

Weekley round up 25-04-21

Again with the weather being kind this week the Hartlepool CC members were out in force.

 

Richie”Gripper”Grant make another trip over to the lakes to compete in the:

Beacon Wheelers (Charity Event)

Phil”The Power” Wright and Gary”Flying Machine”Hunt were both down to ride  the O10/5 near Sheffield but on safety grounds decided against it. It has a very hairy downhill start and then hurtles you through a village with a 4 way junction. So to make up they both had a dummy run on HCC’s new T107, no official times but Gary did it in a longish 23 and Phil done it in a longish 29, both without any aero gains. Road surface is a bit grim in places so don’t have too much pressure in your tyres or you will need frequent visits to the dentists.

Sunday Club Ride

Sundays club ride was around 40 miles with the Aviator cafe as a destination to aim for as a coffee stop. Five of us met at the Golden Lion. Steve, Jason and Peter and two new lads Nigel and Jim. The dry sunny morning had certainly brought the crowds out. We headed out through Deaf Hill and luckily  for him Steve slowed down a bit to have a look behind him before he went down Signing Bank. The other three of us were stood at Coxhoe turning wondering where he was off too. Jim had given up by then but fair play you have to try these things to see if its for you. Anyway we arrived at the cafe road junction at the same time as a large group of cyclists from Stockton. The road up to the cafe is a steep ramp and it became a bit of a race to get to the cafe first. Jason had seen the Stockton group and sprinted up the hill but a couple of the Stockton group were hot on his heels. By the time I got there, there was a large group congregated outside the cafe, but fortunately Jason was at the front of it. Now the question is, how many cyclists can you fit in a cafe? Well not many it turns out, even when you have to sit outside. However thanks to Jasons efforts, while the 20 or so Stockton group had to sit on the grass with takeaways, us four were invited to a seat at a bench with full waitress service. A little win! Coffee and sausage sandwiches all round then and we sat and watched a small plane take off into the blue. The way back was via Sedgefield and mainly into the wind along the 689. Steve and Peter turned along the Dalton back road while Jason and Nigel continued back into town. I think everyone enjoyed it, so there’s only one thing to do, try again next week.

Zwift

 Steve Scanlon has just completed all 5 stages of the Tour Of Watopia on Zwift on Mon 26th April. This is the only image Steve has is showing all stages completed in his  Zwift companion app.

Well done to all the club members for another busy week on the bike……..

Weekly round up

With covid restrictions easing and the bright but chilly weather club members where out in force over the weekend

The racing section of the club were busy with Phil Wright and Gary Hunt riding the:

 

VTTA Notts & E. Mids.

Gary”The flying machine” Hunt placed 35th with a 21:50 with an average speed of 27:48, just managing his 10 mile VTTA standard medal ,  Phil” The Power” Wright was placed 81st with a time 26:58 with an average speed of 22:25

Well done to the lads for travelling so far a field and flying the flag for Hartlepool CC.

 

 

 

Paul Fountain , Richie”Gripper”Grant  and Phil”The Power” Wright were down to ride Sunday morning but unfortunately Phil was a DNS (A)  suffering a nasty cough after the A10/14

  • Stockton Whs CC (Sporting Course)

    Date/Time: 18-Apr-21 09:00:00

 

  • Distance: 23 Miles

 

  • Course: T235

Paul rode a solid race to take 14 th position with a time 0:57:09 with a average speed of 24.17mph. Richie came in 34th place with a time of 1:04:53 with an average speed of 21.3 mph.

Well done to both riders.

Sunday morning club run

Sunday saw the 1st club ride for 2021 with  three club members Peter Sanderson, Steve Scanlon and Paul Sefton turning up for the ride, hardly a super spreader event but at least the club colours were out on show..
It was bloody cold with a slight wind blowing just to keep the chill factor high (low) ? So I was surprised to see Paul in shorts and summer jersey. I had three layers on and was still shivering. Anyway we went out along the 689 and through Bishopton where women were stood taking photos of us. I did wonder if they were some sort of vigilante speed cameras,, but soon realised that they hadn’t turned out for us but to take pictures of their other halves taking part in a Stockton Wheelers time trial. A bit like the reverse of readers wives. It brings home just how unfit you are when you are struggling up a little bank and someone comes past you without any effort and about four times as fast.
Anyhow I had checked the cafe website and it confirmed it was open but when we got there, guess what, it was shut.
So whats to do now? We thought stop off at Thorpe Thewles pub and get a coffee there instead. The sun was out now and it was warming up nicely and with the wind behind us sometimes and mainly downhill on the way back we were looking forward to a nice coffee stop. By now I was a bit too warm and Paul was happy in his summer kit. Anyhow we got to the pub and guess what, shut.
So no photo of us three sat enjoying coffee in the sun and what else to do now? Nothing but give up and go home. Which is what we did raking in the scenic route through Dalton. So there is only one thing for it, try again next week

So anyone wanting to join the club run next Sunday  meet at the Golden Lion at 9:30. The idea of the Sunday ride is to do around 40-50 miles at a steady pace and be back by early afternoon.

Veteran-Cycle Club NYSD

HCC members George Wilson and John Parsons were in group of 9 riders who took part in the first Veteran-Cycle Club NYSD section ride around Stockton. 
 Starting in Preston along a track to join the cycle path in to Stockton centre, along the Riverside,across to Portrack Lane following cycle paths alongside the A19 for a refreshment stop at Gregg's in Norton Village. 
Quiet roads then led to Roseworth and through to the old railway line to Hartburn and back to Preston Park.
The conditions for cycling were idyllic and it was the perfect social ride, 16 miles at an average speed of 8.5mph.  not exactly race training but good enough for the older, less fit locals. 
 One new V-CC member had driven up from Thirsk for the ride and was delighted at what we had to offer.
  John Parsons is the local ride organiser for the V-CC who can be contacted on  johngparsons2003@yahoo.co.uk  and would be delighted to see new riders on May 1st meeting at 10.30 am at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park for a ride down the north bank of the Tees
 and back along the south bank to the start. Mostly cycle paths and a leisurely pace.

Weekly round up 11-04-21

HCC’s Gary Hunt and Phil Wright rode the 25 mile TT on the A11/25 course on the A50 near Derby

B.D.C.A. (BBAR)

. Very cold windy conditions prevailed. Gary did 55:06 to finish 27th and Phil did a 1:09:14 to finish 62nd out of a field of 80. Both riders achieved their VTTA standard and are eligible for VTTA medals for that distance. Gary  won the Veterans 50- 59 section and claimed £15.00 prize money. 1st drink on Gary at the annual presentation night!!

Well done to both riders

 

 

Richie “Gripper “Grant opened his account with a brave ride at the:

Beacon Wheelers (NLTTA Spoco)(Lowther Circuit)(Charity Event)

The weather  in North Cumbria was sunny with little wind but extremely cold with the  temperature hovering around -3.

The Lowther Loop,is a sporting  time trial course,  and saw riders complete a 14.9-mile circuit around the Cumbrian countryside.

Riders started and finished near Newtown before heading out to Askham and then south through Helton, Bampton and Rosgill before joining the A6 back north to the finish

Richie said “It was a tough one and the most technical course I’ve ever done. The course was down windy lanes and with corners which would catch people out. There was also a kicker of a climb to get the legs burning.

Richie finished  56th with a time of 45:47 and average speed 19.527 mph out of a field of 69.

Sunday morning club rides

Peter (Sanderson) has been in touch to try and raise awareness for the Club rides on a  Sunday morning
Peter said ” There has been a bit of interest in Sunday morning rides following the easing of Covid restrictions. I know that the Sappers group is very popular but there is also a small group that goes a bit slower and not as far and meet at the Golden Lion on Sundays generally about 9:30. The pace is around 14 -15 average and the aim is for not dropping anyone. Generally, the mileage is around 40-50. Looking at the weather I am not anticipating many out this weekend but hopefully as the weather improves there might be a few more out.
As cafes open up again, I would hope that a stop along the way could be had as well time permitting”.
Some come on guys lets try and get the club colours out in force on a Sunday Morning.

 

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