Paragon veterans finish season in fine form

David Thompson in action for Paragon
David Thompson in action for Paragon

End of season weather can be a mixed bag for cyclists as Autumn arrives.

However sunny conditions with a light breeze greeted the riders in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 25 miles time trial in the Dishforth and Knayton area, despite a cool temperature after earlier frost.

Scarborough Paragon veterans Mike Potter and Brian Ward recorded good times of 1:00:07 and 1:07:15 respectively.

Yorkshire Coast Clarion’s Chris Goode (second claim Paragon rider) did his best time since 2001 with an excellent result of 59:21 that gave him 22nd place overall, while Potter was 25th and Ward 49th.

Another club veteran David Thompson took to the hills again, riding two hill climb time trials in one day in West Yorkshire.

The Holme Valley Wheelers promotion took place on the famous Holme Moss, used many times in big stage road races like the Tour of Britain.

It was a cool start to the day but with some sun among the cloud and 7° temperature.

The clear visibility and lack of wind provided the best conditions for four years.

There were 1.4 miles of 10% average gradient (same as Hackness) and 667ft of vertical ascent for the riders to tackle before reaching the finish point.

With a big effort and “a lot of pain” David secured a personal best time of 7:58.3, beating the eight-minute barrier and his 2010 best by nearly 13 seconds.

This result earned him fastest veteran for the fifth time out of five events and ninth place overall.

Only three hours later the Huddersfield Star Wheelers event took place at Jackson Bridge, where the conditions were cloudy with a slightly higher temperature but with threatening drizzle in the air.

The wind had also picked up which kept the road surface reasonably dry.

The route was more sheltered than the morning event, with just under a mile of 10.6% gradient, so steeper than Holme Moss, and 500ft of vertical ascent.

After so little recovery time, David did well to come in as second fastest veteran with an improved time from last year’s event of 5:26.2, just over a second quicker.

He also received the best veteran award for the combined prize over the two events and 14th overall in the Huddersfield climb.