Paragon trio lead the way in Federation test

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Yorkshire Cycling Federation’s race three of the season-long series was held in warm but extremely windy conditions between Kirby Hill and Thirsk on Saturday.

Six Scarborough Paragon riders were out in force gaining valuable points in the YCF Points Championship. Despite the tough conditions, Mike Scott, Lewis Scott and Matt Purnell managed personal best times all round, and scored a brilliant 1-2-3 in the Handicap prize section.

Out of a field of 100 riders, Mike Scott did 1:04:29, an improvement of 71 seconds to gain first handicap place, 15-year- old Lewis Scott did 1:05:35 for second place handicap and first juvenile and Matt Purnell third handicap with 1:00:37. David Thompson gained eighth place overall on actual fastest with 56:34, Mick Storey 58:25 and Mike Potter 1:01:47.

The Yorkshire Velo club promoted a Yorkshire Time Trial Championship on Bank Holiday Monday near Boroughbridge.

Paragon had a good representation of nine competitors in the various categories.

The conditions were bright, dry and sunny with a cool easterly wind earlier on.

First up on the stage podium for the prize presentation was Brian Ward, who gained a bronze medal in the veteran 70+ category, with his time of 28:33. Mick Storey excelled himself to win the gold, and became the Yorkshire Time Trial Champion for the 60+ category with a great ride of 22:59.

Lewis Scott also rose to the occasion with a golden performance of 24:41, now adding the title of Juvenile Yorkshire Time Trial Champion to his list of successes.

Matthew Graves joined him on the rostrum in bronze medal position with a fantastic personal best time of 28:26.

Michael and James Thompson backed up the juvenile team and made a sterling effort, recording personal bests of 33:20 and 34:03 respectively.

Tony Graves also achieved a personal best time with 29:17, Matt Purnell did a great ride of 23:56 and Mike Scott 25:40.

All in all, not a bad day’s work; two champions, four medallists and four PBs.

Second-claim Paragon member Chris Goode rode a tandem with Andy Fisher (National Clarion CC) in the Mike Dixie Memorial 10-mile time-trial near Hull, also on Bank Holiday Monday, and were placed second, in a very rapid time of 19:51.

The winners were Jerry Cross and Scott Burns (Manchester Wheelers) in an excellent time of 18:48 seconds on a day of strong winds.

Paragon will soon be holding the first of its Come & Try It five-mile time-trial series at Scalby, on Thursday May 19.

Meet at the Rugby Club car park from 6.15pm, all details are on the website www.spcc.org.uk and enquiries to Elaine Ward, General Secretary.

The series is aimed at novices and under-18s who want to have a go at a short distance time trial. Free membership is on offer for the riders during this series, however written parental consent and the wearing of a hard shell cycle helmet will be required for the juniors.

Spare helmets may be available for those who are without.

Medals, trophies and other prizes will be on offer for the juniors.