Heroic effort sees Caswell clinch Darley Head race

Time Trial winner Paul Caswell. (S)
Time Trial winner Paul Caswell. (S)

Round 17 of the Fulford Cycles Time Trial League was a one mile ascent of Darley Head and 23 riders faced the challenge.

This event has seen some close battles in the past, with a tie in 2007.

This year the scrap was going to be hard to call between Nova’s Paul Caswell, Simon Ketteringham and Duncan Mullier, with school-boy Edwyn Oliver-Evans the dark horse.

The conditions were worse than last year, with a head wind. Mullier though went early putting in a stunning time of 4:46, just one second outside of the veterans’ record that he equalled the previous year.

Mullier was the minute man of Oliver-Evans who gave it everything to break his own school-boy record, dipping under the magic five minutes mark with 4:55.

Next up was Ketteringham. At the steep bend both riders clocked exactly the same time and Ketteringham gained an advantage of 3.5 seconds by the end of the steepest pitch only to lose a massive 8.5 seconds to finish in 4:51.

Last man off was Caswell who lost 7.5 seconds to Mullier on the final sprint-climb to the finish from the steep bend.

But he put a herculean effort in over the steep section to go 8.5 seconds up and win in a time of 4:45 by a single second, pushing Mullier to second and Ketteringham to third.

The win leapfrogged Caswell over the injured Dave Morris into equal fourth place in the league table with Ketteringham.

The next finisher was Junior Will Staveley in 5:08 ahead of Rob Senior in 6th (5:12). Jonty Bright (5:26) was seventh and Tim Jarvis (5:43), Richard Timms (5:50) and super vet Goeff Morgan (6:06) completed the top ten.

The ladies race saw the first defeat of the season for 2010 and 2011 Ladies’ Champion Joanne Ketteringham, on the wrong side of five seconds to Corinne Mitchell.

Corinne finished in 6:29 and Joanne in 6:34.

The final event of the 2011 League season is the four-mile climb from Lofthouse to Scarhouse Dam.

Full results on www.harrogatenova.com.