Fairweather beats fatigue to earn win in Arkendale race

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Event 10 of the Fulford Cycles Time Trial League was a tough 16 mile circuit of Arkendale Lane to the A59 to Green Hammerton to Boroughbridge and back.

This technical circuit has long straights, rolling hills and a steady climb to the finish. As if that didn’t make it tough enough a heavy rain storm minutes before the event made sure the riders were drenched during their warm up.

Both 2010 league and veteran champions, Ian Fairweather and Duncan Mullier complained of fatigue after a sapping 50 mile TT a few days before but even so Yorkshire Road Club’s Fairweather won the event in 35:32 despite being a minute down on his time of the previous season.

Yorkshire Velo’s Nigel Goscinski wasn’t making matters easy for himself either, electing to ride a single speed, fixed wheel bike in preparation for the National 100 mile TT Championships.

Goscinski took the initiative in the Vets’ Championship by pipping reigning champion Duncan Mullier of Nova by two seconds in a time of 36:10, another veterans’ course record. The impressive Dave Morris of Nova completed the 26mph+ riders a further 19 seconds down (36:31) and 34 ahead of team-mate Simon Ketteringham (37:05). Two multiple veteran champions took placings six and seven.

Nova’s Simon Hudson (37:52, a time that would have got him second lastyear) ahead of Yorkshire Road Club’s Mike Shacklock (38:12) who managed to get some daylight and Nova’s Gary Marks (38:17) between himself and his season-long jousting partner Rob Senior (38:40).

The top ten was completed by the record breaking Edwyn Oliver-Evans, who eclipsed his own junior record with a time of 39:51.

The ladies race was won by Nova’s rookie Alison Sarmiento (46:08), in the absence of runaway title leader Joanne Ketteringham and ahead of Caroline Mullier (54:47). Joanne’s dominance is such that Alison had become the only other lady to win an event and is now the only person who can stop Joanne regaining her title, if she wins all of the remaining eight events, the first of which is the 19-mile two lapped event of Milby-Cundall-Norton le Clay-Milby.

The previous weekend Ian Fairweather of Yorkshire Road Club and Duncan Mullier, Simon Hudson and Ian Peacock of Harrogate Nova competed in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 50 mile TT on the A19 between Topcliffe and Northallerton. Temperatures were so high that many of the field suffered from dehydration. Simon Hudson finished behind his season’s best in 2:00:38 in 39th place.

Ian Peacock cracked the magic two hour mark with 1:57:01 in 24th.

Duncan Mullier managed an impressive 1:53:58 in 14th place.

The YCF points defending champion maintained his lead in this year’s title by finishing in 1:47:47, a personal best, in tenth place.