April 15th 2014
Ilkley CC youth riders Eleanor Hunt and Rebecca Ashelford finished first and third in last weekend’s BSCA Yorkshire Regional Roller Racing Championship at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford. Riding in the U11 Girls both Eleanor and Rebecca rode well over the three qualifying races and also took the Team Championship for their school, Ashlands Primary.
Ewan Farrow continues with his early season form by finishing on the podium in the clubs open 25mile time trial. This annual event is based just South of Boroughbridge and uses the old A1. A strong wind greeted the riders which made the going on the exposed course very difficult at times. Farrow was one of the early starters and with his time of 55:20 he led the field until the last few riders were on the course. Two of these later riders clock 54:20 and 54:21 to push Farrow back into third place. Katherine Church and John Rigby-Jones rode strongly on their new tandem recording 55-25 for a new PB. In the team competition Ilkley took third place behind the Yorkshire RC and Team Swift. Other Ilkley results were Doug Hart 6th (57:38), Dave Leckenby 21st (1:01:03), Ian Cliffe 23rd (1:01:27), Paul Di Mambro 31st (1:03:08), Jonathan Carpenter 45th (1:07:31), Chris Hills 49th (1:08:40), Mike Cooper 51st (1:09:53), Andrew Whiteside 52nd (1:10:05), Andy Bewell 58th (1:12:35), Tim Dryden 60th (1:17:10) and Shaunna Burke 3rd lady (1:20:49)
On Saturday Ged Millward took 6th place in the Ravensthorpe CC Open 10mile time trial in a time of 23:27, Team Swift rider Simon Beldon was fastest on the day in a time of 21:23.
Ilkley CC rider Ewan Farrow produce his best road race performance last Sunday by winning the Nidderdale Classic Road Race. The forty five mile race was based around the tough Darley circuit which is known for its severe climbs and technical descents. Supported by a strong Ilkley team of Ben Hallworth, Rob Ormrod and Tom Andrews Farrow made his move very early in the race. After only around ten miles covered he attacked on one of the climbs, only one rider could follow the move but after a further ten miles Farrow had powered away on his own. A small chasing group established soon after with Hallworth covering this group, meanwhile Ormrod and Andrews policed the remains of the bunch. Despite the chasing groups effort Farrow rode strongly in the difficult conditions and had a good lead when taking the bell for the last lap. During the last lap the chasers closed the gap but Farrow was never in danger of losing his lead and took his first road race win in fine style. Hallworth sprinted in to take third, just being piped on the line for second. Ormrod and Andrews both finished strongly in the bunch.
Nina Benson made it a double winning weekend for Ilkley by leading the Ladies category at the Circuit of Dales Classic Hilly time trial. Riders completed a fifty mile loop starting from Ingleton, down to Cantsfield and up the Lune Valley to Sedburgh. From there riders headed East over Garsdale Head to Hawes and then back over Newby Head to Ingleton. Benson, in her first racing season, moved up a gear from recent weeks to lead the ladies home in 2:46:56. Doug Hart took a fine 16th place in the overall standings in a time of 2:17:09, this follows some very solid rides by Hart in recent weeks. Dave Leckenby recorded 2:33:08 for 54th place overall.
Several other Ilkley riders were in action last weekend, Dave Kinloch competed in the latest round of the Rudy Project Nation Time Trials Series which was run over a twenty three mile circuit near Stratford. Kinloch clocked a very creditable time of 51:40 to take 6th place in the Vets standings, winning time was 49:45.
Ged Millward and Paul Di Mambro competed in the Yorkshire VTT 10 mile time trial near Hull on Saturday. For the second week in a row Di Mambro recorded a personal best when he finished in 22:34. Meanwhile Millward finished with a 21:19 in much windier conditions to the previous weekend.
The last two weeks have been very busy for the Ilkley Cycling Club riders with a wide age range competing in events. The youth riders retained the local ‘Ashes’ cup with a fine victory against Otley CC in last week’s Roller Racing Evening. Over thirty youth riders took part across the age groups from U7 to U16. Riders initially competing in a timed set distance scratch race, and then a number of handicapped races which depended on the scratch race results. Ilkley CC age group winners were Ollie Cliffe (U7) with 20.78sec, Eleanor Riley (U9) with 17.31sec and Eleanor Hunt (U11) with 15.31sec, all covering 250m. The distance was then increased to 500m for the U13 and older riders with Jonny Gill winning the U13 group in 25.61sec. In the handicapped races Freya Bishop (U13 girls) rode well to win both her races. Overall Ilkley CC beat Otley CC by a close margin to retain the interclub Youth Ashes Trophy. Also on the youth side Seb Cliffe took 5th place at the York Sports U10 circuit races last weekend.
On the time trial side Ilkley had a good representation in the YCF 10 mile hilly time trial on the Addingham / Bolton abbey course recently. Doug Hart rode well to 4th place overall in a time of 26:46. Other Ilkley times were Ian Cliffe (28:43), Paul Di Mambro (29:41), Giles Dumont (29:59), Leanne Farrow (31:37), Emily Hallworth (32:58) and Christine Tallent (39:06). Last weekend Ged Millward posted a very fast time of 20:58 in the Team Swift 10mile time trial time, conditions were favourable for the event which uses a mainly flat fast course near Hull. Paul Di Mambro had an excellent race and posted a personal best of 22:52 which was just off the pace of the other Ilkley competitor Richmond Denton who finished with a time of 21:25. Denton also took 5th place in the recent 21 mile Teesdale SPOCO hilly time trial in Cleveland.
Ilkley also had a good number of competitors in road races last weekend. Leanne Farrow had an excellent race in the fourth round of the CDNW Road Race League which was held on the tough Capenwray circuit in the Lune Valley. Farrow headed the Ilkley team with good support from Emily Hallworth, Nina Benson and Christine Tallent. Following a swift start to the race a small group of eleven riders, including Farrow, had a small advantage over the other racers. These riders kept the lead throughout the race and were all together as they approached the final mile long assent of Sunny Bank to the finish at the top. Farrow finished very strongly to take 4th place in her first road race. Benson finished in 13th place and Hallworth in 28th place.
The Seacroft Wheelers organised their annual road races near Selby last Sunday. In the morning the cat3&4 race ended in a mass bunch sprint with Ilkley’s Giles Dumont, Lee Morley and Ben Rickaby all finishing strongly in the bunch. In the afternoon the cat2/3 race produce an early move of five riders including Ilkley’s Ben Hallworth. This proved to be the race winning move as the group maintained an advantage of around thirty seconds on the bunch. Over the remaining fifty miles a few riders were dropped from the leading group and a few managed to bridge the gap such that a leading group of eight riders approach the final couple of miles together. In the sprint for the line Hallworth took a fine third place to continue his excellent start 2014.
Ilkley CC have had a good start to the racing season, last weekend the Women’s Racing team took part in the first 2014 CDNW Women’s Road Race around the Pimbo circuit in Skelmersdale. The team consisting of Emily Hallworth, Christine Tallent, Nina Benson and Helen Davies rode well and finished strongly in the full field of sixty riders. Since the success of the GB female riders at the 2012 Olympics there has been a big increase in the number of women racing with the Ilkley team growing and growing in numbers. The Pimbo race was the first road race for all four Ilkley riders and they are looking forward to riding more events through the summer.
Tom Andrews took 6th place in his first event of the season. Andrews rode the second round of the Highfield Kitchens Spring Series at the Middlesbrough closed circuit. A strong second half of the race saw Andrews take a fine sixth in the bunch sprint which was contesting the win. Seb Cliffe was in action last Saturday at the Yorkshire Youth Circuit Race at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre. Seb took a fine podium finish by taking third in the U10s race.
On the time trial scene, Dave Kinloch took 8th place in the early Circuit of Pendle early season classic. With much improved conditions from last year Kinloch finished in 58:17 and with good support from Doug Hart (58:47) and Ged Millward Ilkley CC took second place in the Team prize. Ilkley also had a team competing in the Hull Thursday RC 3-up team time trial, this long established event covers a very sporting twenty five miles and the team of Neil Rollins, Paul Di Mambro and Vineristi Denton recorded a time of 1-02-10 which placed them midway through the strong field.