Twelve hardy souls braved the torrential rain to battle against the clock, on Staughton Moor’s wild slopes, for the glory of being the St Neots Hill Climb Champion 2013. Despite the miserable weather, some of the club’s strong riders turned out, with several of the favourites on the line, including defending champion Richard Ostler, a seriously on form Joe Finucane, TT powerhouse Rich Hancock, MTB’er and recent road convert John Sheasby, and the club’s only 2nd Cat roadie, Wayne Tunnah.
So after 18 weeks, the last TT of the season took place at the Abbotsley course and 32 riders were on the line for the 2013 finale.
65 different club members have taken part this season, with 3 first timers this evening, showing the increasing popularity of the event. If we add in the number of guests who rode then we have had 80 riders enjoying the SNCC TT in 2013.
The penultimate TT of the 2013 season saw 24 riders, including 6 guests, line up to take on the challenging 11.2 mile sporting course at Abbotsley.
Ian Turner led the field home with another impressive time of 25.21, with three of the guests posting sub-28 minutes to take the next three places on a warm and fairly benign evening for the riders.
22 riders including 7 guests took part this evening with the guest riders securing the top 3 places. Adrian Taverna was the fastest club member of the evening posting a PB of 28 minutes on the challenging 11.2 mile sportive course at Abbotsley.
The highlights this evening were 8 more PBs with Mark Greenhow pushing under 30 minutes for the first time and Daniel Hurst on his first visit to the course achieving a 28.27.
Ian Turner was fastest again on the night with a time of 25.27, almost a full minute and a half ahead of Chris Ritchie (26.56) who shaved a full 38 seconds off his own previous best. Taking the final “podium slot” was Darren Preston with a 27.25.
Ian Turner recorded the fastest time this season (and the second best time ever) of 25 mins 15 secs over the 11.2 mile Abbotsley course with Tom Stead in 2nd (25:35) whilst Chris Ritchie and Richard Hancock both posted an identical 25:38 to take joint 3rd.
Thursday was a superb evening for the St Neots CC Time Trial with 22 riders out to test themselves on the challenging 11.2 mile sporting course. Richard Hancock, fresh from his triumph at the Club’s Ashman Trophy event the previous Saturday, turned in the fastest TT of the season with a superb 25.22
Superb weather greeted the 21 riders ready to test themselves for the Ashman Trophy over 2 circuits of the Abbotsley course, and given the heat, many were thinking about how to pace themselves over the 22.4 mile circuit.
It was still 19 deg and sunny as the TT started but there was a stiff north-westerly breeze that would test the riders particularly through Waresley.
The almost perfect conditions produced 11 PBs this evening with Florence Lendrum taking 2.5 minutes off her PB and Yvonne Cosbie almost 2 minutes. Chapeau to Gareth Smith who started the season with a 33.14 for pushing under 30 minutes for the first time with a 29.50 and also good to see two of regular guest riders, Kevin Stokes and Paul Littledyke also turning in PBs this evening.