Thompson races to victory in Paragon club’s Hill Climb event

Mick Storey in action
Mick Storey in action

Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club have held a new event for the purposes of contesting their Mid Season Hill Climb trophy.

It was a course from Brompton through Sawdon, climbing steadily to an elevation of 673 feet over 5.2 miles and finishing just before the viewpoint above Wykeham.

David Thompson took the honours, recording the fastest time of 16:21, from Chris Duck 17:23, Mike Potter 18:27, Paul Creaser 19:57 and Jimmy Morrison 21:33.

Thanks to Robert Grainger, Mark Hepples and Barrie Cappleman for the timing.

David Thompson was in action the following evening at South Cave in the second event of the Team Swift 10 miles time trial league.

It was dry with patchy sun but a chilly NNE wind, which dropped away for the later starters, denying them the benefit of a tailwind finish section.

Despite being in that late section, Thompson’s time of 20:37 gave him a top 20 placing at an average speed of 29.1mph.

Holme Valley Wheelers held a three-stage road race and time trial over two days near Huddersfield.

Mark Hardie took part in the supporting time trial sandwiched between stages and recorded 26:49 on an undulating course, as the only Paragon club representative.

The first road race stage was 30 miles over five laps of a rolling circuit based on Birds Edge, near Huddersfield, where associate Paragon rider, James Gullen, now professional for Team Hope Factory Racing, finished one and a half minutes down on his team-mate Ben Kellett who won the stage.

The first stage of day two was a 10 miles time trial where Gullen clawed back a third of his deficit, clocking an impressive course record 21:11 to win this section.

Eventual overall winner Giles Drake from Herbalife Leisure Lakes took second place in 21:46 and Kellett was over a minute further down.

The final 55-mile stage was held over five laps of a hillier circuit in the afternoon.

All the leading contenders were in an 11-man break, which formed on the middle lap. Gullen fought hard to claim fifth place in this road stage, claiming second place overall, only losing the overall victory over the three events by 52 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Veterans Time Trial Association (North Group) held a 25 miles time trial near Crathorne on a sunny afternoon, which was an improved picture from the cooler Scarborough coastal area.

Mick Storey recorded just under 25mph average speed, his time of 1:00:03 being good enough to win second place in the Veterans Standard competition, based on age allowances.

Juvenile female star Louise Scupham unfortunately had a painful end to her defence of the Junior Women’s 25-mile championship title in Lincolnshire on Sunday.

A very technical course caught some riders out and she sadly misjudged a bend and ended up on the deck on a bend, denying her the chance to complete the course.

No doubt she will be back will a vengeance on Thursday at round three in the Five-mile Come And Try It series at Scalby.

Paragon’s super-fit Vice President and Chairman Brian Musson recently celebrated his 82nd birthday by cycling through the lanes to Helmsley and back home to Filey over the Wolds to clock up more in miles than his age in years – 86.7 miles.