News archive: 2017

Prize presentation lunch

Chris Lea Posted 30th November 2017

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the lunch on Sunday and made it such a success. Please take a look at the photo gallery - thanks to John Smith for the pics (and Graham Barker for the ones of John). Here's our BAR winner, Chris Lea, receiving the Ethel Scothern Cup from Richard Haigh.

Prestige Points

North Midlands VTTA - 2017 in pictures by Slidely Slideshow

Winners
Standards winners

Chesterfield Coureurs hc, Beeley Moor, Sunday 15th October

Paul Heggie Posted 17th October 2017

The final event in the North Midlands TT series (hill climb comp) and as usual a top class field, featuring Adam Kenway and Lizzy Banks plus the lads from B38/Underpin racing. Conditons were ok (which equals good for Beeley) and records tumbled. Chris Myhill, having a great hc season, broke his own vets record with a stunning 9.32.8. Amazing! This is a tough climb, well done all.

  • 13th / 1st vet - Chris Myhill 9.32.8
  • 38th / 10th vet - Trevor Mayne 10.35.8
  • 58th / 19th vet - Bob Cuff 13.17.0
  • 62nd / 22nd vet - Paul Heggie 14.17.9 (pictured)

Results | Photos by Tony Wood

RTTC Closed Circuit TT Championships, Sunday 15th October

Keith and Daryl Posted 16th October 2017

Keith Ainsworth and Daryl May headed down to Thruxton for the strange world of the closed circuit champs. I'm not sure anyone really understands these - 5 laps of a racing circuit at an odd time of year... Anyway both did ok, placing well in their respective age groups and can now finally fully embrace the social season!

  • 32nd / 2nd in age group - Keith Ainsworth 24.56
  • 72nd / 6th in age group - Daryl May 26.22

Results | CTT report

B&DCC hc, Carr Lane, Sunday 8th October

Alex and Chris Posted 10th October 2017

Alex Deck and Chris Myhill represented the North Mids vets at this event. Chris was 1st vet, 20s clear of the next vet and 6th overall; Alex was 1st woman overall and 1st woman vet, breaking Lizzie Stedman's course record. A good day for the North Mids VTTA.

  • Chris Myhill 3.28.3 (vets cr)
  • Alex Deck 4.16.7 (cr)

Results | Photos

Tickhill Velo hc, Bib Lane, Sunday 8th October

Bob and Alex Posted 10th October 2017

Bob Cuff continued his first year of hill climbs (after Bradfield, Pea Royd, Hardwick and Monsal) and he's improving with every one. Bob and Alex Deck were the only North Mids vets riding this (where were you all?). It was a lovely event, nice weather, well organised, great club ethos, a good climb and location, rising out of the village of Brookhouse. In the end only 2/10 of a second separated us, Bob finishing 5th vet with 1.36.9 and Alex 2nd woman with 1.37.1. Good fun.

Results

Rutland CC hc, Mam Nick, Saturday 7th October

Alex Posted 10th October 2017

Alex Deck was the only North Mids vet to enter this (Everyone else had more sense). It was very very painful. I wanted to turn around and go home after about 100 yards but ploughed on, primarily because it was a Rutland event and I didn't want to let the side down. It was worth it in the end as I got 3rd woman, behind two much younger riders, and also got a pb of 8.58.3. Never again though.

Results

VTTA East Anglia 30, E2/30C, Saturday 7th October

Keith and Joe Posted 10th October 2017

Keith Ainsworth, Joe Le Sage and Richard Sheldrake headed down to the EC2/30C course for the potentially fast Leo 30. And so it was, with fantastic results for all: Keith and Joe both broke their club records and Keith's time is also a North Mids record, obliterating THREE existing ones, including Kev Dawson's 59-57 from 2013. That's quite a scalp Keith. And just to finish off, it's also a National age record. What a ride.

  • 10th Keith Ainsworth 59.45 (+24.32) (Sheffrec club record)
  • 26th Joe Le Sage 1-02.43 (+17.56) (Rutland record)
  • 39th Andy Newham 1-04.32
  • 45th Richard Sheldrake 1-05.38

Results

Sheffrec CC hc, Monsal Head, Sunday 1st October

Bob Posted 3rd October 2017

Bob Cuff was the ONLY North Mids VTTA member brave enough to take on this evil climb, and did a brilliant ride. Bob's Garmin said 1.50, and he certainly flew up the last section. The timekeeper, however, had him down as 2.11, which frankly seems very unlikely, so we're going to sit on the fence on that one. Well done Bob.

Results

VTTA North Midlands (that's us!) 10, O10/16, Saturday 30th September

Keith, Alex, Darryl and Ann Posted 3rd October 2017

Huge thanks to Craig Devonshire for putting this event on. This was the last of 7 events he's run this year for the VTTA and Bolsover & District CC, and he's done a great job. Thanks to all the marshals and helpers too - much appreciated by the riders. This was a particularly exciting event as it was the final race in the North Mids Time Trial series standard (ie flattish) carriageway competition. It was neck and neck in both the men's and women's so it really did come down to the line in a very exciting finish and we had to do some serious maths afterwards to check who'd won.

Scores on the doors (for the 10) were:

  • 3rd Keith Ainsworth 21.06 1st on standard (+6.20) (top right)
  • 4th Darryl Wall 21.30 (middle right)
  • 8th Joe Le Sage 21.59
  • 10th Trevor Mayne 22.15
  • 15th Daryl May 23.02
  • 16th Chris Lea 23.16
  • 20th Alex Deck (1st woman & course record) 24.22 (top right)
  • 22nd Ann Walsham (2nd woman) 24.48 (bottom right)
  • 25th Richard Lunt 25.22 (tbc)
  • 28th Janice Mcwilliam 25.48
  • 29th Alix Archer 26.07
  • 32nd Jamie Flaxman 27.11
  • 34th John Smith 28.23
  • 36th Alan Sides 29.32

Results

Stocksbridge CC hill climb double, Sunday 24th September

Trev and Bob Posted 25th September 2017

A day of pain in Stocksbridge, with New Mill Bank at 10am followed by the dreaded Pea Royd at 2pm. Trevor Mayne (left) rode New Mill Bank and was 2nd vet with 3.22.6. Bob Cuff (right) went for Pea Royd and finished with 3-58.7 - good effort guys. Photos by Rich Witney.

Results New Mill Bank | Pea Royd

Welsh National 50, R50/1B, Sunday 24th September

Keith Posted 25th September 2017

Keith Ainsworth likes his 2-race-weekends and after an excellent 3rd at Hatfield on Saturday afternoon nipped off down to South Wales for the 8am start of the Welsh National 50. Worth the trip as he came 4th (actual time) with a new North Mids age record of 1-47.31, only 25s behind Victor Chetta who is no slouch. He beat him on standard though, coming first with a plus of 12.13.

Results

Notts & East Midlands VTTA 25, A25/34, Saturday 23rd September

Chris Posted 25th September 2017

Chris Lea reports: "I did great into the headwind to the turn, but was then cooked for the return. My season is coming to a natural end, it seems. I shall give this Saturday's 10 a go.... By the way, I was soundly beaten by Rachel Elliott, who did 51-57. Respect!" (You weren't the only one Chris - Ed.)

  • Chris Lea 55.03 (pictured)
  • John Martin 55.41 (season's best)
  • Steve Scott 59.18 (season's best)

Results

Rutland CC 10, O10/1, Saturday 23rd September

Alex Deck Posted 25th September 2017

What a great event this was. Just shows what a good club can do when everyone pulls together. A positive glut of marshals and helpers plus a fantastic array of home made cakes for afterwards. Rich Witney took some brilliant photos at the turn too.

This was the penultimate event in the North Mids TT series standard carriageway comp so every second counted, especially in the men's, where Darryl Wall tied with Dan Taylor with 21.13 each and Keith Ainsworth was 3rd with 21.16. Darryl

Alex Deck won the women's with 24.42, which will nudge her closer to Ann Walsham in the standings. Exciting stuff! Everything hinges on the final event next Saturday, the VTTA 10 on the O10/16.

Results

B&DCC Hardwick Hall HC, OHC11, Sunday 17th September

Alex Deck Posted 20th September 2017

The first thing you need to know about this is that it takes place at night, in the beautiful surroundings of Hardwick Hall. It's meant to be illuminated by spotlights but there were only about four, so most of the 615m climb was done in the dark, which definitely adds a new dimension to it. You also get a commentator, and music, which is ace. All hill climbs should be like this. Bob Cuff and Alex Deck were the only North Mids vets foolish enough to do it – Alex finished 4th woman with 2.06 and Bob did 2.12. Good fun.

Results | photos

VTTA national 30, R30/7, Sunday 17th September

Chris Melia Posted 20th September 2017

Sunday saw the VTTA National 30, with two fantastic results: Chris Melia won the women’s with 1-09.53, setting ANOTHER national, group and women's course record.

Keith Ainsworth’s 1-02.20 gave him 3rd overall on standard, also setting a national and group record!

Well done guys, awesome efforts.

Keith

Results (not published yet)

Annual prizegiving lunch

Chris Ledger Posted 14th September 2017

Date for your diary folks - this year's prizegiving lunch is on Sunday 26th November at everyone's favourite venue, the Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham. There will be free wine again, good news for Chris Ledger. Joking Chris!

CC Breckland 50, B50/18, and Buxton CC's Long Hill, 2nd/3rd September

Chris Posted 7th September 2017

Chris Lea (right) continues his season of long events with another 50, coming 6th in the CC Breckland event with 1-50.17.

Rutland CC's Gordon Wordsworth and Peak RC's Chris Myhill got up early for the Buxton CC hill climb on the appropriately named Long Hill, which rises out of Whaley Bridge for 4 miles. Chris was 8th with 15.30.7 and Gordon won his age group (V60) with 19.30.7 - well done Gordon.

LRRA 30, C30/3, 3rd September

Richard Posted 7th September 2017

Andy Newham, Richard Sheldrake (right), Mick Lamb and Syd Wilson rode the LRRA 30 on the C30/3:

  • 8th Andy 1-09.20
  • 13th Richard 1-12.45
  • 16th Mick 1-13.59
  • 46th Syd setting ANOTHER group and national record with 1-37.47. How many records is that this year?! Answers on a postcard please... (clue: it's 4)

Results

National 10, L1021, 3rd September

Chris Posted 7th September 2017

Great battle between Chris Ledger and Keith Ainsworth for the 55-59 age group prize. Chris just pipped Keith by 7s. Maybe if Keith hadn't ridden the V718 the day before it would have been different! Karen was 2nd in the 40-44 age group, beaten by Liz Powell's storming ride for 4th overall.

  • 47th Chris Ledger 21.31 - 1st 55-59
  • 52nd Keith Ainsworth 21.38
  • 10th woman Karen Ledger 23.08
  • 25th woman Ann Walsham 25.05

Results: Women (not available yet) | Men

VTTA Yorkshire 10, V718, 2nd September

Alex and Richard Dixon Posted 31st August 2017

Great day on the V718, with a few records broken. Alex Deck and Richard Dixon (Team Swift) took 43s off their national record with their 18.22 (the only time I will ever go faster than Dan Barnett!) and John Smith (aged 79) took 18s off his existing Group record. The Elmsall RC trio of Steve Scott, John Martin and Karl Caton set a new Club record of 1-02.21. Because the results were on standard I've listed them in standard order and actual:

  • 1st on standard / 1st actual tandem Alex Deck & Richard Dixon +8.29 / 18.22
  • 8th / 10th Keith Ainsworth +8.13 / 19.13
  • 19th / 128th John Smith +7.36 / 23.41
  • 39th / 73rd Martin Bullen +6.57 / 21.17
  • 44th / 13th Stuart Wells +6.52 / 19.35
  • =46th / 25th Karl Caton +6.47/ 19.58
  • 57th /98th Tony Keyworth +6.38 / 22.24
  • 66th / 114th Alan Steward +6.28 / 22.58
  • =71st / 52nd John Martin +6.23 / 20.46
  • =71st / =111th Ben Hamilton +6.23 / 22.51
  • =81st / 30th Andy Newham +6.13 / 20.05
  • =89th / 66th Gary Bates +6.01 / 21.03
  • =99th / =84th Steve Scott +5.49 / 21.37
  • =116th / =48th Richard Sheldrake +5.34 / 20.44
  • 142nd / 138th Alan Sides +3.27 / 26.12

Results

BDCA 100, A100/4, 2nd September

Chris Posted 7th September 2017

Some fantastic results for the group at the BDCA 100. Joe Le Sage in particular broke Darren Otter's 17 year club record with his ride, and Chris Melia (right), in her first 100, won the women's event and set a swathe of new records, knocking out Margaret Allen's 1989 group one. Well done people.

  • Joe Le Sage 3-46.36 – pb, Rutland Club Record and North Mids age record!
  • Daryl May 3-53.55 - pb too! Well done Daryl
  • Chris Melia 3-55.41 (1st woman) pb, North Mids and National age record!

Results (not available yet)

Team Swift Charity 10 (slower than 22.00), V718, 27th August

Alix Posted 31st August 2017

Good to see a few North Mids riders getting a ride in this event. John Smith (a youthful 79) got a group record with his brilliant 23.56. Great ride John.

  • Alix Archer 22.47 – pb! Well done Alix
  • Gary Clarke 22.57 – pb, well done Gary
  • Dave Buxton 22.58 – massive pb, well done Dave
  • Mick Weaver 23.18
  • John Smith 23.56 (see above)
  • Wayne Fuller 24.29
  • Ben Hamilton 24.30
  • Alan Sides 25.44

Results (not available yet) | Photos

Team Swift Charity 10, V718, 27th August

Chris Posted 31st August 2017

Still waiting for some timekeeping issues to be resolved on this one:

  • Chris Ledger 19.01 (tbc)
  • Joe Le Sage 19.50 - pb, brilliant ride Joe.
  • Karl Caton 20.01
  • Chris Lea 20.38
  • Karen Ledger 20.51
  • John Martin 20.49

Results Men | Women (not available yet) | Photos

www.Realteam.co.uk 25, R25/3H, 20th August

Keith Posted 30th August 2017

A controversial event due to the dq of Marcin Bialoblocki, the North Mids contingent stayed this side of the law (and the white line) to record some brilliant times, including a new group and national age record for Karen, beating her two previous ones:

  • 15th Keith Ainsworth 50.01 (pictured) pb and new group age record, well done Keith
  • 18th Chris Ledger 50.23
  • 3rd woman Karen Ledger 53.21 (pb, group and National age record for 44!)
  • 73rd Martin Bullen 55.04

Results Men | Women

VTTA National 50, U109, 20th August

Chris Posted 30th August 2017

We only had one entry into the National 50 but it was a worthy one. Chris Melia ventured south to trounce the competition in the VTTA National 50, where her 2-12.50 (+19.51) won her the women's event on actual (by 5 minutes from Jayne Dickens) and standard, as well as coming 6th overall on standard. Good effort Chris!

Results

YCF 30, V241, 19th August

Paul Posted 30th August 2017

A rare 30 for riders who don't always want to ride on dual carriageways:

  • 22nd Paul Mapletoft 1-12.58 (pictured)
  • 28th Andy Whitehead 1-14.22
  • 30th Tony Keyworth 1-17.40
  • 46th Wayne Fuller 1-24.52
  • 47th Michael Weaver 1-25.19
  • 53rd Alan Sides 1-33.46

Results men

YCF 15, V226, 19th August

John Posted 30th August 2017

The V226 isn't as fast as the V728 but that didn't stop John and Syd achieving new national age records:

  • 10th John Smith 42.03 (pictured) - 1st in age group (70-79), group and national age record
  • 11th Graham Barker 42.13 - 1st in age group (60-69)
  • 18th Ala Whitehead 47.28
  • 19th Syd Wilson 47.46 - 1st in age group (80-89), group and national age record

Results men

Tickhill Velo 10, O10/1, 12th August

Trevor, Paddy, Keith Posted 14th August 2017

Brilliant turnout from the North Mids at this event with 16 of us riding. Ride of the day definitely goes to Trevor Mayne’s fantastic sub-21m ride to claim equal 5th with Richard Sharp of York Cycleworks. Paddy, Keith and Richard all did great rides too, anything under 22m on Hatfield is excellent.

  • =5th Trevor Mayne 20.59 (top right)
  • 10th Paddy Gould 21.30 (centre right)
  • 13th Keith Ainsworth 21.37 (bottom right)
  • 14th Richard Lunt 21.41
  • 33rd Steve Hollowood 23.08
  • 43rd Alex Deck 24.17
  • 47th Al Norton 24.39
  • 48th Gordon Wordsworth 24.43
  • 52nd Ann Walsham 25.13
  • 53rd Ben Hamilton 25.26 (tbc)
  • 54th Dave Buxton 25.33 (pb - well done Dave!)
  • 64th Graham Barker 26.26
  • 65th Alix Archer 26.29
  • 70th Wayne Fuller 27.34
  • 73rd John Smith 27.55
  • 77th John Slater 28.29

Results men | women

Bridlington CC 10, V718, 12th August

Karen Posted 14th August 2017

Some good times on the 718 this weekend:

  • 12th Chris Ledger 19.41
  • 20th Stuart Wells 20.11
  • 26th Joe Le Sage 20.28
  • 28th Karl Caton 20.29
  • Karen Ledger 21.02 (right)(2nd woman)
  • 61st Steve Scott 22.08 (season’s best for Steve, well done)
  • 64th Richard Hembrough 22.15

Results men | women | Photos

RTTC 25 Championships, South Wales, 5/6th August

Chris Posted 1st August 2017

Some phenomenal times recorded on the Rhigos course this weekend in the national 25. I’m sure someone will already have done this but it’d be interesting to compare the top 10 times to those from even 5 years ago – the jump in speed since the widespread adoption of power meters and coaches really is incredible. To think the guy who came last out of 139 riders did a short 57, and the Junior events were won with a long 48 (male) and 54.51 (female).

It looks like anyone who wanted to race was there; this included Karen Ledger, Chris Ledger and Keith Ainsworth, who battled the winds and rain to finish 19th in the women's (56.27), 66th (51.02) and 84th (52.14) respectively. Well done guys.

Stop press - just been informed that Chris Ledger won his age group (55-59). Well done Chris.

Results: Men | Women

12 hour madness, 30th July

Joe Paul Chris Andy Posted 1st August 2017

Joe Le Sage (top right), Paul Heggie (second top), Chris Lea (third top) and Andy Whitehead (bottom right) competed in different 12 hour events on Sunday.

Joe (44), Paul (63) and Andy (51)in the Team Swift event on the V12HR near Pocklington and Chris (55) in the Breckland one on the B12/2 in Norfolk. Sadly Andy had to stop after 9 hours, gutted for you Andy but I know you gave it everything. If you're sick you're sick.

Paul and Joe were terrific and despite problems with feeding and discomfort finished with 212m and 256m respectively (tbc). Really admirable efforts. Paul seemed remarkably chipper at the finish and may even do another!

Down in Norfolk Chris achieved his season's goal, finishing in 9th place with a fantastic 269.422 miles, not only a pb but another North Mids age record to go with the 100 he set earlier in the year. Congratulations Chris!

Results: Team Swift | Breckland

Team Swift 50, V350, 30th July

Alan Posted 1st August 2017

Taking place at the same time as the 12 were the Team Swift 50 and 100. Our three trusty Committee members from Rotherham Wheelers Alan Sides (73), Wayne Fuller (72) and Tony Morris (75) braved the rain and early start for the 50 - unfortunately Tony had to dnf but the other two finished. Well done guys.

  • Wayne Fuller 2hrs 26m 00s
  • Alan Sides 2hrs 36m 32s (pictured)

Results

Drighlington CC 10, V718, 29th July

Chris Posted 1st August 2017

Some decent times on the 718 this weekend, in blustery, not-great conditions.

  • 28th Karl Caton 20.25
  • 38th John Martin 21.15
  • 42nd / 3rd woman Chris Melia 21.26 (right) - Group and national age record - well done Chris!
  • 62nd / 7th woman Alex Deck 22.03
  • 82nd Steve Scott 22.38
  • 107th Graham Barker 24.51
  • 119th Ala Whitehead 27.52

Results | Photos

South Pennine RC (Joe Summerlin Trophy) 25, A25/11, 29th July

Chris Posted 1st August 2017

Chris and Karen Ledger headed south for the inaugural Joe Summerlin trophy 25, commemmorating lovely, kind Joe who died last December and is greatly missed. Joe and Gail were the guests of honour at our Prizegiving in 2013 - here are the photos from the day.

  • 7th Chris Ledger 51.30 (right)
  • 24th / 2nd woman Karen Ledger 55.05

Results

South Wales and Etwall 25s, 23rd July

Joe Posted 17th July 2017

Couple of other events at the weekend, the Belper BC and Real Team 25s at Etwall and Hirwaun respectively. Joe Le Sage (pictured) finished with 52.20 at Etwall with Chris Lea a little way behind with 54.29, having had to stop for pedestrians at the crossing. Bad luck Chris. Keith Ainsworth notched up his second national and group age record of the weekend in South Wales with a stonking 50.24, which is some going!

Rossington Whs 25, O25/11, 22nd July

Trevor Posted 20th July 2017

Eleven North Mids vets in this event which is great to see. Excellent times by Trev and Richard on this tough course. Part of the JE James North Mids TT series.

  • 6th Trevor Mayne 55.35 (2nd 45+) (right)
  • 8th Richard Lunt 57.02
  • 11th Daryl May 58.19
  • 12th Steve Hollowood 59.21 (1st 55+)
  • 17th Dominic Watts 1-00.36
  • 25th Al Norton 1-04.08 (2nd 55+)
  • 30th Dave Buxton 1-07.13
  • 31st Graham Barker 1-09.41
  • 33rd Wayne Fuller 1-10.06
  • 36th Bob Cuff 1-12.41
  • 38th Alan Sides 1-14.11

Results (not published yet)

VTTA Yorkshire 10, V718, 22nd July

Keith Posted 20th July 2017

Everyone else was on the V718 and there were some standout rides, primarily from Keith Ainsworth, Karen Ledger and Syd Wilson, who claimed a clutch of records between them:

  • 5th Keith Ainsworth 19.11 New national and group age record for age 58! Keith (right) knocks out 4 existing group records with this ride and a national one which has stood since 2002 – well done Keith.
  • 10th Chris Ledger 19.36
  • 26th Karl Caton 20.17
  • 41st Karen Ledger 20.38 (1st woman and group age record, taking 5s off her existing one at age 44)
  • 46th John Martin 20.51
  • 73rd Martin Bullen 21.53
  • 81st Steve Scott 22.17
  • 91st Paul Heggie 22.35
  • 107th Mike Weaver 23.35
  • 122nd Syd Wilson 26.50 - New national and group age record for age 88! Syd took almost a minute off his existing record of 27.58, as well as 2s off his 26.52 at age 87 - flipping awesome Syd.

Results

Selby CC 10, V718, 16th July

Karl Caton Posted 20th July 2017

Forgot to report on this event for some reason, so many different events this weekend. Don't forget to email me your results and photos as I do sometimes miss things.

  • 25th Karl Caton 20.08 (pictured)
  • =48th Gary Bates 21.09

Results

Sleaford Wheelers 25, C25/22, 16th July

Paul Posted 17th July 2017

Paul Mapletoft and Mick Lamb, both of Kiveton Park CC, rode this yesterday. Always a good battle between these two and this time Mick came out on top, well done Mick. Unfortunately I've only got a photo of Paul! Andy Newham was down to ride but must have been tired from the BDCA 50 - that was an ambitious weekend Andy :-) Not got times for everyone yet.

  • 16th Mick Lamb 1-00.06
  • Richard Sheldrake
  • 21st Paul Mapletoft 1-01.01 (right)
  • Ben Hamilton 1-09.13

Results (not published yet)

Ferryhill Wheelers 25, T252/3, 15th July

Ferryhill Whs logoPaul Posted 17th July 2017

Rob Barnard and John Martin rode this on Saturday,John just pipping Rob by 70s. No photos so here's the Ferryhill Whs badge.

  • 14th John Martin 59.21
  • 18th Rob Barnard 1-00.31

Results

BDCA 50, A50/6, 15th July

Karen Posted 17th July 2017

Quite a few North Mids vets rode this and most people's rides went well. I understand that Chris Ledger and Daryl May were guilty of going out too fast but Chris pb'd and Daryl's ride is nothing to be ashamed of so I think I might try that approach next time. Ride of the day goes to Karen Ledger's *phenomenal* 1-51.35, a North Mids record for age 44 as well as a national one, slotting in between Lynne Taylor (now Biddulph)'s 1-51.22 age 40 and Chris Melia's 1-52.24 aged 52. Impressive stuff. The photo was taken by Phil Barnes from his GoPro camera as she passed him - wonder how long that took!

  • Chris Ledger 1-46.50 (pb)
  • Andy Newham 1-51.17
  • Karen Ledger 1-51.35 (pb and 1st woman) (right)
  • Chris Lea 1-51.47
  • Daryl May 1-53.09
  • Andy Whitehead 1-53.46
  • Alex Deck 2-01.21 (Rutland women's record)

Results (not published yet)

Shaftesbury 50, E2/50, 15th July

Joe Posted 17th July 2017

Meanwhile down in Cambridgeshire in similarly windy conditions, Chris Melia and Joe Le Sage battled their way along the A14/A11 dual carriageways, both to good times. Well done both.

  • Joe Le Sage 1-48.53
  • Chris Melia 1-55.14

Results (not published yet)

Sheffrec CC SpoCo, O19C, 12th July

Alex Posted 13th July 2017

Good fun at the Sheffrec 19 mile hilly last night and a good showing by North Mids vets. Not-fantastically fast conditions in that there wasn't much, if any, help either way, but it could have been a lot worse. Very good ride by Darryl Wall, only 3s behind 2nd placed Andrew Whiteley of Langsetts RT.

  • 3rd Darryl Wall 44.28
  • 5th Chris Myhill 46.19
  • 6th Joe Le Sage 46.43
  • 12th Daryl May 48.37
  • 20th Dominic Watts 50.39 (course pb)
  • 2nd lady Alex Deck 53.33 (right)
  • 3rd lady Ann Walsham 57.50

Results | Photos by Tony Wood

National 100, 9th July

Karen Posted 11th July 2017

Boiling hot conditions didn't stop Karen Ledger racing to an excellent 4th place in the women's event on what was apparently an awful course (worse than Hatfield!). Well done to everyone mad enough to do such an event.

  • 4th woman Karen Ledger 4-07.15
  • 65th Paul Heggie 4-49.27

Results | Photos

Valley Striders CC 25 (SpoCo), 8th July

Paddy Posted 11th July 2017

Four riders rode this SpoCo, with Paddy Gould coming out top, well done Paddy. Not bad for a big lad ;-).

  • 7th Paddy Gould 54.58
  • 10th Trevor Mayne 55.51
  • 14th Richard Lunt 56.35
  • 61st Graham Barker 1-08.48

Results

VTTA National 25, E2/25, 8th July

Chris Posted 11th July 2017

Good and bad news on the Newmarket course; 75% of the north mids contingent managed to get a ride before the event was cancelled due to a rider being hit by a car on the course. Luckily (?) the Thanet CC rider, Simon Henderson, was relatively ok, and was airlifted to hospital with a broken shoulder and collar bone. The remaining 25% (me) was left with yet another involuntary dns.

  • Andy Newham 52.34 (pb and Lincoln Whs record)
  • Chris Melia 4th woman (2nd on standard) with 54.58, a new North Mids age record (knocking out two of her previous ones) a national age record and pb. Not a bad day's work!
  • Richard Sheldrake 55.33

Results

Sherwood CC 10, A10/14a, 8th July

Syd Posted 11th July 2017

Paul Mapletoft, Alan Sides and Tony Morris headed over to the A1 for a quick 10 on Saturday evening. Wish I'd entered this instead of the E2 - would have been a lot less stressful than a four hour drive and a dns.

  • Paul Mapletoft 22.15
  • Alan Sides 27.01
  • Syd Wilson (right) 27.49 (national and group age record for an 88 year old!)
  • Tony Morris 28.12

Results (not published yet)

Sheffrec CC HC, OHC/15, 7th July

Bob Posted 11t July 2017

Bob Cuff was the only North Mids vet brave enought to tackle the Sheffrecc hill climb from Low to High Bradfield on Friday evening, completing the 800m course in 3m 20s, which is a very respectable time. A real achievement - well done Bob.

Results

Merthyr CC 25, R25/3H, 2nd July

Chris Posted 3rd July 2017

An event where the top 5 all went under 50 minutes shows what a fast course this can be on the right day. Chris and Karen Ledger both returned home with pb's: Chris (9th overall) with 50.21 (a new Rutland CC record), Karen (31st overall, out of 106 riders) with 53.25,a full 2 minutes ahead of the next female rider, the not-untalented and considerably younger Anna Morris. Good riding!

Results

Buxton CC 10, J10/1, 29th June

Alex Posted 26th June 2017

Chris Lea, Paddy Gould and Alex Deck headed out to Whaley Bridge last night for the Buxton CC 10. The J10/1 is a potentially quite fast course on the (very!) up-and-down Chapel en le Frith bypass. It just about stopped raining in time which was a relief. A slight technical hitch for Alex (no seatpost clamp) resulted in an interesting new riding position, but despite this she took 21s off the women's course record with 23.31 for the win. Really good rides by Paddy and Chris too, 21.07 and 22.19 respectively. It was a classy field, with Mark Nulty winning with 19.38, just a few secs off the course record.

Results

Weekend of 24th / 25th June

Trevor and Paddy Posted 26th June 2017

Riders were out and about all over the place this weekend:

Trevor Mayne (top right) got an excellent 2nd at the Holmfirth CC SpoCo 10, with 23.24.

Chris Lea sounds like he raced on a farm track at the East Lancs RC 25 on the circular J2/9: "I did a middling 58, still feeling a bit sluggish after the 100. Annoyingly, the smoothest and least pot-holed sections of that course have just been surface-dressed. At least it stayed dry. No combine harvesters encountered on the A537, no queues of traffic for steam engine rallies at Astle Park, and no cows crossing Twemlow Lane." Patrick Gould (bottom right) also rode and finished with a short 56, again, to be confirmed.

Paul Mapletoft (59.49), Rob Barnard (1-01.13 course pb), Mick Lamb (1-02.19), and Tony Keyworth (1-04.22) all raced the Halifax Imperial Whs 25 in blowy conditions. Full results.

National 50, T502/3, Sunday 25th June

Chris Ledger Posted 26th June 2017

Only five North Mids vets entered this but we still managed to come away with two age category wins and a club age record. Windy conditions meant the times weren't superfast but pretty good nevertheless. Well done to:

  • Chris Ledger 1-50.34 (1st 55-59) (pictured with Sue Bowler)
  • Keith Ainsworth 1-52.15 (2nd 55-59)
  • Karen Ledger 1-56.30(1st 40-44)
  • Steve Scott 2-10.04
  • Paul Heggie 2-11.08 (2nd 60-64 and Birdwell Whs age record)

Results

ECCA 100, Sunday 18th June

Chris Lea Posted 23rd June 2017

Chris Lea (Buxton CC) bagged a pb and a group age record with his 3-47-38. Congratulations Chris, great ride in that heat.

Results

Peak RC SpoCo, O12C, Wednesday 21st June

Bob Posted 23rd June 2017

The penultimate event in the North Mids TT SpoCo series, this race proved pivotal. Unusual conditions contributed to what I thought was a super fast night, albeit one where steamed up visors littered the side of the road and thrown at marshalls. Great ride by Joe for first vet, good effort by Bob to get under the hour, and bad luck to me for puncturing on the A6.

  • 5th Joe le Sage 46.08 (1st vet)
  • 8th Trevor Mayne 47.36
  • 11th Daryl May 47.52
  • 29th Bob Cuff 59.43 (pictured)
  • Alex Deck dnf

Results

Fusion Dronfield 10, O10/1, Saturday 17th June

Darryl Posted 23rd June 2017

A boiling hot day and a change of HQ resulted in quite a few dns's, so all credit to those who rode. The temperature doesn't reach 30 degrees in Hatfield very often. This event was also part of the North Mids TT series

  • =1st Darryl Wall 20.58
  • 5th Richard Lunt 21.40
  • 8th Keith Ainsworth 21.45
  • 25th Paul Heggie 25.04 (course pb)
  • 29th Ann Walsham 25.40 (2nd lady)
  • =37th John Smith 27.19

Results

Your Committee

vtta Posted 19th June 2017

Thought it might be nice to introduce the Committee properly, for those members who are new to the North Mids and wondering who these mysterious people are (and indeed what we do). Check out the new rogues' gallery.

Common Lane Occasionals SpoCo, O12C, Wednesday 14th June

Darryl and Alex Posted 15th June 2017

Only three north mids vets entered this gruelling but mercifully short SpoCo, which runs from Barlow to Baslow (via Fox Lane) to Owler Bar and back to Holmesfield. what we didn't expect was to be joined on the startsheet by World Champions Elinor Barker, Connor Swift and Katie Archibald. That wasn't part of the plan at all. Turns out they're quite good.

Two course records later Darryl had managed a brilliant 3rd behind Connor Swift and Sam Walsham, with Chris Myhill just a second behind in 4th. I grovelled in after three World champions and Emilie Verroken, who is in great form at the moment.

  • 3rd Darryl Wall 33.32 (top right)
  • 4th Chris Myhill 33.33
  • 5th woman Alex Deck 39.39 (bottom right)

Results

Team Swift 10, V718, Wednesday 14th June

Richard Posted 15th June 2017

It was the turn of Richard Sheldrake and Andy Newham, both Lincoln Wheelers, to pb on the V718 last night at the slower than 21.00 event - well done both. Paul Heggie was only 9s off his but did manage to improve the Birdwell Whs Club age record.

  • 7th Richard Lunt 20.12
  • 18th Andy Newham 20.39
  • 25th Richard Sheldrake 20.55 (pictured)
  • 63rd Paul Heggie 21.54 (club age record)

Results

City RC 10, V718, Wednesday 7th June

Chris Ledger Posted 8th June 2017

Chris and Karen Ledger both gained group age records on the 718 last night with Chris's 19.23 being a National age record for 55 too. And a pb! Congratulations guys.

  • Chris Ledger19.23
  • Karen Ledger 20.43 (1st woman)
  • Steve Scott 22.20 (season best so far)

Results

Bolsover and District CC 10, O10/16, Wednesday 7th June

Alex Posted 8th June 2017

This new course between Staveley and Bolsover via Poolsbrook couldn’t have been more different – up, down, left, right, round… almost two laps meant you were constantly seeing other riders which made it a lot of fun. Some stiff competition resulted in two new course records, both set by vets which is great – Ian Guilor (not a north mids rider) 21.17 and Alex Deck with 24.24. Overall the north mids vets were really well represented:

Alex
  • 2nd Darryl Wall 21.26 (over 28mph avg, not bad on a course with 7 roundabouts!)
  • 7th Joe Le Sage 22.16 (right)
  • 8th Chris Myhill 22.22
  • 9th Alan Cooke 22.49
  • 12th Steve Hollowood 24.06
  • 13th Dominic Watts 24.08
  • 14th Alex Deck 24.24 (1st woman + course record) (top right)
  • 17th Gary Kondor 25.07
  • 19th Bob Cuff 27.55 (road bike) – new pb for Bob, well done
  • 20th John Smith 28.14

Results

Sportzmad 25, R25/3H, South Wales Sunday 4th June

rain Posted 8th June 2017

This was grim - wind and rain, badly signposted and marshalled (2 marshalls in a 25?? Both at the turn?) - I got lost and Chris had a hideous race but nevertheless managed to win fastest women vet which was ace. No photos, so here is a pic of some rain, which is about all our view was that day.

  • Chris Melia 57.11 (1st woman vet)
  • Alex Deck DNF - (most annoyed woman vet)

Results

Mapperley CC 10, A10/3, Saturday 27th May

Karen Posted 31st May 2017

This sounded pretty grim - wind and rain (mostly wind) - but a potentially fast course, so a few group members headed south on Saturday. Great ride by Karen (right) for fastest woman, with Ann Walsham only 49s behind her - strong ride Ann! Ditto Keith, Chris and Karl - a 21 in those conditions is great. Well done all.

  • 14th Keith Ainsworth 21.12
  • 15th Chris Ledger 21.14
  • 19th Karl Caton 21.38
  • 33rd Karen Ledger 22.54 (1st woman)
  • 42nd Ann Walsham 23.43 (2nd woman)
  • 52nd Steve Scott 24.09
  • 58th John Martin 24.44

Results

Rutland CC SpoCo, O17C, Wednesday 24th May

Alex Posted 31st May 2017

Due to roadworks this tough course had to be cut down at the last moment from 17.2m to just over 11m - although it still featured a lot of climbing. Thanks to Joe Le Sage for sorting the diversion and all the excess of marshalls. Great rides by Chris Myhill for 3rd overall and Alex Deck (right) for fastest woman.

  • 3rd Chris Myhill 28.58
  • 4th Darryl Wall 29.02
  • 16th Daryl May 30.48
  • 26th Dominic Watts 33.22
  • 27th Alex Deck 33.36 (1st woman)
  • 31st Ann Walsham 35.54

Results

VTTA Notts & East Midlands 25, Saturday 20th May

Andy and Ala Posted 23rd May 2017

Another tough day thanks to hurricane force wind and rain on the A25/34, well done everyone who finished, especially Paddy with a really strong 52, very good ride in those conditions. Karen and Chris Ledger were both 1st in their age groups and on standard (I think). Pics are of our recently wedded group members Andy and Ala Whitehead of Rockingham CC.

  • 5th Paddy Gould 52.53
  • 9th Chris Ledger 54.05
  • 26th Alan Cooke 58.07
  • 27th Karen Ledger 58.23 (1st woman)
  • 30th Andy Whitehead 58.42 (top right)
  • 32nd Paul Mapletoft 59.03
  • 37th Ann Walsham 1-00.13
  • 49th Gary Kondor 1-02.27
  • 63rd Tony Keyworth 1-05.20
  • 65th Ben Hamilton 1-05.21
  • 81st Alan Sides 1-14.47
  • 82nd Ala Whitehead 1-20.29 (bottom right)

Results

City RC 10, V718, Sunday 14th May

Paul Posted 16th May 2017

Some speedy rides on the V this weekend, great rides by Andy, Paul and Ben, well done guys.

  • Ian Ambler (40+) 22.01
  • Andy Newham (trike) (40+) 22.05 (right - beating his own group record by 49s!)
  • Paul Heggie (60+) 22.06 (1st 60+ and Birdwell Wheelers club age record! Great ride Paul)
  • Ben Hamilton (70+) 22.40 (1st 70+, well done Ben)
  • Paul Ruta (70+) 23.02
  • Mick Weaver (60+) 23.34
  • Graham Barker (60+) 23.54
  • Alan Sides (70+) 25.20

Results

Sheffrec CC 25, O25/11, Saturday 13th May

Dom Posted 16th May 2017

Judging by the photos (by Rob Booth on FB) it was a bit grim at Hatfield on Saturday, so all credit to those who rode.

  • Keith Ainsworth 56.51 (1st 50+)
  • Steve Hollowood 59.42
  • Dominic Watts 1-00.50 (right)
  • Andy Whitehead 1-01.26
  • Tony Keyworth 1-04.51
  • Ann Walsham 1-04.54
  • John Smith 1-12.30
  • Bob Cuff 1-13.39 (road bike)
  • Ala Whitehead 1-20.58

Results (not published yet)

South Pennine 25, A25/11, Saturday 16th May

Karen Posted 8th May 2017

Variable conditions at Etwall produced some fast rides, congratulations to Steve, Chris, Karen (right) and Chris on their assorted age records. There was slight panic for a while as Karen’s time was wrongly reported as 56.25 but this was soon put right by the organiser.

  • Steve Gibson 50.59 (Group age record)
  • Chris Ledger 51.03 (Group age record)
  • Trevor Mayne 51.49
  • Alan Cooke 53.21
  • Richard Sheldrake 54.10
  • Karen Ledger 54.25 (1st 40-44 woman, National and Group age record)
  • Paul Mapletoft 55.24
  • Chris Melia 56.06 (1st 50-54 woman, National and Group age record)
  • Alex Deck 56.56 (1st 45-49 woman)
  • Oliver Wright 57.22

Results

BDCA 10, A10/19, Saturday 6th May

Chris Posted 8th May 2017

Yet another chilly, windy race, but this time with enough favourable wind direction for some decent times on the Etwall course. There aren't many 10s run on this course (which is a shame) so many riders had travelled long distances for the event.

  • 16th - Chris Myhill 20.44
  • 31st - Alan Cooke 21.44
  • 42nd - Paul Mapletoft 22.12
  • 2nd woman - Chris Melia 22.30 (right) – a new women's group age record, Chris' fourth
  • 4th woman - Alex Deck 22.50 (course pb and new Rutland CC women's record)
  • 78th Mick Allen – 26.15

Results: men | women | photos

Rossington Wheelers 10, O10/1, Saturday 6th May

Posted 8th May 2017

Wheeler Richard Lunt both organised and rode to 2nd place in this, the 6th event in the North Mids TT series. Not only that but he also found time to purchase an impressive range of Belgian beers for the prizes, which went down really well with the riders. Here's how we did:

Ann
  • 1st - Paddy Gould 21.18
  • 2nd - Richard Lunt 21.28
  • 8th - Trevor Mayne 22.33
  • 9th - Joe Le Sage 22.39
  • 21st - Mick Lamb 24.31
  • 23rd - Ann Walsham 25.03 (right) 1st woman – this will nudge Ann up in the series standings, well done Ann.
  • 24th - Gordon Wordsworth 25.06
  • 28th - Tony Keyworth 25.44
  • 34th - Alix Archer 26.19
  • 37th - Michael Weaver 26.58
  • 40th - John Smith 28.04
  • 42nd - John Slater 28.23

Full results here.

VTTA 15m National Championship 2017, V728, Sunday 30th April

Posted 3rd May 2017

Some really great rides at this despite a 20mph headwind on the outward leg, which did for most people. Chris and Karen Ledger both achieved group age records and Karen's was also a national age record. Alex Deck with partner Richard Dixon won the tandem event, also a new age record.

Chris
  • 1st tandem – 31.01 - Alex Deck & Richard Dixon - new national age record
  • 9th Chris Ledger – 32.03 - equalling Mick Allen’s group age record (right)
  • 16th Keith Ainsworth 32.29
  • 35th Andy Newham 33.34 - new Lincoln Wheelers CC record
  • 35th Karen Ledger 33.42 - 1st woman and new group and national age record
  • 38th Richard Sheldrake 33.45
  • 57th Andy Whitehead 35.03
  • 72nd Steve Scott 36.34
  • 84th Paul Heggie 37.07
  • 86th Tony Keyworth 37.18
  • 120th Alan Sides 44.26

Full results here.

Matlock CC 10, A10/16, Sunday 30th April

Paddy Posted 3rd May 2017

Very early morning start on the Darley Dale - Bakewell course for some brave souls! Another good result for Ann Walsham, a 1st and a 2nd in a weekend. Excellent ride by Patrick Gould, that's a stonking time on that course. Well done Paddy.

  • 2nd Patrick Gould 21.32 (right)
  • 14th Oliver Wright 24.44
  • 20th / 2nd woman Ann Walsham 25.18
  • 27th / 3rd woman Alix Archer 26.51

Full results.

Birdwell Wheelers 25, Hatfield Woodhouse, Saturday 29th April

Darryl and Amm Posted 3rd May 2017

Windy conditions at Hatfield shock! A good 7th place by Daryl Wall, still coming back from injury, and a great ride by Ann Walsham for 1st woman. This was part of the North Midlands Time Trial series.

  • 7th Darryl Wall 55.55 (right)
  • 11th Trevor Mayne 57.01
  • 14th Richard Lunt 57.37
  • 17th Daryl May 58.32
  • 19th Alan Cooke 58.46
  • 29th Paul Mapletoft 1-02.07
  • 33rd / 1st woman Ann Walsham 1-03.39 (right)

Full results here.

LVRC National TT Championship 2017, Saturday 22nd April

Keith Posted 26th March 2017

Keith Ainsworth won silver at the LVRC champs at Napton, Warwickshire at the weeknd - well done Keith! Here he is on the podium...

Full results here.

Barton Whs 25 ∧ YCF 25, Saturday 22nd April

Patrick Posted 26th March 2017

Patrick Gould (right) got his first win (I think) of the season at the Barton Whs event on the C10/7. Chris Myhill was 9th, Mick Lamb 30th and Tony Keyworth 40th. Full results.

Four members competed in the YCF 25 on the V236/1. Full results.

  • Andy Whitehead 56.57
  • Steve Scott 1-00.22
  • Ala Whitehead 1-12.13
  • Alan Sides 1-13.47

VTTA Notts & East Midlands 10, A10/14A, Saturday 22nd April

Alex Posted 26th March 2017

One of the few events on the A1 this year was a gusty 10 on the Long Bennington > Gonerby Moor course.

  • Paul Mapletoft 22.19
  • Gary Kondor 22.57
  • Alex Deck 22.59 (1st lady) (right)
  • Oliver Wright 23.04
  • John Smith 26.50 (despite a small detour at the first roundabout)
  • Peter Stirk 27.18

Full results.

Beacon RCC / Knight Composite classic series, round 3, K22/37, Saturday 22nd April

Daryl Posted 26th March 2017

Joe and Daryl continued their assault on the classic series.

  • Daryl May – 3rd vet, 1-42.58 (right)
  • Joe Le Sage – 5th vet, 1-43.34

CTT report | full results | series standings.

North Midlands time trial championships, Sunday 16th April

Steve Posted 20th March 2017

This was run on a new SpoCo course near Stocksbridge (part of the North Mids TT series). Awesome ride by Steve Gibson for 3rd overall and winner of the North Mids trophy – congratulations Steve. Actually looking at the results it was a pretty good turn out by the North Mids VTTA:

  • 3rd - Steve Gibson 52.03 (right)
  • 8th - Joe Le Sage 54.11
  • 10th - Daryl May 54.23
  • 20th - Rob Barnard 1-01.34
  • 23rd – Alix Archer (2nd woman, well done Alix)

Full results.

Otley CC SpoCo, V212, Sunday 15th April

Paul Posted 20th March 2017

Ian Ambler and Andy Whitehead rode the Otley 10 on the V212 on Saturday, finishing with 24.22 and a 25.04 respectively. Paul Heggie (pictured) recorded a course pb with 25.58.

Full results | Photos by PCS Photography

Buxton MTT, Good Friday

Dom Posted 20th March 2017

The Buxton MTT was the second event in the Knight Composites Classic Series. Our mountain goats Joe Le Sage (Rutland CC), Daryl May (Sheffrec), Trevor Mayne (Birdwell Whs), Alan Cooke (Peak RC) and Dominic Watts (Veloviewer - pictured) all took on the challenging (read: brutal) Longnor course.

The vets were in with the women in that they had to do 2 laps instead of 3. Fantastic results for Joe (4th - pictured) and Daryl (6th) with 1-02.13 and 1-02.56 respectively, well done guys. Trevor was just outside the top 10 with 1-05.54, Alan took 17th place with 1-07.13 and Dom was 21st with 1-07.53. Full results | Photos.

City RC 10, V718, Good Friday

Alex And Richard tandem Posted 20th March 2017

Not many group members rode this (very wise as it was freezing) but we still managed two tandems:

  • Alex Deck (Rutland CC)/Richard Dixon (Team Swift) (tandem) 19.22 (new national vets age record)
  • Steve Gibson (Peak RC) 19.33 **NEW NORTH MIDS AGE RECORD**
  • Karl Caton (Elmsall RC) 20.18
  • Alan Steward (Team Swift)/ A Quincey (tandem) 22.31
  • Gary Kondor (Sherwood Pines) 22.53
  • Mick Allen (Team Jewson/Mike Ives) 23.28
  • Ala Whitehead (Rockingham CC) 28.04

Other weekend events, 8th/9th April

Posted 11th March 2017 Joe

VTTA National 10 (J2/1), BDCA 25 (A25/11), GKV SpoCo (J8/4),

Oliver Wright (CLOs), Mick Allen (MI Racing) and Ala &Andy Whitehead (Rockingham CC) ventured west for the VTTA National 10, won (again) by Ron Hallam with a plus of about 4 hours. Andy finished with 23.29 and Ala did 30.08. Interesting that there were only 9 female entries out of a field of 120.

Alan Cooke (Peak RC) and Daryl May (Sheffrec) opted for the windy BDCA 25 at Etwall, coming 19th and =22nd respectively with 54.07 and 54.16.

Continuing his assualt on the Knight Composite Classic Series, Joe Le Sage (Rutland CC - right) finished a very creditable 6th in the GKV SpoCo with 1-15.29.

Lea Valley CC 25, E2/25, Saturday 8th April

Posted 11th March 2017 Richard

Richard Sheldrake (Lincoln Whs) made the epic drive down to Newmarket to ride the E2/25. Very favourable conditions resulted in a pb by 7 secs with 53.48. Congratulations Richard – good start to the season. Richard says “It was a very fast day (faster than Etwall) with 10 men riding under 48 minutes and John Dewey winning in 45.20 -the third fastest 25 ever and fastest by an amateur.” Great pic of Richard at the turn.

Birdwell Whs 10, O10/1, Saturday 8th April

Posted 10th April 2017 Paddy

It’s safe to say the Birdwell 10 didn’t run smoothly. Road works kept springing up without warning resulting in three changes of course before a 7.5m route was agreed on, then the timekeeper drove into a ditch near the start and had to be towed out. There should have been a special trophy for the organisers because they did a fantastic job under very trying circumstances. Well done Paul and Trev. At least it was sunny – and everyone pb’d!

New member Patrick Gould (Matlock CC - top right) did a fantastic ride for 2nd overall with 15.49; Chris Ledger (Rutland CC) was 9th with 16.25, Keith Ainsworth (Langsett Cycles RT) 16.36, Trevor Mayne (Birdwell Whs) 16.39, Karen Ledger (Rutland CC - right) 20th and 1st woman with an excellent 17.14;Karen I was 2nd woman with 18.03, Mick Lamb (Kiveton Park CC) 18.17, Rob Barnard (18.21), Gordon Wordsworth (Whirlow Wheelers) 35th with 19.05, Tony Keyworth (Kiveton Park CC) 36th with 19.20, Mike Weaver 44th with 20.41, John Smith (Thurcroft CC) 46th with 21.41 and Alan Sides (Rotherham Whs) bringing up the rear with 23.50.

If you’ve not seen the photos John Robert took some brilliant ones (including these two) which are on FB.

Bolsover & District CC 10, O10/5, Saturday 18th March

Steve Posted 14th March 2017

Another good event organised by Craig Devonshire (thanks Craig) - well marshalled and (amazingly) dry. As with last week, the O10/5 at Cuckney isn't a fast course but it produced some excellent rides by some new-on-the-scene-youngsters (both winners were under 23 - eek) and some almost as fast ones from the vets. Karen Ledger was beaten into 2nd place by Loughborough Uni's Anna Morris but achieved a new Rutland women's 10 record, not bad going on such a slow course. I'm sure it will be lowered very soon! New member Steve Gibson (Peak RC) was highest placed North Mids vet with 21.06 (right), with Darryl Wall a few places behind with 21.32. Good to see Darryl back on the bike after his horrible accident last year.

Once again Rob Booth was on the course with his camera and took some really great photos.

Full results | photos (Rob Booth)

YCF 10, V910, Sunday 12th March

Paul Posted 14th March 2017

Paul Heggie, Mick Lamb, Tony Keyworth, Paul Mapletoft and Alan Sides all rode the rolling V910 on Sunday. This isn't a fast course by any stretch of the imagination and Paul Mapletoft must have had tired legs from the day before but finished fastest of the North Mids riders with 25.14. Mick Lamb was a few sec slower with 25.20, Tony Keyworth 26.30. Paul Heggie (right) did a course pb of 26.40. Alan Sides got round in 32.45 - well done Alan.

Full results | photos (Rob Booth)

VTTA North Mids 14.7m SpoCo, O14C, Saturday 11th March

Karen Posted 14th March 2017

Our first event of the year, on a new (resurrected) course based around the Cuckney 10 course with a few hills thrown in. A really good turnout by Group members, too many to mention - and we also picked up a few new ones. Karen Ledger (right) won the Ron Blythe trophy for best Group member on standard and was fastest woman with 35.40 (+6.17). Fastest North Mids man and 2nd overall was new member Steve Gibson with 32.42.

Full results | photos (Rob Booth)

First races of the year!

Chris and Karen Posted 3rd March 2017

Kicking off the season proper were the Sheffrec 25m 2up and the Matlock 21m hilly, both on Saturday. We had members in both and managed some really good results - a great start to the season.

A great North Mids turnout for the 2up, with Joe Le Sage, Alix Archer, Allan Wailoo, Richard Lunt, Mick Lamb and Paul Mapletoft, Andy Whitehead, Daryl May and the Ledgers (top right) all braving the legendary Hatfield wind. Chris and Karen Ledger, now riding for Rutland CC, won fastest mixed pair with a great 58-something (results not published yet but photos here.). Ann

Over at Matlock, Trevor Mayne was 12th with 1:01.33 and Ann Walsham (Maxx RT) (right) was fastest lady by a margin of almost 4 minutes with 1:09.45 - well done both.

Update

VTTA Posted 27th Jan 2017

Have updated the events page and the faq to clarify the various group competitions this year. We might have to do a bit of a trophy revamp, as some of our awards are no longer valid given how few events we are promoting this year.

Get in touch if you have any questions.

Photo of the week

Pete Holden, Graham Barker and Tony Carroll, 1974

Pete Holden, Graham Barker and Tony Carroll, 1974