MOUNTAIN TIME TRIAL RETURNS TO SADDLEWORTH
Following a two-year hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club were proud to once again host the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial on Wednesday May 18. Thirty-one riders from as far afield as Wolverhampton tested themselves against the hilly 17 mile course, which was based at Donkeystone Brewery in Greenfield.
The fastest rider was Jude Taylor of Team PB Performance, who recorded a very impressive time of 47 minutes and 23 seconds, coming in two minutes ahead of second-placed Andrew Whiteley of Team Lifting Gear Products/Cycles in Motion. Saddleworth Clarion’s own Martha Tibbot was the fastest female finisher with a time of one hour and four seconds, and Joanna Cebrat of Bury Clarion CC was the second fastest female. Saddleworth Clarion pride themselves on offering equal prize money for men and women, with the main prizes, kindly donated by Rapha, of £100 for the fastest riders and £50 for the second fastest.
David Fellows of Solihull CC finished in third place and received £10. Alastair Rutherford of Manchester Bicycle Club was the fastest veteran, receiving a crate of beer from Magic Rock Brewery, and Chris Phillips received six cans of beer from Donkeystone Brewery for being the fastest Saddleworth Clarion rider. A spot prize of coffee and travel cups from Dark Woods Coffee went to 13th-placed Neil Swithenbank of Bury Clarion CC, and the ‘lanterne rouge’ Sean Cordell of Manchester Wheelers went home with six boxes of Yorkshire Tea for his efforts.
The event was made possible by the hard work of volunteers from Saddleworth Clarion, who braved the wind and rain to marshall the course and to provide riders with plenty of home-made cake to refuel after the race. Saddleworth Clarion would like to thank Donkeystone Brewing Co. for their kind hosting of the event, and all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event such a success.