Cockerill and Pilling take the top honours at awards night

Bridlington Cycling Club awards winners
Bridlington Cycling Club awards winners

Bridlington Cycling Club held their annual dinner and award presentation at Rags Restaurant last weekend.

The winner of Division One this year was Martin Cockerill, who was the only rider this season that raced every event.

The Division Two honours went to Matt Pilling.

Championship Time Trials were held towards the close of the season and this year’s winners were:

Thwing 10

Division One: Martin Cockerill 22:56

Division Two: Matt Pilling 23:51

Hilly 10

Division One: Andy Askwith 23:26

Division Two: Matt Pilling 25:25

Octon 13.7

Division One: Andy Askwith 32:04

Division Two: Matt Pilling 34:11

Mountain 10

Division One: Martin Cockerill 26:22

Division Two: John Potter 27:55

Two-Stage Hill Climb

Division One: Mark Woodley

Division Two: John Potter

Hilly 20

Division One: Martin Cockerill 47:31

Division Two: Matt Pilling 49:27

Unfortunate rider of the year went to Greystone Small, who was knocked off by a lorry between Bridlington and Scarborough and ended up being hospitalised and having an operation on his shoulder. Thankfully, he is now well on the road to recovery.

The Madison was last event of the season and many riders kept with the tradition of racing on single-speed bikes. This year’s winners with an average time of 19 minutes and 22 seconds were Adam Yates and Martin Cockerill.

Fastest and most impressive puncture repair this year has to go to John Potter, who punctured during the middle of a 10-mile time trial and managed to get the wheel out, fit a new tube and get going again and still finish in under 30 minutes, maintaining an impressive average speed of over 20 mph.

In September, Bridlington Cycling Club members took on a French coast-to-coast challenge from Biarritz on the Atlantic Ocean to Banylus Sur Mer on the Mediterranean Sea, through the the Pyrenees.

Over six days they covered 45 0miles and climbed an impressive 52,000ft.

They rode up 15 major climbs, famous from the Tour de France, but also around 10 other climbs that are not so well known.

The highest point was the Col du Tourmalet at 2,115 metres and 17 kilometres from bottom to top which took around one-and-a-half hours to ride up.

Other major climbs included the Marie Blanque, Aubisque, Aspin, Peyresaude, Portet d’Aspet, Mamere and Paliheres.

Club rides still continue through winter with a pacy ride through country roads on a Tuesday evening.

Ciircuit training takes place on Thursday evenings on Carnaby Industrial Estate, meeting at second roundabout on the industrial estate at approximately 6:15pm, riding for around 90 minutes in groups of similar ability.

There are also Sunday social rides, meeting at 8.55am for a 9am start at the Esso garage at Scarborough Road roundabout.

The Sunday ride is usually three hours. Anyone wanting to go along and ride with the club will be welcome on Sunday mornings or Thursday evenings.