delete

Round 6 Cestria Time Trial Results & Round up...

Big thanks to all who marshalled: Peter Scott, Richard Barnett, Richard Nichol, David Sparrow, Sarah Wheater & Nick Jobson and Dave Marshall for once again putting up all the course signs Thanks to all who attended & raced another good turn out from Sunderland Clarion and great to see some new Cestria Members so a warm welcome to you all The podium positions were 1st Dean Penfold (20.44) 2nd Rick Mitford (22.29) & 3rd Christian Webster-reed (23.18) Overall positions: Rick Mitford holds on to the top spot followed by Phil Cook in 2nd & Dave Sparrow in 3rd, Rick & Phil have both raced their 6 races so the next 2 weeks can only be used to improve on points from previous races, Michael Openshaw still has 2 races in hand with a potential of a 100 points still up for grabs as does Michael Johnson either could take the 2016 title in the last 2 races of the series. Good luck to all. Stuart...
delete

Cyclocross 2015/16 Season Review

With the 2015/16 Cyclocross season at an end, it’s a good time to review the year and pick out some of the highlights for the Club. Michael Kebell Dean Penfold Christian Webster-Reed Gareth Clarke Chris Burns Joe Shacklady Geoff Watson Dave Burns Sandy Cheung David Burns In the North East Cyclocross League (NECCL), Michael Kebell took a well deserved age category league title in the V50 league which also placed him 10th overall. Dave Burns (Snr), David Burns (Jnr), Chris Burns, Sandy Cheung and Dean Penfold also made appearances in the NECCL races with Dean and Chris taking three second places between them in the year. In Cyclocross North East (CXNE) Dean Penfold and Chris Burns had a hard fought year with Dean taking 5th and Chris 6th in the Senior Mens league – this was only resolved at the last round with Dean finishing one point ahead of Chris – very well done to both riders.  Joe Shacklady had some very good results taking a second place as a season highlight in the Under16 category.  Also appearing in the CXNE league were Sandy Cheung, Gareth Clarke and Christian Webster-Reed. A very special mention must also go to Geoff Watson.  The Lanterne Rouge is a cherished position to hold and often it was Geoff.  He also attended all 13 rounds of the CXNE championship (one of only 10 riders out the 524 CXNE riders who raced all year).  Despite some truly awful conditions during the latter part of the season and using one bike throughout he kept on plugging away recording a finish at every race – Well done Geoff.  My personal highlight was seeing him at the side of the course, fixing a puncture in the middle of the race at Hetton – he still went on to finish! Cestria as a club were also round organisers in both North East leagues.  The rounds took place at Meadowfield in October (NECCL) and Hermitage Academy in December (CXNE).  Thanks once again to everyone who helped to make these days of racing a success to raise the profile of the club.  Chris Burns in particular should be acknowledged for taking on the CXNE at the Hermitage – a huge task for a first time race organiser.  We are scheduled to host Cyclocross again in 2016 and hopefully the same support can be...
delete

Cestria CC Hill Climb – course record broken!...

Paul McMenemy's Hill Climb 2015 pictures All pictures above courtesy Paul McMenemy; he has large format originals and is delighted to attach them to you free of charge. If you want Paul’s email please complete the “Contact us” form (tab is at the top of this page), or email/facebook me if you have my details. He is a member of our facebook page, so if you use the picture simply tag and acknowledge him. Peter   Dear all, We had a wonderful morning’s racing yesterday, culminating in Tim Wilcock breaking the course record with a stunning 4:14.4 and Cestria’s Michael Openshaw close behind in second with 4:24.9. Cestria CC won the team prize with Michael Openshaw, Chris Burns and Dean Penfold combining to make a stunning 13:55.5, with Durham University second (15:01.4) and Muckle CC third (15:26.7). Best lady was Hannah Rhodes-Patterson (Durham University) and best junior was Thomas Hordon (Barnesbury CC). In the vets the best V40 was Michael Openshaw and Colin Atkinson (EMC) second. I believe this means that Michael wins the Vets prize in the Northumberland & Durham DCA competition but will wait for Ben Lane to confirm that. The best V50 was David Goodwin of Newcastle Cheviots. There was a fantastic atmosphere on the course, with “Blaydon CC corner”, Hetton Hawks with a magnificent cow bell and people generally offering encouragement and support. Many congrats to the prizewinners but, perhaps more importantly, all those who raced the climb for the first time. I would like to acknowledge the club and supporters, without whom the event could not have taken place: – Sponsors John Morefield Ltd. and Cestria Cycles for their most generous donations – The Official CTT Timekeepers Frances and Peter Schultz for giving up their time so generously – John Davidson for his fantastic commentary. – Marshalls Ian Gardner (pusher off), Angela Fusco, Mike Wyngard, John Mabbitt, Richard Ritz, Richard Nichol, Matt Brown, Gareth Clarke, Paul McMenemy for photos, Dave Marshall (and many thanks for placing the signs). My wife Catherine, Janet Wyngard, Louise Ottaway, Terry and Louise’s little daughter and Richard Ritz’s son who not only helped serve food and keep the place tidy, but then took it upon themselves to collect litter afterwards and sweep the floor – the little stars! All club members who so generously brought food, much of it deliciously home-made; John Bowman from Muckle CC summed it up on the N&DCA fb page: “The post race spread was outstanding as well, I think even better that the Clarion scran from the other week! Thanks to all involved.” – the range of wonderful photographs we have seen here on fb – Special mention must be given to Terry Ottaway, who has been superb in his assistance, inspiration and organisation. Great to see Eddie McGourley (historic record holder of the HC with 3:57) and founder member Eddie Kerr at the event. Peter Scott CestriaHC page1 CestriaHC...
delete

Barnesbury 3TTT

Having never attempted a Team Time Trial, Stuart Cook, Jonathon Foreman and Mal Gray entered the Barnesbury TTT on Wednesday 15 July.  It was a nice summers evening with a light breeze, coupled with a undulating 19 mile course out of Ponteland.  Getting a system together during warm up we all got round in one piece finishing 35th on the night. Although twice the length of Lumley TT the ride seemed to be over very quickly, probably due to concentrating on keeping 3 riders together as much as the focusing on the ride itself. Good fun and a bit different, I’m sure we will be back to improve on our time next year. Thanks to Ray Haldane for the...
delete

Mini series 8 results, report, pictures and final tables...

The final nail-biter finale of the Mini series took place on 2 July; it had been previously raining and was still raining when we started the first 10 riders. There was a light south-westerly which gave a little help to those on the home straight. Despite the wet afternoon 22 riders started with podium places still up for grabs. The corners were still wet and we had one faller when Dave Cleugh over cooked it on the last left-hand bend before the finish on lap one (but got up and finished in 5th place!). Chris Burns won by 6 seconds over Michael Sloanes, with Rick Mitford in 3rd with 22:18. Ingrid Shepherd had already won the series last week and while she appeared before the start, decided not to chance racing. This allowed Sandy Cheung to win the ladies’ competition for the final round, meaning that Lesley Goodrum and herself ended up with equal points which seemed somehow very fitting. Jill Howarth was third on the night, surviving a near miss as a car pulled out on her from the Three Horseshoes pub. New entrant in the 18-39 cat Lewis McEvoy set a very impressive 23:31 on a course he did not know (and on a standard bike), and Christian Webster-Reed did a PB with the same time 23:31. David Wilson epitomised the spirit of the series; he had forgotten to bring his shoes and helmet and rather than going home, he offered to marshall, giving us a full set of five on the road yet again. The Mini Series has been a team effort and I would like to acknowledge a number of people; Rick Mitford, Terry Ottaway, RIchard Ritz, Colin Laughton and Mal Grey all did timekeeping and chief marshall while Dave Marshall set up the signs for over half of the series. A number of people marshalled more than once, notably Angela Fusco, Nick Jobson, Dave Reed, Richard Ritz, Ray Haldene, John Mabbitt and Terry Ottaway. The series has given a lot of people an experience of marshalling which has been very useful, and perhaps we can tempt more people to try timekeeping next year. There have been two outstanding features of this year’s Series; firstly, the number of people who have tried and enjoyed time trialling for the first time and secondly, the rapid rise of the women’s Mini series. As well as the stunning speedsters Ingrid Shepherd and Angela Hibbs who participated in the series, we had ladies on an assortment of road bikes (and perhaps we should think about separate/additional categories for time trial and ‘sporting’ bikes next year). Finally, the Series is obviously working well and I’m inclined not to change too much. We’ll discuss whether the best of 5 races, rather that this year’s 6 might be better, but we should keep the entry fee the same (and also discuss a falling scale of membership fees depending on when people join during the series). We warmly welcome those who have made Cestria CC their second-choice club, not least since it reminds us that cycling is still a minority sport and we need to support each other as much as possible. Peter Scott   [Table corrected 16 July by PJDS – error in Peter Baggaley’s time]   Chris Burns pipped Michael Sloanes, but unfortunately Michael had already raced 6 whereas last night was Chris’s 6th race, meaning he has won this category. Dave Cleugh’s spill did not prevent him from moving into...
delete

Mini series 7 results and report

[All pictures courtesy Keith Thompson] Supervet Shaun Tyson smells victory and posts a 2015 series record time of 20:16 We had an exciting evening’s racing for Mini Series 7 with 3 riders on 20-minutes schedules, and PBs for a number of others. Vet Shaun Tyson provided an impressive winning 20:16, followed 16 seconds later by Michael Openshaw. Last week’s winner Johnny Harrison had 20:54 on a course which was drying following the afternoon’s rain, but by no means totally dry. Michael Sloanes nearly equalled his series PB with a fine 21:09 and was followed by an impressive series newbie Angela Hibbs with 21:29. As you will see below last night’s results will mean a nailbiter finale for next week’s overall and age-related tables with many riders aiming to improve on their lowest points (remember, we count the best 6 and also add 30 marshalling points where relevant). I should mention that you don’t have to ride 6 events to be included in the final results and everyone who entered or marshalled will be placed. Many thanks again for all our marshalls which means we had 5 on the road again, with an energetic Chris Burns pushing off and yours truly timekeeping. I have decided to award the top 3 certificates in each category, plus the top 3 overall. We should also note that the vast majority of drivers were both sympathetic and tolerant, and the new large signs must be having an effect (and thanks once again to Dave Marshall for setting them up). Michael Openshaw heading to second place with a fine 20:32 and a series PB.                   Junior Christian Webster-Reed posted a fine 24:13. In the 18-39 league Michael Sloanes reduces Dave “The Arra” Sparrow’s lead to 7 points but Michael has not yet marshalled whereas Dave has. Both have six qualifying races but Dave is the one with the opportunity to improve his lowest points (race 1 = 24). Equally tantalising, Chris Burns has only five qualifying rides and must race next week to have a chance of winning (and is only two points off Michael Sloanes). Dave Cleugh only has five races on the table and can also make ground next week, and an outside chance for the podium is Jonathan Foremann (who slashed his series PB) who is dependent on other results. Where is my Premier League predictor when I need it?! Jonathan Foremann was another Cestria rider who set a PB.                   With Michael Openshaw racing again, Stuart Cook’s lead is reduced to a mere 2 points, but Michael has only raced 5 whereas Stuart has now set all 6. However, Stuart is guaranteed a silver overall since both Lee Ridden and the chasing Steve Gordon are too far behind. Had series newbie Chris Lax been there from the start, it might have been a different story (Chris got a fine 21:31 last night)   John Mabbitt was another Cestria rider who set a PB, and has worked on streamlining his position on his classic single-speed mount. Not even the hassle of organising tomorrow’s Open time trial on the course could deter Rick Mitford from another empathic win, and he set a series PB with an excellent 21:51 and has won the 56+ series – many congrats. Dave Burns lead on second place was reduced by Tom Guy’s marshalling points (both gents have now marshalled and have only set...