Askwith takes full advantage of leader’s night off

Andy Askwith
Andy Askwith

With leader Stew Pickard taking the marshall’s duties for the evening, four riders knew they had a chance of victory in Bridlington Cycling Club’s Octon 13.7 Time Trial.

Andy Askwith took his opportunity, beating Mark Woodley by seconds.

His comeback from an off-season injury is very encouraging and he now starts look like Pickard’s main rival for the honours.

The course starts and finishes east of Rudston, and the route is a straight out and back to Octon roundabout.

However any thoughts of not going too hard too early must be forgotten, as the the difficult climb out of Rudston has to be overcome in the opening miles.

Time lost here will mean any chance of winning the time trial will have disappeared.

In Division Two, the in-form Adam Yates looks to have the measure of Brian Parling, recording a better time by nearly half-a-minute.

The younger Sam Pickard will only get faster as the season develops and will no doubt start to push Yates to his limit, making this division the most difficult to predict.

Matt Pilling has become the victim of his own success. Too strong for Division Three, his speed has placed him in the second tier.

If his improvement continues he will start to climb the Division Two table.

Kevin Helliwell’s reward for the recent training rides was top spot in Division Three, with Dawn Blues just getting the better of Trish Watson to take second.

Paul Ackers has returned to cycling after a 30-year absence. Although not the quickest, his determination to finish despite a lack of race fitness made his time the most hard-earned of the evening.

Results

1: Andy Askwith 32:56

2: Mark Woodley 33:07

3: Martin Cockerill 33:37

4: Mel Blackford 33:42

5: Adam Yates 34:27

6: Brian Parling 34:48

7: Sam Pickard 35:35

8: Matt Pilling 37:17

9: Kevin Helliwell 39:52

10: Dawn Blues 39:56

11: Trish Watson 40:32

12: Paul Ackers 52:13

Andy Askwith’s journey to North Yorkshire to race an Open Time-trial event at Ripon was well worth his efforts.

Recording a sub 55-minute time for the 25-mile course, any fears that he wouldn’t fully recover from his off-season injury have now been completely dismissed.