Trophy time for top club riders

DOUBLE DELIGHT ... Callum Norris congratulated by Lorraine Naylor, left, and Jackie Hough, righ
DOUBLE DELIGHT ... Callum Norris congratulated by Lorraine Naylor, left, and Jackie Hough, righ

Richardsons Cycle Club packed out the Blue Crush Bar on Scarborough’s North Bay for their annual dinner and award ceremony.

The club is only three years old but already has over 120 members, and 68 of them – a mix of mountain bikers and road cyclists - came together for a night of fine food, music, and prize giving.

Local band The East Coast Vagabonds kept everyone entertained between the awards, raffle, and quiz, and had a great foot-stomping set to finish the night.

Before that there were awards for a wide range of categories: fastest, most improved, youth, women, and for services to the club.

Fifty-two-year-old Chris Cummins showed that age is no barrier to being a mountain biker by picking up the Grange Trophy for the most improved adult rider.

Steve Hopper, who was unable to attend as he was mountain biking in Borneo, won the Most Successful Club Member award, largely for his excellent result in finishing the Kielder 100, an event that saw the vast majority of competitors abandon part way.

Callum Norris, who also picked up a couple of trophies in the season’s time trial events, won the Everingham Trophy for most successful youth rider.

Ali Chalmers, who makes the pace for the fast riders on club mountain bike rides, was named most improved youth rider.

Toby Boyes won The Boyes Award for services to the club.

Matthew Enticknap was the club’s Time Trial Champion for 2011, while Tim Watts won the Most Improved Rider in the time trial series, consistently going faster as the year progressed.

Lorraine Naylor was Best Female Rider, Callum Norris was Best Youth Rider and Mark Grange was the Best Rider on Handicap and was also the fastest rider up Bartindale Hill.

Many other club members picked up runner-up prizes.

Blue Crush provided excellent food. while Debbie Richardson compered the awards and provided the quiz, and Jackie Hough put in lots of hard work to organise the event and make it such a success.