Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Thornton Road Club Spring Challenge 2011


There was a great turn out for the first Thornton Road Club Challenge. The weather was slightly chilly with a SW wind. It had rained the day before but the roads had dried overnight making for a pleasant ride.
After a quick photo shoot at the start we all got under way. There was a change to the planned finish, it was decided to finish on the A20 near the motorway round about.

The ride went without a hitch. Everyone got round the route apart from the odd one getting lost. The check points had riders battling hard for a win or at least a few points.

The results are listed below.

THORNTON CHALLENGE 13th MARCH 2O11 RESULTS.


SPRINT CHALLENGE.

SPRINT 1 (ALDINGTON FRITH).
  1. DON HOUGHTON (5PTS),
  2. ROB WHEELER (3PTS),
  3. NICK WOODS (1PT),
SPRINT 2 (IVYCHURCH ROAD).
  1. DON HOUGHTON (5PTS),
  2. NICK WOODS (3PTS),
  3. ANDY WICKENS (1PT).

OVERALL SPRINT TABLE.
1ST DON HOUGHTON (10PTS). WINNER £10.
2ND NICK WOODS (4PTS).
3RD = ANDY WICKENS & ROB WHEELER (1PT)


HILL CHALLENGE.

HILL 1 KNOLL.
  1. NICK WOODS (3PTS),
  2. RICHARD FOSTER (2PTS),
  3. DON HOUGHTON (1PT).
HILL 2 LYMPNE.
  1. NICK WOODS (5PTS),
  2. ROB WHEELER (3PTS),
  3. ANDY WICKENS (1PT),
HILL 3 BLACKHOUSE.
  1. NICK WOODS (5PTS),
  2. ROB WHEELER (3PTS),
  3. ANDY WICKENS (1PT).

OVERALL HILL CHALLENGE TABLE.
1ST NICK WOODS (13 PTS). WINNER £5. (SHARED AS OVERALL WINNER AS WELL)
2ND ROB WHEELER (6PTS) £5.
3RD= ANDY WICKENS & RICHARD FOSTER (2PTS),
4TH DON HOUGHTON (1 PT).


FINISH LINE RESULTS.

OVERALL CHALLENGE 50 MILE RESULTS.
1ST NICK WOODS. OVERALL WINNER. 2 HRS 33 MINS (APPROX). AV SPEED 19.4M/HR (APPROX). £10.
2ND ROB WHEELER.
3RD ANDY WICKENS
4TH DANNY FROST,
5TH STEVE BUNN,
6TH RICHARD FOSTER.

TOTAL MONEY RAISED £200. SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN CELIA BLAKEY UNIT @ WHH & BORDER COLLIE TRUST UK.


Most riders went back to the Grand for a coffee and the prize giving. Everyone was chatting about what a great ride it had been, and it was actually better that it had been cancelled from its original Boxing Day slot.
There was a lot of interest in having another Challenge at the end of the season or at least making it an annual Thornton event.

The route got the thumbs up but the addition of another sprint would make a better balance. The close succession of climbs near the end was also popular giving it the feel of a pro type event.

All in all, a great day, many thanks to Greame and Viv for organising it and may there be many more.

Many thanks to Dave Wheeler for speeding along ahead of us, recording the results at the check points and for contributing to the event route.

I have written an account of the ride from my own perspective, link below




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