Teen ace Ben shines in Paragon time trial

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The weather has been a troublesome factor in the latest cycling fixtures locally and regionally, with many fixtures being cancelled.

The adverse weather conditions have decimated fields of riders with non-starters and non-finishers due to freaky weather posing a hazard.

Scarborough Paragon managed to hold the Brompton to Seamer 10 miles time trial recently in reasonably good weather.

With a tailwind outward section, the most favourable situation, 16 riders faced new timekeeper Matt Purnell, who did a sterling job.

There were some great performances, but the one that stood out was 13-year-old Ben Sixsmith’s time of 25:45, his best time on local roads over the distance, and not far off his lifetime best at the faster Hull-based course used for open events.

Clearly in current good form, his performance was a solid back-up to his excellent five-mile result at Scalby the previous week.

Pete Connelly improved his time to an speedy time of 23:11 for first place. Mark Hepples was second with his best time for this course of 24:40.

Third place went to Chris Duck on 24:55, followed by Barrie Cappleman on 25:17 then juvenile Ben Sixsmith.

Voyin Maric reacquainted himself with racing to good effect, recording a decent time of 25:52.

Ian Dack, fresh back from holidays and a break from the bike and training, did well to finish with 27:34.

Dave Priestman also made a rare appearance to time in at 28:33. Regular veteran rider Jimmy Morrison did 28:39, closely followed by Mags Purnell who also improved her Brompton time to 28:55.

Keith Jamieson continued his battle back to fitness with a creditable result of 29:31.

Guest riders consisted of Mike Scott (Team Swift ) 24:11, a course PB. Then junior Lewis Scott (Team Swift) 24:19, Rob Powell (Malton Wheelers) 25:32, Pete Goodall (Cottingham Coureurs) 26:21 and Jane Hamp (Richardsons CC) improved to 29:19.

David Thompson earned himself another top 20 placing in the Team Swift 10 miles league near South Cave, his time of 20:34 consistent with his previous ones. Fellow veteran Tony Graves also managed an improved personal best of 23:20.

Brian Ward was the only Paragon finisher in the Yorkshire Road Club 25 miles promotion near Thirsk last Saturday in very tough conditions. He timed in at 1:12:33.

Mike Potter was also the only club representative in the Otley Cycling Club 50 miles event the following morning, his resulting time 2:11:21.

The second Scarborough Festival of Cycling is due to take place over the weekend of Friday July 13 to Sunday 15, with events taking place from Foreshore Road to Olivers Mount.

They include schools events, road racing, grass track, bmx, the Jimmy Savile Challenge Ride and Paragon’s free hill climb on a “Come & Try It” basis.