Allen Valley Velo Time Trial: 7 June 2015

A Magnificent Seven riders from Cestria contested the Allen Valley Time Trial on Sunday.  The race was planned as 24 miles (two laps of a 12 mile hilly course around Allendale), but it was shortened to an 11.5 mile one lap due race to some traffic lights for Roadworks being in place.  Northumberland County Council had promised the race organiser they would be removed for the weekend but did not keep their word, so the race was shortened as a result.

To add insult to injury for the organisers, a second set of traffic lights was installed in the final third of the course the evening before the race – which were in a location that was unavoidable.  Credit to the organisers – although angered by the situation they found themselves in, dealt with the problems well and seemed to run a smooth event.

Once out on the road Cestria had a very good day.  Out of the 73 finishers our results were:

Michael Openshaw – 3rd overall and 2nd in his age category

Dean Penfold – 4th overall and 2nd in his age category

Sandy Cheung – 7th Lady overall and 2nd in her age category

Chris Burns – 8th overall and 4th in his age category

Rick Mitford – 20th overall and 1st in his age category

David Sparrow – 25th overall

Mal Gray – 26th overall

Top result of the day was the team prize.  The time of the three fastest finishers from each club was added together for the team competition – with Michael, Dean and Chris all being in the overall top 8 we were clear winners in this category and took home a crate of beer from the local Allendale Brewery – I suspect we may be back to defend our title next year!

Many thanks to Dave Burns and Dave Sparrow for pictures.

  • Rick Mitford