Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial Winners 2018

On a glorious sunny evening on Wednesday 16th May, 64 riders from a full entry of 74 turned up to compete in the Saddleworth Clarion Mountain Time Trial.

Certainly pleasantly warm and sunny at the Event HQ at Saddleworth Cricket, Bowls and Tennis Club, perhaps a little colder and windier than expected out on the high ground of the course itself. Thus well received was the complementary drink of beer, tea or coffee, plus sandwiches and delicious home -made cakes that awaited the riders and volunteers at the finish.

The competition for the fastest time was extremely close with only 13 seconds separating the first three riders on the night.  However winner was Matt Moorhouse of Preston CC , who recorded an impressive time of 48 minutes 02 seconds for the hilly 17 mile course.  Matt was presented with £150 in Rapha vouchers and a Kwaremont beer and large tankard.

Just beaten into 2nd place was Louis Szymanski of Cycling Sheffield Giant , in 48 minutes 04 seconds, closely followed by  another Sheffield based rider, Andy Nichols of Team B38/Underpin Racing in a time of 48 minutes 15 seconds.  They received £50 and £25 cheques respectively plus Kwaremont beer and tankard.

The winning female time of 1 hour 1 minute 06 seconds was posted by Karen Poole of Sportstest RT. Karen was also presented with £150 in Rapha vouchers and was the inaugural recipient of the Annie Kenney Trophy.

2nd female was Charlotte Boothman of ABC Centreville with a time of 1hour 2 minutes 16 seconds, 3rd female, Janet Grint of Stockport Tri Club in 1hour 2 minutes 50 seconds. Charlotte and Janet also received cheques for £50 and £25 respectively plus Kwaremont beer and tankard.

The prize of Rapha vouchers for fastest rider Under 18 (Junior) went to 15 year old Francis Woodcock of Bury Clarion Cycling Club who finished 14th overall with an extremely impressive time of 52 minutes 46 seconds.  No doubt inspired by the exploits of former and honorary Bury Clarion member Simon Yates, who in the famous pink jersey of Giro D’Italia leader won that day’s stage into Osimo.

Kieran Manchester of Saddleworth Clarion was thus presented with the award for fastest Clarion rider for his time of 52 minutes 57 seconds.  Martha Tibbot, also of Saddleworth Clarion, received the prize for fastest female Clarion rider with a time of 1hour 2 minutes 50 seconds.

The coveted Lanterne Rouge prize of a box of Yorkshire Tea and Yorkshire Tea tea towel went to Emma Bowen of Glossop Kinder Velo riding her first time trial which she completed in 1 hour 13 minutes.  Nothing like starting with an easy event for your initiation into the world of time trialling!

Several other prizes of Kwaremont beer and Kwaremont bidons were also awarded.

A professional photographer Raymond Bracewell was out on the course and took some very impressive shots of the riders in action. These can be viewed and purchased at https://ridingforlove.smugmug.com/Sports/SaddleworthClarionMountainTT16May2018/

Well worth taking a look.

Many thanks to everyone for making it another very successful and well received event.

To Rapha, Kwaremont beer and Taylors of Harrogate for their sponsorship; the participants for entering and riding; and to the volunteers on the night.  Without volunteers manning the signing on, marshalling out on the course, handling the timekeeping and of course baking cakes, the event couldn’t take place. So thank you all!  Let’s do it all again in 2019.