Seven Nova riders made the long trip down south last weekend for the Tour of Wessex, a three-day timed sportive event over 330 miles and around 7,500m of climbing over some of Somerset’s toughest ascents.
Day one started with nearly 600 riders over a rolling 107 mile course, north towards Glastonbury and beyond. The weather stayed mainly dry, but was chilly with the occasional drizzle, but that didn’t dampen the Nova train spirits, with Greg Ketteringham, Mike Worden, Simon Ketteringham and Paul Lehan riding round and finishing together in true chain gang style with a very impressive time of five hours 26 minutes, placing them 30th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd respectively.
Mike Wilberforce finished in five hours 42, 72nd overall with Tony Bradley finishing in 6.16, in 179th place.
Day two saw six Nova riders became seven, joined by Mike Hudson for the remaining two days, catastrophe struck with Greg’s tyre blowing out causing him half an hour’s delay.
Hudson went off the front stayed away, finishing in a great time of 6 hours 12 minutes in 23rd place. Simon Ketteringham was next to make a move, a few miles before the finish in 6:17, hotly pursued by Mike Worden and Mike Wilberforce, 43rd and 44th respectively.
Paul Lehan was the next Nova rider over the line in 6:24, 56th overall. Ketteringham finished in a very creditable 6:46, 101st with Tony Bradley 7:40, 222nd.
Day three and within 20 minutes of starting heavy rain soaked the riders. Greg Ketteringham took his opportunity to stamp his authority with an amazing time of 6 hours 13 in 24th place. Then came four more Nova riders Paul Lehan, Simon Ketteringham, Worden & Hudson just over a minute behind Greg in 6:14. Mike Wilberforce and Tony Bradley both retired from the final day.
Greg Ketteringham took the highest placing in 17.58 for 18th overall, followed by Worden in 17:59 (19th), Lehan in 18.06 (20th) and Ketteringham in 18.26 (26th).
ROUND six of the Fulford Cycles Time Trial league was 18 miles and two laps of the Boroughbridge-Ripon-Skelton circuit on a bright but breezy night.
Yorkshire Velo’s Nigel Goscinski smashed the veteran’s course record and grab maximum points in a time of 41:39, 1:17 ahead of Nova’s Paul Caswell, who was 17 seconds ahead of team-mate Dave Morris, scoring yet another podium. Nova’s Duncan Mullier limped home a second later on a deflating tyre, 19 seconds ahead of Nova’s Tony Kent.
Nova’s Chris Mawer clocked 43:53 with Simon Ketteringham, only two days after finishing the Tour of Wessex, 43:58. Boneshakers’ Glen Turnbull clocked 44:43, Nova’s Simon Hudson 45:24 and Yorkshire Road Club’s, 45:54 completed the top ten.
Joanne Ketteringham won the ladies race in 48.55.