Weekend Round Up

Mar 25, 2015
Posted by: matt
Category: Results
  • Shepherd 1st lady at Cramlington CC 18m TT and Teesdale CRC 21m TT
  • Gordon 9th at Cramlington CC 18m TT, Sloanes 10th
  • Spring Road Race
  • Club Reliability Ride

It was a busy weekend for Sunderland Clarion riders as the North East cycling season really picked up. There were strong rides in time trials and road races by a number of the club’s members, while others took part in the club’s reliability ride.

Steve Gordon led home the Clarion riders on Saturday in the Cramilington CC 18 mile Time Trial in Northumberland, clocking a time of 42:37 on the rolling course to finish 9th overall behind GS Metro’s Carl Donaldson (39:08) who continues his strong form from last season. Michael Sloanes was next Clarion rider, trailing his teammate by 5 seconds to finish 10th. Mark Tully showed some good form to finish 16th (43:42) with Kris Adlington 21st (44:19), Tom Guy was 39th (46:27), while Ingrid Shepherd showed that this season she’ll be a force to be reckoned with finishing in a time of 45:00 to take the prize for first lady, and finish 28th overall. 

Sunday saw Shepherd riding the Teesdale CRC 21 mile TT on another rolling course, again she was first lady putting a strong ride and course record of 52:02, good enough for 11th overall behind the host’s Darren Gee (47:35)

Elsewhere on Sunday Mark Tully, Paul Cottrell, Chris Barnard and Matt France represented the Clarion at the Spring Road Race in Longhirst, Northumberland. The race a new addition to the calendar, replacing Wansbeck CC’s Australian Pursuit, saw riders tackling a 6 lap race covering 45 miles.  In the end Ian Norris (Blumilk) and Josh Moody (Achieve Northside Skinnergate) got away from the bunch, with Moody taking the spoils with Norris second. Behind them Tony Fawcett (Pioneer Scott Syncros) finished in third. Tully led home the Clarion riders in the bunch, which had been depleted by a crash on the last lap that held up Cottrell and Barnard. 

Finally 8 riders took part in the club’s reliability ride, an opportunity for riders to test themselves and their bikes on a challenging course. This year the social ride took place in the Northern Pennines, with the ride starting in Middleton in Teesdale, before heading across to Cumbria through Brough, and taking in Hartside. Partaking in the challenge were Charlie Monchatre, Lewis McEvoy, Allan Smith, Peter Baggaley, John Scott, Steve Kerr, Steve Smithson and Norman Grotz. Despite some strong winds the riders all reported having a great day out.

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