Elliott back to retain title

Edwyn Oliver-Evans. (S)
Edwyn Oliver-Evans. (S)

Round 16 of the Fulford Cycles TT league was the one-mile ascent of Norwood Edge from Lindley Reservoir.

Last year Nova’s Eoin Elliott came from nowhere to smash the Norwood Edge and Darley Head records. This year he made a surprise return after moving away for a new job and stunned again by producing exactly the same time as last year, a record equalling 5:28.

Eoin will now attempt to make his mark on a much bigger stage when, as an Irish passport holder, he contests the Irish National hill climb record. Second and slightly slower than last year was former record holder Paul Caswell in 6:00. Another story in the making was the 6:03 and first podium for school boy Edwyn Oliver-Evans, whose constant record breaking, including this week, belies his 15 years of age and could stand for years to come.

Duncan Mullier was fourth with 6:06 and only a win would have guaranteed him a second successive veterans’ title and league runner-up spot. But with Nigel Goscinski, a self-confessed non-climber who needed to win all three hill climbs to win the vets’ or two to draw, absent, it left Mullier just waiting for next week to be confirmed as the champ.

Fifth and in a new junior record time was Nova’s Will Staveley in 6:22 two seconds ahead of Gary Marks (6th), whose ten second victory over Rob Senior could well leave him above Senior at the end of the season.

In the ladies’ event, Corinne Mitchell took her first win of the season in 8:24.

Steve Smales of Boneshakers RT was in action at the Hartlepool promoted VTTA ten mile event. Starting as scratch rider the 42-year-old exploited the tough crosswind conditions to finish second overall in a time of 22:06. Mike Hudson of Harrogate Nova achieved a solid 24:40 minutes, to finish fourth in the handicap event. The event was won by Geoff Robinson, former national bronze medallist who beat Smales by two seconds in 22:04.

Not content with his impressive ride at Norwood Edge, Edwyn Oliver-Evans was also involved on the mountain bike scene. Fremington Edge XC concluded the Nutcracker mountain bike series for 2011.

Oliver-Evans finished second in the U-16s category and then took second in the third round of the Brownback’s mountain bike series a day later.

Next week Edwyn will be participating in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games, where he has been selected to represent Yorkshire, in the UK’s biggest multi-sport Youth event.