Bridlington duo achieve gold standard

Steve Waterall and Stewart Pickard
Steve Waterall and Stewart Pickard

A very bracing cold wind and the threat of rain faced the riders for the Heart of the Wolds Sportive.

Nine Bridlington Cycling Club members set off from the Driffield Show Ground, heading north and tackling the climbs out of Birdsall, Thixendale, Warter and Life Hill up to Sledmere.

Trish Watson

Trish Watson

Steve Waterall and Stewart Pickard made the fastest start, caught riders from the Malton Wheelers and working well together completed the 136km challenge in an impressive 4 hours 45 minutes, which was the cut off point for a gold standard. This placed them in the top 12 fastest rides.

Ian Hoad paced his ride a shade easier and was comfortably in the thick of the action, achieving a silver standard. Not too far behind was Mike Brown also in the silver time limit.

Jeff Thorley, Barrie Lonsdale and Fred Ingham were using the event to build up their endurance miles in preparation for their respective summer campaigns, enjoying the day and were well inside the bronze limit.

James Place and Trish Watson completed the Classic 100km course. This covered the first 85km of the Challenge, then a final 15 km short cut back to Driffield.

Watson made good use of setting off fast with her club mates, keeping up for those 85km to finish in 3 hours 50 miutesn for silver and out of 260 riders, only 14 were faster.

Place,with a lack of training miles, enjoyed a steadier ride of 4 hours 29 minutes, and a bronze standard.

All agreed it had been a well organised event and a thoroughly enjoyable day.