Veteran Galway sets the pace at Paragon’s hilly Forge Valley race

Scarborough Paragon medal winners from the Come & Try It event are, from left Ben Sixsmith (gold) and Cavan Walker (silver)
Scarborough Paragon medal winners from the Come & Try It event are, from left Ben Sixsmith (gold) and Cavan Walker (silver)

A revised course had to be utilised due to traffic lights in Forge Valley for Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club’s hilly 17-miles circuit races.

There was a good attendance of 14 riders for this testing route, taking in Hackness, the climbs through Troutsdale, then into a headwind back from Snainton, thanks to a cool easterly wind.

The course was approximately a quarter of a mile short, so unfortunately Ben Sixsmith’s excellent ride of 50:30 could not be counted as a club juvenile course record.

Fastest of the field was veteran John Galway with 46:12, then Matt Purnell 46:55 and Steve Dodds with a super effort of 49:26 to come third in his comeback year. Chris Duck recorded 51:49,

Ian Dack was happy with 52:34, another equivalent personal best, Mike Potter 54:11, Paul Creaser 54:24 in his first attempt at this course and Jimmy Morrison 58:38.

Richard Sixsmith did well with his result of 1:00:05, as did Brian Wallace 1:03:57.

Guest rider Juan Jose Rodriguez had the fourth best time of 49:32 and fellow guest Paul Mace lost some time going off course but still managed a decent time of 50:15.

The second event in the Come & Try It five-mile time trial series was held in what can only be described as wintry conditions.

There was a cool northerly wind blowing on a rather murky evening and it was remarkable that 14 riders still turned up to have a go.

The help of those members who turned out was very much appreciated in order to marshal the route effectively.

There were still seven personal best times posted compared to the first event a fortnight earlier, including the super-keen eight-year-old Josh Mitchell stoking the tandem again with Karl Williamson to 15:31.

Ben Sixsmith again produced the best time on the night, improving narrowly to 12:37, followed by Louise Scupham 13:32, just the wrong side of an improvement (two seconds).

Third fastest was Callum Norris 13:41 (PB), then impressive riding from 12-year-old Cavan Walker 14:32 (PB) again updated the course record for that age.

Callum Ramsay also updated his best time to 14:47, James Thompson was next with 15:33, Jonty Holloway 19:52 (PB), Christian Jowett 24:55 (PB) and William Hill 26:35.

Andrew Hume returned to the series, but as a junior (16), so doesn’t qualify for the juvenile points, but nonetheless stopped the watch at 16:08.

It was good to see adult novice Alex Jowett completing the course in 19:12 and supporting his son. Jim Morrison had a guest ride, 15:20.

The points awards calculated that the gold medal went to Ben Sixsmith (age 14) with 16 points; the silver medal to Cavan Walker (age 12) 15 points and bronze medal to Louise Scupham (age 15) 13 points.

Callum Norris also got 13 points but in the event of a tie, the medal goes to the rider with the fastest time in the event.

Saturday afternoon saw the City RC (Hull) 10-mile time trial promotion held at South Cave.

It was a warm, dry day with very light winds.

David Thompson was the best Paragon rider with 13th place overall with his speedy time of 20:26 (29.4mph).

Fellow veteran Mick Storey did 22:22 (26.8mph) and Robert Grainger produced a fantastic personal best time of 22:58 (26.1mph).

Mike Potter and Brian Ward were the other Paragon competitors, finishing with 23.02 (26mph) and 25:32 (23.5mph) respectively.

Bridlington Cycling Club held their 25-mile open time trial promotion from Carnaby to Leven and back early on Sunday morning.

This course gives nothing away, and the rough surface makes it a real challenge.

Nevertheless juvenile Louise Scupham put the exercise to good use, training for next weekend’s big event in Lincolnshire, the National 25- miles championship, in which she is defending champion in the junior girls category.

Louise was the fastest lady in a time of 1:08:54