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Autumn Time Trial

Autumn Time Trial

There appeared to be a few things against tonight’s gathering, mainly it being properly Autumn and being wet and dark. Thankfully, Shane Townsend came up with a brilliant idea that got round both of these issues. Shane runs the bike shop at Hassop Station and suggested to his boss Duncan that we could have a ride on the hire bikes up and down the Monsal Trail. What a brilliant idea! All the bikes are the same so there is no advantage to having a better bike, they all have dynamos and lights so night riding is no issue and they had enough for all of us. Perfect.

We ran it as a time trial with 30 seconds gaps. Shane rode off up the trail on an electric bike to the end of the first tunnel and stamped everyones arms as they went past. It was about a 4 mile loop with a slightly rolling course and a fast turnaround at the far end. Duncan and Rob were kind enough to take care of timing, counting everyone off at the start and timing their sweaty broken bodies over the line at the end. For a flat and short course, everyone was completely broken. Balls out for quarter of an hour tends to have that effect.

With a pint at the end to quench our thirsts while we gave out prizes it really was a near perfect night. Sun and warmth were the only things missing.

So many thanks again to Hassop Station; Duncan, Rod and especially Shane. We’ll be back to food at the amazing Cafe too!

Great photos all courtesy of Dom Worrall, great work again lad, cheers!

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Place # Name Start Time Finish Total
1 6 Martin Baker 02:30.00 16:39.0 14:09.0
2 22 Nick Hamilton 11:00.00 25:39.0 14:39.0
3 9 David James 04:00.00 18:50.0 14:50.0
4 10 Tim Pearson 04:30.00 19:30.0 15:00.0
5 4 Farmer Jack 01:30.00 16:34.0 15:04.0
6 23 will swinden 11:30.00 26:37.0 15:07.0
7 18 Dave Griffith 09:00.00 24:24.0 15:24.0
8 13 Sim Hartely 06:30.00 21:55.0 15:25.0
9 15 Joe Bowman 07:30.00 23:00.0 15:30.0
10 21 Richard baybutt 10:30.00 26:04.0 15:34.0
11 7 Jolley 03:00.00 18:34.0 15:34.0
12 8 Lee Hawden 03:30.00 19:17.0 15:47.0
13 20 Oliver Cooper 10:00.00 25:55.0 15:55.0
14 3 Cheggers 01:00.00 16:56.0 15:56.0
15 1 Si Bowns 00:00.00 16:10.0 16:10.0
16 14 Joe Howard 07:00.00 23:18.0 16:18.0
17 16 Duncan Philpott 08:00.00 24:29.0 16:29.0
18 19 James Fuller 09:30.00 26:00.0 16:30.0
19 17 Paddy Baker 08:30.00 25:00.0 16:30.0
20 2 Matt Bowns 00:30.00 17:15.0 16:45.0
21 11 Christ Pearson 05:00.00 21:49.0 16:49.0
22 12 John Jones 06:00.00 23:14.0 17:14.0
23 5 Nick gosling 02:00.00 19:25.0 17:25.0
Our second Autumn Get Together

Our second Autumn Get Together

We all enjoyed getting together so much last week that we thought we’d do it again on Wednesday. This time we decided to ride around the beautiful peak district for a change so all met up at a particular bridge just before we set off on our ride together. There was no beer consumption this week, just a punishing climb to start us off nicely; I think I would have preferred the pint. This steep hill climb kind of defeated the point of the ride together as the faster riders dug deep and pulled away from the rest, stringing us all out. Once at the top there was a very scenic ride looking back down the valley and, with it being such a warm night, it was really nice to be out. The descent down the other side was fast and loose with a couple of sharp corners to catch out the unaware. Thankfully we all got down safely and pedalled as fast as we could to get back to where we started from. Because it was such a nice night and it was still just about light, we all decided we needed a bit more exercise. So we carefully popped our bikes down and trotted off on a bit of a jog down the river bank. Being the competitive types we are some took it a bit too seriously and started to run, not waiting for anyone else. There’s always a few isn’t there. Anyway, by the time we got back to the bridge we started from and seeing as it was really warm, we all just jumped in to the river to cool off. This was much to the delight of our mates who were watching, Henry, Emma, Helen and John.  A lovely end to a great evening.

One of the lads, Shane, works over at Hassop station. They were kind enough to send a few treats over for a few of the lads who’d sweated the most on the night. Their gifts were very gratefully received and are much appreciated.

Richard Baybutt was kind enough to bring his camera with him on his ride over from Sheffield so all the amazing photos in this post are courtesy of him.

This was our mate Will Ockelton’s last (and second) gathering as he’s leaving Freecaster and going to the Dark side to work for the UCI. Best of luck Lad!

We’re enjoying all these Autumn get togethers so much we think we might do another one. But that will be another story.

Nick

Finish
Position
# Name Bike Rank Bike Time Run Rank Run time Post Run Swim Rank Swim Time Finish Diff
1 24 Simon Choppin 1 0:24:22 1 06:09 0:30:31 26 01:19 0:31:50
2 5 Martin Baker 1 0:24:22 2 07:18 0:32:17 25 00:37 0:32:54 01:04
3 14 Dave James 3 0:24:59 11 08:33 0:32:55 18 00:25 0:33:20 01:30
4 8 Sim Hartley 4 0:25:01 9 08:19 0:33:20 20 00:28 0:33:48 01:58
5 3 Andy Waterman 5 0:25:22 12 08:33 0:33:55 17 00:23 0:34:18 02:28
6 7 Farmer Jack 6 0:26:10 5 07:58 0:34:08 16 00:21 0:34:29 02:39
7 6 Will Ockelton 7 0:26:24 3 07:41 0:34:05 23 00:31 0:34:36 02:46
8 25 Tim Pearson 9 0:26:26 4 07:44 0:34:10 21 00:28 0:34:38 02:48
9 1 Nick Hamilton 10 0:26:30 6 08:00 0:34:30 7 00:15 0:34:45 02:55
10 15 John Alexander 12 0:26:44 7 08:11 0:34:55 9 00:17 0:35:12 03:22
11 29 Ruari Hallam 10 0:26:30 16 08:48 0:35:18 11 00:19 0:35:37 03:47
12 17 Rob Jolley 13 0:27:21 8 08:19 0:35:40 22 00:30 0:36:10 04:20
13 10 Joe Bowman 7 0:26:24 19 09:14 0:35:38 24 00:37 0:36:15 04:25
14 28 Lee Hawden 15 0:27:58 18 08:50 0:36:48 3 00:07 0:36:55 05:05
15 20 Ol Cooper 16 0:28:20 10 08:25 0:36:45 15 00:21 0:37:06 05:16
16 9 Matt Beighton 14 0:27:24 24 10:04 0:37:28 8 00:16 0:37:44 05:54
17 21 Will Swinden 17 0:29:40 20 09:16 0:38:56 2 00:06 0:39:02 07:12
18 22 Matt Hockenhull 18 0:30:10 13 08:34 0:38:44 19 00:27 0:39:11 07:21
19 16 James Fuller 20 0:30:14 20 09:16 0:39:30 5 00:12 0:39:42 07:52
20 19 Luke Meridith 22 0:30:40 17 08:50 0:39:30 13 00:20 0:39:50 08:00
21 27 Alex Owen 23 0:32:12 14 08:36 0:40:48 1 00:04 0:40:52 09:02
22 12 Paul Turner 18 0:30:10 15 08:40 0:38:50 28 02:32 0:40:82 09:32
23 18 James Irwin 24 0:32:34 23 09:53 0:42:27 14 00:21 0:42:48 10:58
24 11 Duncan Philpott 21 0:30:20 26 12:53 0:43:13 6 00:13 0:43:26 11:36
25 4 Jody Vallance 25 0:33:58 22 09:21 0:43:19 12 00:20 0:43:39 11:49
26 13 Lee Smith 0:43:40 4 00:10 0:43:50 12:00
27 2 Shane Townsend 26 0:34:10 25 10:30 0:44:40 10 00:18 0:44:58 13:08
28 26 Chris Pearson 0:45:45 27 02:23 0:48:08 16:18
29 23 Dan Lomas DNF

Ruari and I tested the water the night before to make sure the jump was ok, cheers to John for the video

An Autumn evenings gathering

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Last night a few of our mates got together for a bit of a ride and, as it was the first time we’d got together for a while, naturally we had a couple of pints along the way. We met up at the Norfolk arms first for a quick Ale with which we toasted the start of the Autumn season. Our good friend Rich Baybutt came up with his camera and took these lovely photos to record this momentous gathering. His Dad also came along and seemed to really enjoy the fun. Being thirsty we all drank it down pretty quick before heading off to our bikes for a bit a gentle ride. I say gentle, but being the competitive types we are it inevitably got a bit out of hand. Even before we’d sat on our saddles we were trying to elbow each other out of the way. Once we’d got on our bikes we peddled off down the valley on our pre-agreed route smiling and joking with each other and anyone we passed. Unfortunately it wasn’t really a very nice evening and it rained a bit and was bloody cold. As we made our way futher down the valley, we bumped in to a few of our other mates, Bilsey, Helen Taylor and Ginge’ who we were very grateful to see. Our final destination for this little ride was the Lescar, my local. Our really good friend, Simon Choppin had been kind enough to get the drinks in and there was a pint waiting for each of us. He and Tom Allen had done a wonderful job of laying them all out and, as we’d all ridden so hard, we were all really really thirsty so supped back our pints amazingly quickly. So fast that some of us were actually a bit sick afterwards. For a bit of fun, cos you know we like stupid little contests, we figured out who’d actually managed to finish their drinks first. Stupid but fun.

Anyway, we all had a lovely evening out and it was great to get together, because we just don’d do it often enough. But hopefully we’ll be doing it a bit more often. Thanks to everyone for making the effort to get together and all our other mates who we didn’t have time to stop and chat to.

All photos courtesy of Richard Baybutt.

Nick

All Friends Together again


That was a quick pint!

1 Ruari Hallam
2 Nick Hamilton
3 Tim Pearson
4 Will Ockleton
5 Steve Peat
6 Martin Baker
7 Farmer Jack
8 Joe Bowman
9 Luke Meridith
10 Oliver Cooper
11 John Alexander
12 Dave Camus
13 Simon Hartley
14 Dave Griffith
15 Rich Norgate
16 Chris Pearson
17 Robert Jolley
18 Cheggers
19 Ryan Ballantyne
20 James Fuller
21 Joe Howard
22 Paul Wain
23 Matt Beighton
24 Paul Turner
25 James Irwin
26 Lee Hawden
27 Oliver Green
28 Chris Palmer
29 Shane Townsend
30 Lee Smith
31 Danny Whitehead
32 Dean Dobson
33 Simon Bowns
34 Alex Owen
35 Joe Mallinson
36 John Horscroft
37 Duncan Philpott
38 Will Swinden
DNF Rob Campbell
DNF Chris Davey
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