VC York Weekly Bulletin - 11th April 2017

IN RECENT RACING:

Another great week for VC York riders and racers.

Chris Clark showed he's on great form and took his third win from three races at the Nutcracker XC round 2 at Gandale on Sunday. Chris is riding high in the national rankings after a great start to the season.

Pete Hook on the Ravensthorpe 10. Photo by Mark Smith.

Pete Hook on the Ravensthorpe 10. Photo by Mark Smith.

Pete Hook raced in the Ravensthorpe 10 mile TT on Saturday, recording a 22:56 to finish 12th overall. Great racing, Pete. (Photo by Mark Smith, Ravensthorpe CC). VC member, Phil Graves (NoPinz) took the win there with 19:59.

Jonny Apaloo had his first race of the season in the Keith Carter (not Harris) 3/4 Memorial Road Race on Sunday. In his own words:

Perfect weather, in fact felt like midsummer. Full field of starters. A couple of riders made early breaks but tired and were brought back in. As the race progressed the wind picked up and between the wind and the climb, the bunch shrunk, especially on laps 4, 5 and 6 where the attacks all happened at the climb. Lap 4 saw a group of us break away of around 10 riders and few more latched on so guessing around 20 riders which stuck together until the last lap.  The winner made a solo attack off the front with about 1/2 a lap to go and the rest of us chased down but the final climb saw the chasers get strung out and I think I rolled in around 15th ish. Overall I felt pretty strong, although the attacks on the climb took their toll so I didn’t really have much left in the tank!
Some of the VC York riders at Scotton. Photo by Lucy Hudson

Some of the VC York riders at Scotton. Photo by Lucy Hudson

A host of other VC York riders (photo above, by Lucy Hudson) descended on Stavely on Sunday for the Scotton 100. An unseasonably warm day after a couple of dry weeks made for a very fast and rocky course. Punctures were plentiful with Nigel, Hutch and Pete Hook all having to abandon after running out of tubes. Pete Lambert had to abandon just 3 miles from the finish after losing his rear derailleur to a stray bramble. 

The Scotton 100 was won by friend of the club, Andy Windrum (York Cycleworks) in a time of 3:01:45. Rob Pape and Mark Pearson came in 7th and 8th respectively. Andrew Johnson finished just outside the top 20.

Photos of the Scotton 100 are available to buy from Craig Zad, here: http://www.craigzadphotos.co.uk/scotton-100

 

COMING UP:

Jonny, Nikul and Pete Hook have had their entry to the Ilkley 2-day accepted. 

Pete Hook is entered for a 25mile TT on Sunday 23rd April (entries close 11th April) on the old A1 course near Boroughbridge.

Tim Jackson is down as a reserve for the Milltag Spring RR 2/3/4 at Saxton and is hoping to get a ride.

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Chaingangs continue as normal on Tuesday and Thursday. Meet at 6pm at the deliveries entrance to B&Q on Osbaldwick Link Road.

Make sure you're in the correct group for your ability so you and everybody else can get the best training session. Keep it smooth, call out potholes and cars, be very careful at junctions and speak to eachother throughout. If somebody is surging, let them know, and if somebody tells you you're doing something wrong, it's not personal and it's for the good of the group.

Above all, obviously, stay safe and have a good ride.

Keep the race updates coming. Good luck in your upcoming races and stay safe on the roads.