Pickard at the double

Stew Pickard
Stew Pickard

Bridlington Cycling Club’s Hilly 20 started at Grindale and included a heart-pounding climb at Octon.

Rain was forecast and all were caught in a shower during last Tuesday night’s time trial. Stew Pickard again had better of the field, beating his closest rival by more than a minute, but Mark Woodley is now looking over his shoulder as Martin Cockerill starts to find his form.

In Division Two, Brian Parling collected maximum points as the unlucky Adam Yates rode into the heaviest of showers, making a difficult course an even greater challenge.

New girl Dawn Blues took the honours in Division Three with a very impressive sub-one hour ride.

Thursday’s Hilly 10 had a difficult start with a long climb to Hunmanby. A strong headwind on the second half of the course would make personal bests hard to find.

The fastest time again came from Stew Pickard but as the season starts to unfold the other riders are starting to draw closer.

Separated by less than 30 seconds any of the fastest four can feel a win is achievable next time out.

Adam Yates had the better of his Division Two competitors with a very respectable time, as Parling and Ward struggled with the conditions.

Kevin Helliwell’s improvement continues to gather pace, taking the points over his Division Three rivals.