Lynney Biddulph opened up her season account on Easter Sunday at the Mid-Shropshire Wheelers promoted 25 mile TT event. Joined by her National Gold medal winning 24 hour teammate from 2012, John Cornfield both braved the strong winds and cold conditions to put in outstanding rides among good competition. John Cornfield (JC) took to the course and covered it in a very respectable time of 1:05:39 to finish in the top half of the field and left Lynney to led the way to victory in the ladies event by over 4 minutes to stop the clock at 1:04:38.
Meanwhile at the start of the bank holiday weekend on Good Friday, Ian Manders, Steve Biddulph and Sue Semple headed off ‘Up North’ to take part in the City RC Hull promoted 10 Mile TT event. Conditions were less than favorable for the morning and the riders faced a strong westerly head return for the 5.5 mile return leg. Sue produced an outstanding time of 22:25 for which that gained her an excellent 4th place in the ladies event only 18 seconds shy off first place. Shortly after Steve Biddulph crossed the line with a time of 21:05, not too shabby considering it was his 8th race in 7 days (including track league and a 2-day stage race)! Ian Manders however, stormed to a fantastic time of 20:20 which is his second fastest 10 time recorded! Well on track for bigger improvements as the season gets under way.
While all this was happening in the Midlands and ‘Up North’, Clare Campbell-Smith took part in the Hounslow & District Wheelers 25 Mile Club event over a very challenging hilly course. Clare’s previous best time for the course was 1:11:03 and this time out she knocked off a mere 4 minutes to finish with a short 1:07!
Overall a cracking weekend for the BtB racers with other team members cracking on with training, preparing for events and we even had Jasmijn riding to France!
Next event up on the calendar is the much anticipated VTTA (Midlands) 10 Mile Time Trial Championship on the K11/10T course near Coventry. The team will be well represented at this event and will see Libby & John McLaren alongside Bob Awcock attending their first races of the season. Also on attendance will be Steve Biddulph, Dave Pemberton and super speedy Sue Semple!
Watch this space for a preview of all the racing coming up this weekend.
As the TT season slowly starts to get underway, this weekend saw podium places for all the BtB riders that were in action!
Kicking off her season to a great start was Clare Campbell-Smith in the Farnborough & Camberly promoted Open 10 event on Saturday. In this tight fought battle of the ladies which saw the top 4 positions covered by 22 seconds it was Clare that managed to cover the H10/8 course in 24:38 and nipping second place by only 15 seconds to Katie Crowe.
Stafford Road Club hosted their annual club Hilly 23 around the challenging Blithfield Reservoir circuit (as used on last years CTT Classic Series) and smashing her first win of the year was Sue Semple with a time of 1:01:29 and closely followed by Nina Critchley who set a course best time of 1:02:45 to take first and second in the ladies event.
Not to be out done, Ian Manders raised to the challenge of keeping the men’s side up for an outstanding third place in the same event and covered the course in a very respectable 55:49.
Look out for the next pre-race report on the teams website!
Photograph kindly provide by Vanessa Royals & Stafford Road Club
As the season starts to get going (and hopefully the weather warms up too) this weekend see’s the BtB riders come out of hibernation and venture out in time trials and a crit!
First up, we wish Clare Campbell-Smith good luck when she rocks up for the Farnborough & Camberley CC 10 Mile Time Trial held on the fast Bentley course (H10/8) Saturday afternoon.
The next lot of riders then have to wait until Sunday to have their moment of glory where we will see Sue Semple kick off proceedings in the Stafford RC 23 mile Hilly Time Trial around Blithfield reservoir (K48/23). Off course with Stafford’s TT held on a ‘K’ course there will be a good offering of points up for grabs in the Midlands Time Trial League!
Meanwhile across the other side of the county, John Cornfield will be racing at the Mid Shropshire Wheelers Circuit races at Sundorne sports village where he will begin his bid to move up to a 3rd cat road racer.
For the rest of the team it will be the normal mix of turbo, rollers, weights, core, work, rest and maybe play while they wait for their season to kick start.
Stay tuned for more race reports and to hear how the team have got on.
The March winter weather didn’t stop Chris Melia at Sheffec’s 25 mile 2up Time Trial on Saturday from storming to victory in the ladies 2 up event with Alex Deck. The pair flew around the challenging course in a very respectable time of 01:02:59 to take victory as the all female team and leaving many all male teams in their wake!