CYCLING: Bourne riders excel at National 25 mile time trial championships

James Gelsthorpe EMN-160806-141258001
James Gelsthorpe EMN-160806-141258001

Four local riders took part in the ‘blue riband’ RTTC National 25 Mile Time Trial Championships last weekend.

First up on Saturday were Claire Steels (Peterborough CC) and Louise Day (Team Swift) riding in the women’s event held at nearby Sawtry on a challenging course on the old A1.

The very hot sunny day made for less than ideal racing conditions, but both riders acquitted themselves exceptionally well against a high quality field of 90 riders. World Age Group Duathlon Champion Steels posted a personal best time of 1 hour 2 minutes 52 seconds to come home in 22nd place. Day finished in 1 hour 6 minutes 10 seconds to take 41st place overall and 15th Vet.

Sunday, saw the men’s race taking place near Snetterton in Norfolk as 150 riders tackled a rolling course on the A11. The very windy conditions made for a very fast out leg, but the return to the finish saw riders battling into a challenging head wind that proved decisive.

James Gelsthorpe’s (Peterborough CC) great season continued as he raced home in 51 minutes 38 seconds to finish 42nd overall, whilst Antony Gough (Velo-One Cycling) posted a new personal best time of 53 minutes and 26 seconds to finish 63rd overall and 15th Vet.

Qualifying for the National Championships is an achievement in itself and finishing in the top half of the field is a testament to the hard work all four riders have put in this season.

Closer to home, a rare strong South Westerly wind had 16 riders eager to make the most of it on the six mile stretch along the B1177 to Billingborough on the Aslackby 10 TT course this week.

It did not disappoint as both the one week old course record and six year club course record were smashed along with a string of personal bests for many riders.

Fastest on the night was Gelsthorpe, who smashed his previous week’s record by a further 44 seconds (20:59).

Tom Comben was second, taking the club course record and achieving an all-time 10 mile personal best (21:51). Tim James (Catford CC Equipe Banks) completed the top 3 with 22:45.

Nick Leaton beat his PB by over a minute (25:59), Chris Kettle beat his PB by 50 seconds (23:34) as did Cliff Hilless (23:53), Lee Thomas (25:26), Ian Davison (26:37) and Ellie Peel (33:21), who also took the Youth win.

In the Scratch League, the fight for second spot has just two points in it with Chris Kettle (113 pts) leading over Cliff Hilless (111 pts).

In the Handicap League, Cliff Hilless has a comfortable lead (113 pts) with Chris Kettle second (106 pts) and Tom Comben third (102 pts).

In the Vets on Standard League, Michael Smalley has a full house (140 pts) and is this year’s winner.

Cliff Hilless is second (130 pts) and Tom Comben third (118 pts).

A group of Bourne Wheelers were also out in action on a very windy Sunday morning as they made their way to Gunby Old Hall near Skegness for the annual Alford Wheelers Open 10 mile time trial from Gunby roundabout to Ulceby Cross and back.

In testing conditions and ferocious crosswinds all three acquitted themselves well. Tony Gilbert, making his course debut recorded a time of 23 minutes 15 seconds. Lee Thomas on his second outing on the course in 12 days came in at 23:17 and set a new course personal best by 63 seconds. Thomas also won the overall handicap competition with an aggregated time of 16 minutes 13 second, setting a new ten mile TT best time.

Ian Davison, also on his second outing of the course in 12 days recorded his own PB of 25:17 knocking 53 seconds off his previous course best and also setting his fastest ten mile TT time knocking off 49 seconds.