‘Hilly 24’ Time Trial – Report of a Successful Event

  • – took place on Sunday 24th March 2019.
  • David Durose writes of the event seeking local press coverage –
  • For the second time in two years the Wessex Road Club promoted the first of the six National Sigma Sports Classic Series Time Trials on roads between Wimborne and Blandford. In near ideal weather conditions 73 riders from all over the country competed with each other in five categories. The start was delayed by police because of an unrelated traffic incident on the course so the riders had to deal with heavier motor traffic conditions than expected. Even so, the course record was broken by the overall winner, Espoirs (18 – 21 yrs.), Adam Wild of GS. Metro Northumbria, in 49m. 44s. (28.9 mph.), beating Phil Williams of Liverpool Phoenix by 2 secs. Jonathan Gates of the RAF.CA. Oxfordshire, won the Veterans (40+ yrs.) category in 51m. 44s. and John Chapman, C.C.Weymouth, finished in 18th place overall, in 1h. 00m. 12s. The fastest of the 18 women riders was Kelly Murphy, of Storey Racing, in a time of 58m. 04s., with her club colleague, Caitlin Peters the fastest female Junior (16 – 18yrs.), in 1h. 00m. 22s. Fabien Large of the NOPINZ club, won the male Junior category, in 54m. 38s. And 53 year old Graeme Church, of Team Milton Keynes, was the only Paracyclist competing, finishing in a time of 1h. 26m. 40s.
    Each winner earned top points, to be carried forward to the remaining five Sigma Series events, to be held about the country, ending in September. They also had a cash award of £25 from the Wessex R.C.
    At the end of the event refreshments of tea, coffee and home-made cakes were served in the Allendale Centre, Wimborne, by the wives of the club’s members, many of whom were out marshalling the road junctions about the course..
    The Wessex R.C. are promoting their annual Open 50 mile time trial on 26th May, combined with the CTT. South DA. Championship, details of which can be found on the CTT. Events web site. New members of the club would be most welcome, especially anyone wishing to form a racing team. See www.Wessex Road Club’.