ROUND 14 of the Fulford Cycles Time Trial League was a second visit to the ten mile out and back along the A168 between Arkendale and Walshford.
The day had been hot but the wind was picking up and the 31 riders were treated to a pre-race shower whilst warming up.
With the League title and Ladies’ titles already sorted out, in favour of Ian Fairweather and Joanne Ketteringham, eyes were on the veterans’ title which will also be the league runner up.
Yorkshire Velo’s Nigel Goscinski had held top spot since event one but had found himself trailing for the first time after finishing behind 2010 Vet Champion Duncan Mullier of Nova three times in a row.
With only two longer, flatter events left before the three short hill climbs it was imperative for Goscinski to regain the initiative before the hill specialists took over. However, it was in form Mullier who, shattering his own personal best, won in a new vets’ record time of 22:34 (26.6 mph), ten seconds ahead of Goscinski in second and making himself favourite to regain the title with one more flat event to go.
Nova’s Simon Ketteringham, gaining some late season form, came home in third with a personal best time of 23:20 seventeen seconds ahead of teammate and ex-vets’ champion Simon Hudson.
In fifth came Chris Mawer in 23:45, just two seconds ahead of Alisdair Mitchell and completing the 25 mph+ riders. Just sixteen seconds separated the next five riders with TT rookie Mike Worden of Nova (24:02) in seventh, eighth Rob Senior (24:06) and ninth Gary Marks (24:10).
In tenth was Nova’s Tony Kent, returning having missed a large chunk of the season with a broken collar bone, keeping his hopes of winning the super vets’ title alive by pipping super vet rival, Mike Shacklock of Yorkshire Road Club by a slender three seconds.
Tommy Buckle of Nova won the Clark Cup for the fastest Juvenile with a time of 29:48.
Joanne Ketteringham remained unbeaten in the ladies’ competition by winning in a time of 26:58 but she may have real competition next season as team-mate Corinne Mitchell was only a single second behind.
Alison Sarmiento finished in third in 29:09.
The following weekend Ian Fairweather of Yorkshire Road Club competed in the Pennine 50 mile TT on the A19 between Dishforth and Northallerton.
Despite strong winds Fairweather managed to finish in 1:52:56 in third place, just nine seconds off second place. The next Fulford Cycles Event is the nine mile Ripley-Markington Circuit and following that Ian Fairweather, Nigel Goscinski, Duncan Mullier and Ian Peacock will compete in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 100 mile TT.
Last week saw the last of the Yorkshire Summer Closed Circuit Series at Tockwith Autodrome with Paul Lehan from Harrogate Nova racing in five of the six events. In his first 3 races, he contested all the mid race sprints and overall finishes, always just outside the points, but in race 4 he finally broke into the top 10 with ninth and then in the last race, won the mid race prime and came in fourth overall, his best result this year! His next race being the fast and technical York City Centre race on August 21.