Once again Good Friday was the date for our first event of the year, our Annual Hilly 22 Mile Time Trial on the D22/1 course at Broxton. The 2019 event was held on the morning of 19th April.
The weather for this years event was just about as far away from last years as you can get, with a cold, dark and gloomy day being replaced with glorious sunshine and temperatures eventually reaching over 20°; it truly felt like it was a late spring event, not one held at Easter.
Following the success of an Event HQ relocation to Farndon Sports & Social Club for the 2018 edition, it was decided to once again use the facilities there, which once again proved to be a great addition to the event, meaning sign on and post-race refreshments and results were all indoors, as well as having toilet facilities for competitors and their supporters.
87 riders took to the start line (of 103 entrants) on this beautiful spring morning ready to tackle 22 miles of rolling Time Trial Course, leaving everything they have on the road in pursuit of the fastest times possible.
For 2019 we had 7 Individual Categories, plus a Team Category for those Clubs/Teams with 3 or more entrants. The Individual Categories for 2019 were:
- Juvenile (U16)
- Junior (U18)
- Espoir (U23)
- Veteran Female (V40+)
- Veteran Male (V40+)
- Female (23-39)
- Male (23-39)
For the Juvenile, Junior and Espoir Categories prizes were only awarded for the First Placed riders in each category. For the other individual categories, prizes were awarded for the fastest three riders.
The winner of the Juvenile Category was Max Jones of Birkenhead North End CC, with a time of 59:04.
The winner of the Junior Category was Adam Smith of Innovation Racing Team, with a time of 48:58
The winner of the Espoir Category was George Higgins of Birkenhead North End CC, with a time of 49:29.
The third placed rider in the VF category was Elaine Jewkes of Port Sunlight Wheelers, with a time of 1:05:56. The second placed rider was Chester Road Club’s Louise Tobias, with a time of 1:00:58. The winner in the VF category was Alison Buckley of Niteriders, with a time of 58:56.
The third placed rider in the VM category was Kevin Larmer of Port Sunlight Wheelers, with a time of 50:36. The second placed rider was Wrexham Roads Club’s Mark Jones, with a time of 49:14. The winner in the VM category was David James Williams of Velotik Racing Team, with a time of 46:58.
The third placed rider in the Female category was Chester Road Club’s Rebecca Holland, with a time of 57:54. The second placed rider was Keri Parton of Pro Vision Cycle Clothing, with a time of 54:45. The winner in the Female category was Liverpool Century Road Club’s Kate Giddings, with a time of 54:11.
The third placed rider in the Male category was Tom Brazier of Synergy Cycles Race Team, with a time of 46:18. The second placed rider was Manchester Bicycle Club’s Alexander Royale, with a time of 45:04. The winner in the Male category was Joseph Dobson, also of Manchester Bicycle Club, with an amazing time of 44:57.
Prizes are awarded to the fastest 3 riders of the team with the shortest combined time of their 3 fastest riders. This year the winner of the Team Competition was Manchester Bicycle Club with Joseph Dobson, Alexander Royale and Hugh English, with a total combined time of 2:21:25.
The second and third fastest teams were Wrexham Roads Club and Velotik Racing Team, with 2:25:28 and 2:26:50, respectively.
The fastest Birkenhead North End CC rider on the day was George Higgins with a time of 49:29.
I would like to thank Mr Clive Wilkinson for once again organising and hosting a wonderful event on behalf of Birkenhead North End CC; and to all of the Marshalls and Helpers from the club, without whom events like these simply can’t go ahead. A special thanks also goes out to the Timekeepers for this event, Dominic McGinness (Start) and Kate Wooder (Finish) for their essential role in the running of the event.
And also, on behalf of Clive, and everyone at Birkenhead North End CC, I’d like to thank all the riders for coming along and testing themselves against the clock, some to try and take a win, many just simply to race against themselves, which truly is the beauty of Time Trialling. We hope to see many of you for our next CTT Open event, The Jackie Mac Memorial (25) TT on Sunday, 30th June. Full details of that event can be found here: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/19112