The winter has not been kind for members of Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club trying to get fit for the start of the racing season.
The club’s first local club time trial event took place on a very cool Easter Sunday morning near Snainton over 10 miles.
There was a respectable entry of 16 riders in total, headed up by Matt Purnell, who took the win with 26:16.
There were some great personal best performances for Graham Varley, Robert Grainger and Richard Sixsmith and an excellent effort by first-time racer Matt Atkinson.
There was a tie for second place overall, with juvenile Ben Sixsmith (on his 14th birthday) celebrating with a time of 27:06 with experienced veteran Mike Potter.
After a few mechanical issues, Robert Grainger finally got off from the start line to an incredible performance of 27:18 for fourth place.
Matt Atkinson was next in 27:25 and Graham Varley completed the top six with a result of 27:38.
Other results: Mark Hepples 27:42, Ian Dack 28:14, Richard Sixsmith 28:56, Barrie Cappleman 29:31, Louise Scupham (age 15) 30:29, Jimmy Morrison 31:23, Dave Schubert (Richardsons CC) 31:45, Mags Purnell 31:52, Brian Ward 32:11 and Alan Scupham 33:16.
Thanks to Dave Priestman for timing.
Scarborough was the venue for a weekend of activities for the 118th National Clarion Easter Meet.
On the Saturday afternoon at Burton Fleming there was a 10 mile time trial in bright, cool and breezy conditions.
Four Paragon members took part, including Mike Potter, who recorded 27:37, Robert Grainger 29:00, Graham Varley 29:57 and Andy Toes 31:59.
The winner was Joel Wainman from Team Swift in 22:40.
Associate Paragon member and now professional rider for Team Hope Factory Racing, James Gullen, has also made a good start to his season.
The first big road race was the Clayton Velo Spring Classic over 90km in the Clitheroe area, where a good calibre field, including most of the UK-based pro teams and the 100% ME (British U23 Academy) were out in force and set a hot pace from the start.
Elite rider James came in third overall in the cold conditions, breaking away with two of his main opponents from the main bunch.
The three raced away, working well together until a closely fought sprint for the finish line, about two minutes clear of the chasing pack.
The following weekend saw the famous Aintree racecourse at Liverpool in use for the Eddie Soens event, with 250 riders in contention.
James rode sensibly to keep out of trouble and avoided the multiple crashes in the first half-hour before attacking for a time, twice putting daylight between him with two other riders and the main field.
The big team riders with strength in numbers, had tactical instructions not to let a break get away too far, so the trio were reeled in and the sprinters had their day, with Olympian Ed Clancy taking the glory.