It was a breezy night threatening rain as we signed-on for the penultimate evening TT of the year: the 2-up at Snainton. Rain began to fall during the event and was hammering down a while after we'd finished. So a special thanks to Elaine Ward who brought the Paragon numbers along, enabling us to set the pairs off at one-minute intervals by using two number 7s, two 8s, and so on. It might have been treacherous otherwise. As it was, it wasn't too bad a night. It was hard work into the SW wind but great coming back up from Yedingham.
A 2-up is a bit like team time trials you see on the telly in the Tour de France, except there's just two riders. That means you take it turns drafting each other, so can go a bit quicker than you would by yourself. Pacing is harder than a normal TT because you're alternately getting a breather and then full on the gas.
We had a handful of solo riders too, including Paul Griffiths, who got another PB on his gravel bike. Hannah Bayes also PB'd, and I think got a women's course record with 24:05.
With the pairs, it helps if you're fairly evenly matched so that you can share the work effectively. That seemed to be the case for Dave Myers and Cath Staples (making her debut), Dave Bower and Jack McKinley, and Luke Backhouse and Colin France.
Mark Williams and me were pretty well matched too. Mark's stronger than me but slightly less aero, so we were stretching the elastic at various points, particularly the last leg up from Yedingham when I lost his wheel. No complaints with our finish time, however. We were both happy with that.
Winners Pete Roebuck and Steve Dodds aren't normally that far apart as solo riders either, so it was no surprise that they did a great ride together, averaging almost 28mph for the win.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered: Donna Gibson, Jeff Winder, Brian Musson, Paul Lane, Andy Firth, Trish Dunn, John Tillotson, Mick Storey and Elaine Ward (who mentored Trish's first go at timekeeping). With pairs of riders, we needed more help than usual to marshal, push off, etc.
The next and last evening event is the 5-mile TT at Dunslow (meet just off the A64 roundabout near Morrison's) next Wednesday. Sign on by 6.45pm. After that, we've got a handful of weekend events. One of them is Paragon's Open 10 at Burton Fleming – sign on here for that: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/17526
1. Pete Roebuck & Steve Dodds (SRC & SPCC) 21:28 (27.95mph)
2. Dan Joyce & Mark Williams (RCC) 22:55 (26.18mph)
3. Simon Ward (solo) (SPCC) 23:22 (25.68mph)
4. Matt Purnell (solo) (SPCC) 23:25 (25.62mph)
5. Rob Grainger & John Galway (SPCC & SRC) 23:43 (25.30mph)
6. Shaw Pickard & Robin Stephenson (SPCC) 23:44 (25.28mph)
7. Hannah Bayes (solo) (Liv Giant) 24:05 (24.91mph) Course PB
8. Luke Backhouse & Colin France (SPCC) 24:15 (24.74mph)
9. Paul Griffiths (solo) (RCC) 24:44 (24.26mph) Course PB
10. Ben & Rich Sixsmith (SPCC) 24:57 (24.05mph)
11. Mike Potter (solo) (SPCC) 25:25 (23.61mph)
12. Dave Bower & Jack McKinley (RCC & BCC) 27:32 (21.79mph)
13. Paul Marr (solo) (RCC) 30:08 (19.91mph)
14. Dave Myers & Cath Staples (RCC) 31:56 (18.79mph)
15. Hester & Will Butterworth (SPCC) 35:55 (16.71mph)
DNS Brian Ward (solo) (SPCC)
The rescheduled Mountain 24 Hilly TT took place on Sunday 12th Aug, despite the rain. Here are the results for that.
1. Harry Butterworth (SPCC) 1:06:50
2. Luke Backhouse (SPCC) 1:09:08
3. Richard Sixsmith (SPCC) 1:22:39
DNF Simon Ward (SPCC)