VC York Bulletin – 12th August 2017

Sorry for the lack of an update last week. Here's your bumper omnibus edition of the bulletin.

Recent Results and Upcoming Races

Tom Hick was in the Ard Rock Enduro last Saturday:

"What a event! It has grown to almost 3000 people taking part over the weekend in several different events. Saturday was the main race for me with 404 people in my class alone and 960 up for the male overall category. With that I mind I should be happy with my class result but after been in 3rd place for a couple hours and having to wait for the rest of the rides to come in with their time I ended up getting knocked down a place to 4th and 16th overall. My next race should be the Ard moors at the end of the month but I may do a bit of cross in between."

Jonny Apaloo finished off the NYERRL series in a great position in the overall series standings, both for him and the VC:

Brandsby was #8 in the league and the last in the series with FTR, Prologue and Valley Striders pulling out the big guns with FTR having 7 riders in the race. As I was laying 2nd in the league, all I had to do was beat Jimmy Parvin by 3 points... I say all, he's been one of the strongest and consistent riders all season so was never going to be easy.

As usual the race was a 30 mile club ride with a 1 mile hill climb to finish off... I was positioned reasonably well (somewhere between 10th and 15th) and thought I'd do my usual tactic on this circuit, until I realised it was the shortened version and didn't have he luxury of the flat recovery section. So there I was, heart rate maxed and not making quite enough progress to get past the riders in front and rolled in 11th. Slightly deflated but never mind. The 3rd placed rider in the league was well down on me so happy to claim the runner up spot. This also meant VC York claimed 3rd place in the team standings for the season. Hopefully someone younger and better can improve on that result for next season!

Chris Clark was in the MTB XC Marathon Nationals a couple of weekends ago. He finished 10th overall (5th Veteran).

Next up for Chris, next weekend, is Round 3 of the Alpine Cup, 125km Grand Raid BCVS. This race is part of the UCI MTB Marathon World Cup.

Pete Lambert will be racing next weekend in the Aggregate100, a 100km gravel enduro, run from Cropton Forest on the North York Moors. Places are still available, last I checked, so if anyone else fancies it, get involved.

Go well, everybody.

Yorkcross is coming

It's that time of year again when we start thinking about knobbly tyres ripping around the tracks and trails hidden in and around the city. Thursday night CX rides are almost upon us. Get your bike prepped and stay tuned for updates soon.