Nick Hall blasted his way through the wind and rain at last Saturday’s National Clarion 10-mile TT, to record the fastest time for the Bury club with 23mins 45secs, followed closely by Andy Horner with 24:04. Finishing the other side of the 25-minute mark on the Cheshire course, were Phil Ball, 26:23 and Steve Side, 26:27.
The previous week Andy Horner raced at Tarleton, for Southport CC’s weekly 10-mile time-trial. In atrocious weather conditions, Horner just missed the sub-25-minutes, posting 25:07, placing him 5th out of 11 riders.
Ryan Whatmough won the Litherland 2/3 cat circuit race last week the Merseyside event also saw Nick Hall finish in 8th and Martin Usher 9th.
Nick Hall also rode a LVRC road race in Saighton at the weekend, finishing the 50-mile event in the top ten for his age group, despite the wet, windy conditions.
Simon Yates won the recent Arden Challenge in Belgium. The Bury Clarion member rode with his twin brother, Adam, who took 3rd place on the final stage of the four day stage race, where the overall is decided on points.
Nick Hall returned to the TT scene last week racing in the weekly Southport 10-miler at Tarleton, Lancashire. On a very windy night, the Bury fast-man finished 6th with 23mins 48secs
Meanwhile club-mate, Jon Longworth took on his first time-trial for several years the previous week, posting a very respectable 28mins 11secs at the same distance on the Tarleton course.
At Last weekend’s Clarion Circuit race at Salt Ayre, Lancaster, the 2/3/4 category race saw a bunch finish. Martin Usher was Bury’s best placed rider in 9th out of 41.
Hello each, well boys and girls didn’t we have a lovely ride today, six of us enjoyed the Spring sunshine on a ride of about 20 miles towards Rochdale, back over Owd Betts, then through Edenfield to Helmshore and back home via Holcombe. Maybe something a bit longer next week?
I suggest Sunday morning, we’ll see how the weather is.
Steve Side, my son Neil and I have entered a couple of two up time trials next month, other member have expressed interest in these events, let me know if you are interested, and I’ll see if I can put together another team or two. I think these events will be quite popular, so entries need to be in fairly soon, even then there’s no guaranteed that they will be accepted.
This saturday 13th April, meet at Castle Leisure Centre at 9.30am -all welcome, members and friends!
Geoff Downs and Paul Whatmough returned to the Manchester Velodrome last week for the weekly ACT track league.
In the elimination race, The Devil Takes The Hindmost, the Bury-duo finished in 2nd place whilst riding in groups one and two respectively. Later Downs rode to 3rd place in the 12-lap scratch race and the Course De Primes, Whatmough posted 3rd in the 30-lap points race.
John Yates sped to 1st place in the 20-lap points race at the penultimate First-Division regional track league. The Manchester Velodrome event, saw the father of famous Yates twins, Adam and Simon, also take 3rd place in The Devil Takes The Hindmost and 4th in the 16-lap scratch race.
Geoff Downs hung on in the elimination race, The Devil Takes The Hindmost, to finish in 3rd place at the Monday evening ACT track league. The Bury-rider, competing in group 1, is currently third overall in the league.
Simon Yates threw Bury into the spotlight last week when he won the title of World Points Champion. The 20-year-old had fans on the edge of their seats when he dramatically stormed to Gold at the World Track Championships in the Belarus capital of Minsk,earning himself the rainbow jersey. The Bury Clarion member, riding for Great Britain, later went on to win 11th place in the Madison race along with 19-year-old Owain Doull from Wales.
Back at home, Geoff Downs and Paul Whatmough were competing at the Manchester Velodrome in the ACT track league, where Whatmough won the elimination race The Devil Takes The Hindmost. Later, Downs and Whatmough, Riding in groups one and two respectively, correspondingly finished the 12-lap scratch race in 3rd and 2nd place. Downs, won another 3rd place in the 30-lap points race, whilst Whatmough went on to to win 2nd in the 12-lap Course De Primes.
Simon Yates, who with his twin brother Adam, started his cycling career with Bury Clarion became the World Points Champion last night in Belarus.
Riding with incredible maturity Simon got the 2 points he needed in a thrilling last lap effort that saw him come from near the back of the field.
The BBC have 2 excellent reports with videos of the closing stages and an interview with Simon