Local duo take on 102-mile charity cycle challenge

AMR York 100 2013
AMR York 100 2013

Two Bridlington cyclists were among more than 550 riders who took part in the Action Medical York 100 Sportive.

The York 100 is the most popular Ride 100 series event in Northern England and helps fund vital medical research for children.

Starting from the University of York, riders head out to the Yorkshire Wolds and Kirkham Priory and back via the Howardian Hills and Castle Howard.

With a choice of two routes, Bridlington Cycling Club members, Ian Hoad and Trish Watson, took on the challenge of the longer 102-mile route.

Excellent feed stations were provided at Thixendale, Burton Fleming and Coneysthorpe village halls, where there was a good social atmosphere to be enjoyed.

Hoad and Watson had agreed to try and keep the pace high, keep together and keep the refreshments to a minimum, but Watson was determined to sample at least some of the cakes on offer.

Their time of 6hrs 34 min resulted in Watson recording the fastest time amongst the ladies.

Cycling behind Hoad, she benefitted from the cover into the strong headwinds over the second half of the ride, and having raised £150 between them, it had been a most enjoyable day.

Mark Woodley proved himself to be Bridlington CC’s King of the Mountains by winning the second hill climb event of the season, with Andy Askwith just edging Stew Pickard into third place.

The was nothing to separate Mel Blackford and Martin Cockerill as they tied for fourth position which meant, once again, the club’s strongest five riders took the top five places.

Season newbies Simon Walters and Matt Pilling were close behind and look to have the potential to be in the mix next season.

Two Stage Hill Climb:

1: Mark Woodley 4:31, 2: Andy Askwith 4:51, 3: Stew Pickard 4:59, 4: Mel Blackford 5:01, 4: Martin Cockerill 5:01, 6: Simon Walters 5:16, 7: Matt Pilling 5:21, 8: Seb Pickard 5:28, 9: Adam Yates 5:33, 10: Sid Pickering 5:34, 11: Kevin Helliwell 5:51, 12: Dawn Blues 6:35

Madison results on page 72.