2005 Series News


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
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

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.

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 result here.

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 available.

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 120 points.

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. Points 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 list here.

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.

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