Trio complete 100km challenge while Pickard picks up award

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Three Bridlington Cycling Club members were going for gold in the William’s Farm Kitchen Cycle Challenge.

Along with over 200 riders. they enjoyed a 100km ride on the undulating, traffic-free, winding lanes of Holderness and East Yorkshire.

The lack of significant climbs gave an opportunity for a fast paced ride, and Ian Hoad, Trish Watson and Matt Pilling were well within the 3 hour 20 minute time limit for a gold standard.

Hoad, in three hours, registered the 17th fastest time of the day, maintaining an average speed of 20 mph. Watson took just four minutes longer and was the fastest lady.

Pilling in 3:12 had also cycled out and back to extend his mileage in preparation for a Coast to Coast ride in two weeks’ time.

This second edition used the Hornsea Freeport as HQ and benefitted from the experienced organisation of Paul Kilvington.

Indeed the provision of pre and post-event refreshments, including a barbecue, added to a continental bike event atmosphere and an excellent day out.

Bridlington Cycling Club’s Rider Of The Month award for May went to Stew Pickard, who dominated the month’s time -trials. “It’s the new bike,” declared a modest Pickard.

Minutes, not seconds, have been taken off last year’s times by Pickard, so a new bike is only part of the story. The hours spent during last winter building his base mileage and the intense efforts of April’s Pyrenees training camp are the likely answers to his dramatic improvement.

Pickard’s exceptional season continued last Saturday in Thirsk, racing in an Open 25-mile time-trial he recorded a personal best time of 57:53. One hundred riders entered the event and although now in his mid-40s, Pickard was placed in the top 15.