16th October 2005 - Final Points Tables
There were just a couple of changes to the minor placings for the awards after
the dust settled from the battle on Burrington this morning while one or two
riders will be wishing they had ridden as potential victories went unclaimed.
You've got to be in it to win it! In the overall, Gloucester's Ian Humble
made sure he wouldn't have to share seventh senior placing after gaining an
extra few points on Burrington but the top seven were otherwise unchanged.
There was no change in the V4 category with Clevedon's Pete Wheddon taking
victory. Dursley's Tony Emery secured third place but Gloucester's Derek Dowdeswell
took the victory. No change again in either the V6 category of the ladies
despite the potential for a change in winner. Tom Ryan of Bath CC and Christine
Colquhoun from Gloucester City riding out as winners. Sodbury CS rider Davis
Curtis-Whitfield did enough to take lead in the under 18's but to no avail
as he failed to complete six events.
Dursley RC again took the team win with their 'B' squad in sixth place. Clevedon
& Dist. RC were best of the rest just seven points ahead of Gloucester
City while fifth place went to Bristol South CC. Tables here.
16th October 2005 - Bristol South Hill Climb Result
in 2004 Danny Axford (Arctic Shorter Rochford RT) had to concede defeat this
year to Richard Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy CT) who's 7:06.83 was enough to give
him victory by four seconds. The only other man under the eight minute barrier
was James Dobbins (Artic Shorter Rochford RT) with a 7:21.84. Severn RC rider
Neil Blessitt sneaked fourth place by a mere five hundredths of a second from
Pete Wheddon (Clevedon & District RC), and with it the V4 prize, with his
8:02.43 to Wheddon's 8:02.48.
55 of the 62 rider field made it to the top of the two mile climb of Burrington
Combe climb this morning in varying degrees of 'comfort'. After winning the
event in the previous two years and setting the course record of 7:02.43
Severn RC took a hat trick of team wins over the past three years with Neil
Blessitt leading home Matt Lelliott (8:06.31) and Steve Melhuish (9:11:65)
with a combined time of 25:20.39 to take the honours from Bristol South by
seven seconds. With Blessitt taking the V4, the V5 was won by visiting rider
David Francis of Camel Valley with Severn's Bernie Brown taking the V6
prize with V7 rider Brian Barraclough hot on his heals. Another visiting rider
in the form of Oxford Uni CC rider Lesley Parry-Jones took the ladies
prize while David Curtis Whitfield (Sodbury CS) repeated his 2004 win in the
junior category shaving a further 24 seconds from his time with 8:57.29. Full
4th October 2005 - Points update
Despite there still being one event still to go in this year's series Cavalier
CC rider David Kiddell is confirmed as overall winner for the first time after
a very successful series which included his maiden victory in a counting event.
There is still scope for a change or two in the top 10 so the final trophy
winners are yet to be set in stone (or engraved on a plaque to be more accurate).
While it looks like the winners of both the V4 and V5 categories have been
confirmed there is just a single point separating the top two in the V6 category
so all to ride for there. Both the women's and junior's trophies are yet to
be confirmed and depend mostly on riders taking to Burrington to get the required
six rides in. Clevedon & District have leapt from 4th to 2nd in the team
competition thanks to Pete Wheddon banking his sixth event at the weekend
but it looks as if Dursley will retain their vice like grip on the team competition
with the rest of the top six looking fairly stable.
See you on Burrington! Full points here.
4th October 2005 - Gloucester City 25 Result
Full result of the
penultimate event here.
24th September 2005 - Gillingham Hilly Result
Full result and updated
points tables are now
10th July 2005 - WTTA Sporting 23 Result
Last year's winner Graeme Lackford was relegated to fifth place this year
despite improving on his course record winning time of 55:27. In warm sunny
conditions with a rising breeze assisting riders on the home leg it was Pete
Wheddon of Clevedon & Dist. RC who took the victory with a 53:11 to give
him a comfortable verdict of 39 seconds over Lee Davis (Bournemouth Arrow).
Third place was taken by Series leader David Kiddell (Cavalier) in the first
of three 54 minute rides. Defending series champion Richard Marsh of Somer
Valley CC placed fourth despite being below par and must now finish no worse
than second in a further two event to stand any chance of retaining his title.
Gloucester City CC won the team with twins George and Ed Unsworth joined
by Vet's 50-59 winner Derek Dowdeswell to give them a margin of just under
a minute on the Dursley boys. Pete Wheddon took the V4 spoils while Bath CC
rider Tom Ryan took the V6+ award. Neither of the lady or junior riders took
the start. Full result here.
Updated points here.
2nd July 2005 - WTTA Sporting 23
The start list for round nine of the series can now be found here.
A good field of 48 riders including current series leader David Kiddell (Cavalier
CC) and defending series and event champions, Richard Marsh (Somer Valley
CC) and Graeme Lackford (CycleEurope-Bianchi). Scratch rider though will be
Lackford's team mate Neil Coleman.
29th May 2005 - Uploaded!
Whoops! Having sorted the provisional result out and updated the points after
the event I somehow managed not to upload the pages!! So here at last is the
provisional result and
updated points tables
following the Somer Valley hilly on the 15th May.
2nd May 2005 - Cheltenham Result
Taking the win this morning from the scratch position was Peter Kench of Liphook
Cycles RT with an impressive 57:39, his best on the course by more than two
minutes. This improvement ensured he took the win with 1:21 to spare over
runner up Nigel Polkinghorne of Exeter Wheelers CC and his 58:58. Third place
went to occasional tester George Richardson of Ritchey / Cycleops with a 59:29
while the fourth and final rider under the hour was Scott Rose of Science
in Sport.com with a 59:43. In fifth place and first eligible rider was the
improving Neil Dimon of Dursley RC whose 1:00:04 saw him take the maximum
Pete Wheddon of Clevedon & District RC continued his comeback with a
1:00:37 to take the V4 award while Gloucester City man Derek Dowdeswell was
again best of the V5 crop with a 1:09:47. Proving himself to be on another
level John Woodburn was fastest by some eight minutes in the V6+ category
with a 1:05:41. Dursley RC were perhaps predictably best team with Dimon joined
by Dave Rudland - 1:01:51, and Derek Smetham - 1:02:31 for a combined time
of 3:04:26. Fastest junior was David Kingsbury of www.agiskoviner.com with
an excellent 1:02:47 for tenth place while Ann Wooldridge (Walsall Roads Club)
successfully saw off her challengers with a 1:15:07 despite recording a 1:00:02
'25'' yesterday. Provisional result here.
28th April 2005 - Cheltenham Start list
There will be points aplenty for this seventh round of the series as 26 of
the 60 riders entered for the event are ineligible for points. Full start
24th April 2005 - Trowbridge Result
Cavalier CC rider David Kiddell took his first ever outright win in a Hardrider
event this morning as he capitalised on his excellent form to record a time
of 58:28. Victory was all the more sweet for Kiddell as his main rival for
the overall series, Dave Rudland (Dursley RC), was pushed back into third
by a single second as club mate Neil Dimon took second with a time of 58:41
to Rudland's 58:42. Fourth went to Clevedon rider Pete Wheddon as he continued
his comeback from injury with a time of 59:19 to edge out fellow V4 Dave Keene
(Bristol South CC) and his 59:25.
Wheddon was fastest of the V4 riders while Gloucester City's Derek Dowdeswell
was best V5 with 1:06:46 and Bath CC's Tom Ryan lead home the V6+ riders with
a 1:08:48. International Triathlete Julie Dibens was head and shoulders above
the other ladies with a very impressive time of 1:02:27 while Daniel Higgs
was fastest under 18 with a 1:11:12. Not surprisingly with two riders in the
top three Dursley RC took yet another team win with Derek Smetham joining
Dimon and Rudland for a combined time of 2:59:42. Full provisional result
here. Points here.
21st April 2005 - Trowbridge Start list
Trowbridge start list can now be found here.
17th April 2005 - Dursley Result
With Severn event winner Rob Wood a non starter this morning Nik Gardiner
(Timetrial.co.uk RT) proved to be a clear and convincing winner of what is
regarded as the hardest of all the events in the series. Gardiner returned
to the timekeeper in 1:05:01 giving him a victory margin over Rob Lyne (CS
Bristol) of 1:39. Lyne had just 13 seconds to spare over David Kiddell (Cavalier
CC) who's 1:06:53 saw him dish out his second beating of nemesis Dave Rudland
(Dursley RC) in as many counting events. Kiddell's beating of Rudland means
he now leads the series on his own ahead of Rudland. Rounding out the top
five was another visiting rider in the form of Gavin Poupart of Worcester
St. Johns with a 1:07:44.
Fastest of the V4's was Pete Wheddon (Clevedon & District) in his first
event of the 2005 series with a 1:09:38. Fastest V5 was Michael Murkin
of Swindon RC with 1:21:27 while Gloucester City's John Murphy was best of
the V6 riders in 1:24:24. Avon & Somerset Police TRi club rider Kirsti
Robertson was again the best lady rider in 1:18:02 while Defending junior
champion David Curtis-Whitfield was best under 18 with 1:16:08. No surprise
that Dursley trio Rudland, Neil Dimon and Derek Smetham were team winners
with a combined time of 3:25:32 but it is good to see the Gloucester City
pushing them hard. Full result here.
Updated points here.
14th April 2005 - Dursley Start List
The start list for the Dursley Hilly can now be found here.
7th April 2005 - Catch up
Result for the WTTA Hilly can now be found here.
Another fine win for Richard Marsh. Final results have now been received for
the first three events and the March 31st Affiliation cut off has passed so
the first reliable points tables can now be found here
for all categories including an intriguing team race.
27th March 2005 - WTTA Start list
Start list here for
the next event - the WTTA Spring Hilly.
27th March 2005 - Severn Result
Luk Racing.net rider Rob Wood put in a storming performance to win the Severn
event by over a minute in its first running on the U610 course. Wood covered
the undulating 23 mile course in just 52:40 to slice more than two and a half
minutes off Graeme Lackfords old course record. It was not only Wood who bettered
the old record as the top five all got inside the previous best of 55:27.
Runner up was Nik Gardiner (timetrial.co.uk RT) with 53:53 while the promoting
club took third spot on the podium with Matt Lelliott in a time of 54:59.
Having been inseparable in the Chippenham event after starting a minute apart,
this time there was just a single second between Dave Rudland (Dursley RC)
and David Kiddell (Cavalier CC) - 55:18 to 55:19 - with them having again
started the same minute apart.
Fastest V4 was the Severn's Alan Griffiths with a time of 55:57 while Gloucester
City CC pairing of Derek Dowdeswell and John Murphy took the V5 and V6 prizes
respectively. Fastest lady was Kirsti Robertson (Avon & Somerset Police
Tri) with a 1:06:09. Fastest team after their surprise defeat last week were
the Dursley RC with Rudland joined by Neil Dimon (56:33) and Derek Smetham
(57:58) for a combined time of 2:49:49. Full provisional Result here.
Provisional points here.
The first official points tables will be posted after the WTTA event.
21st March 2005 - Severn Start Sheet
The Severn event has finally succumbed to the encroaching traffic lights and
has had to be relocated to the U601
course based at Marshfield (as used by the WTTA event in July). This course
is more rolling than hilly but should it be a windy day then the road between
Acton Turville and Tormarton can be a real test. A good quality field if smaller
than recent years will line up on Sunday for the third round of the series.
Names to watch include Bath Hilly top three Richard Marsh, Dave Rudland and
David Kiddell and scratch man Nik Gardiner (Timetrial.co.uk). After a surprise
defeat in the Bath event at the hands of Somer Valley CC, Dursley RC are a
pretty safe bet for the team win. Start list here.
20th March 2005 - Bath Hilly Result
Defending series champ Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) took a solid win this
morning in his first Hardrider event of the season. Marsh clocked 1:11:02
to win by a clear 70 seconds from Dave Rudland (Dursley RC) who continued
his highly impressive start to the season with a 1:12:12. An indication of
Rudland's significant improvement this season is that Marsh was 10 seconds
slower than a year ago while Rudland was more than five minutes quicker. Having
tied for second place with Rudland in the Chippenham event this time David
Kiddell (Cavalier CC) came home with a 1:12:50 for third which was almost
a three minute improvement for him. Former event winner Rob Lyne was fourth
with a 1:13:14 giving him almost a minute over Chris Absolom of Yeovil CC
whose 1:14:05 placed him fifth and best V4 by almost five minutes.
Fastest V5 was Grahame Reed of Gillingham & District with a time of 1:28:18
while Tom Ryan of the promoting Bath CC was best of the V6 plus riders with
a time of 1:24:48. Leading home another good entry of lady riders was Kirsti
Robertson (Avon & Somerset Police Tri) with a very creditable 1:25:06
giving her more than two minutes over Judith Priest (Bristol South CC). Last
year's under 18 champ David Curtis-Whitfield beat Daniel Higgs to the best
junior rider prize with a 1:32:05. A bit of a surprise in the team competition
saw the mighty Dursley beaten by Somer Valley CC with Marsh being joined by
Vince Smith (1:16:01) and Jim Avens (1:17:00) for a combined time of 3:44:03,
giving them a victory margin of 70 seconds. Full Provisional result here.
Points here (solo only
until affiliations are confirmed on 31st March).
13th March 2005 - Bath Start Sheet
The start list for the second round of the series can now be found here.
An interesting line up for this event includes defending series and event
winner Richard Marsh of Somer Valley CC. Also lining up will be joint runners
up in the Chippenham event Dave Rudland (Dursley RC) and David Kiddell (Cavalier
CC) as well as 2001 event winner Rob Lyne of CS Bristol. Dursley RC look set
to take another team win although Gloucester City have a good line up which
should make the chase interesting.
6th March 2005 - Chippenham Result
Stourbridge CC rider Gavin Pardoe put well over a minute into the field to
repeat his 2002 event win on a cold but bright morning. Top seed pardoe covered
the 24 miles in a time of 58:07 which was approaching three minutes slower
than Paul Pickup's winning time from a year ago, underlining the difficult
conditions this year. Having started a minute apart David Kiddell (Cavalier
CC) and Dave Rudland (Dursley RC) finished with exactly the same time of 59:41
to preserve that minute difference on the road, a significant improvement
for both men from 12 months ago. VC St Raphael's Jason Streather fell just
one second short of making it a three way tie for second with his 59:42 making
him the only other rider to dip under the hour. Gary Fouracres (Team TGD)
made a worthwhile trip up from Devon to take fifth spot and first V4 with
a time of 1:01:07.
Fastest V5 was defending series V5 champ Roger Barnes of Dursley RC with
a time of 1:03:57 while John Woodburn, a familiar name to many, of Maidenhead
& District RC was best of the V6 plus riders with a time of 1:04:20. Raleigh
- ERV rider Brenda Pennell lead home a welcome crop of six ladies in a time
of 1:07:03 while Daniel Higgs (www.agiskoviner.com) was best junior with 1:08:29.
Defending team champions Dursley RC picked up where they left off last year
with a comfortable team win with Dave Rudland backed up by Steve Best and
Derek Smetham for a combined time of 3:03:28, almost four minutes quicker
than last year. Full provisional result here.
Very provisional solo points table here.
2nd March 2005 - Chippenham Start list
It's that time of year again! The start list for this coming Sunday's opening
round of the 2005 series can be found here.
A reminder too that the 2004 prize presentation will take place directly
after this event at the Sutton Benger village hall (the event HQ). If you
are an award winner please do try to come along to collect your award or have
a club mate pick it up on your behalf. I still have five awards from last
year awaiting collection which I will bring along with me.
6th February 2005 - WTTA AGM
A motion put forward at the WTTA AGM to alter the way points are applied in
the Hardriders competition was voted in at the Association's AGM in January.
Consequently, on a trial basis for the 2005 season, riders who are not members
of WTTA affiliated clubs or that do not hold Private Membership of the Association
will be ignored for the purposes of awarding points for each event. This means
that the it will be the first eligible rider in any event who will score 120
points regardless of his actual finishing position in the event.
As an example the first eligible rider may come 2nd and the next eligible
rider may come 7th. Under the previous points method those riders would score
119 and 114 respectively but now they would score 120 and 119 respectively.
As those eligible to score points in the first three events will not be confirmed
until March 31st (the cut off for subscriptions to be paid for those rides
in March to count) the first points tables will not be produced until then.
29th December 2004 - Updates
A list of 2005 events can now be found by clicking here.