Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekend Updates

Congratulations to Paul Daly who on Saturday was flying the Condor Road Club colours at the main race at the Arc Adventure K2 Road Cycling Classic in New Zealand. Its a hilly 192km course which had attracted almost 600 riders. Paul proved once again that he is the man to beat in his age category defending his 2015 title with another 1st place in the 'Vintage' category. Congratulations Paul from all your Condor team mates - now get back here and push PG up them hills (although Nigel & Ian weren't doing a bad job last week).

Whilst Paul was giving out some pain in NZ our home based star rider, Chris Smith was flying the colours nearer home, in the 2016 National Hill Climb Championship up Bank Road in Matlock (thanks to Tom Brabbin for the pic.). Chris finished the steep climb in 3.10.3, about 50 seconds down on the outstanding winner Adam Kenway. Chris tells me he was totally spent at the end and if it hadn't been for the finish line catchers he would have collapsed in a heap. Chapeau to Chris; I just hope he remembers to slow down for the social season.

Simon and I had a superb day out on Saturday riding the Peculiar Old 200 km Audax from Darlington. Above pic is at the Theakston's brewery at Masham, about 130 k into the ride. We enjoyed many new roads (to us) in Co.Durham north of Teesdale with great views and good weather.

Also racing on Sunday, making his 2016 season cyclo-cross debut was John Ginley, I must assume that he had recovered okay from his MTB crash the previous Tuesday, winning his age class and at 74 finishing 72nd out of 150 finishers in the over 45's race.

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