CYCLING: Watson records massive PB at Paragon time-trial

Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club
Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club

Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club held their 25-mile time-trial at Irton on Tuesday evening.

The weather was kind with the earlier breeze dropping and reasonable temperatures.

Riders did say that there was a slight headwind out at Snainton, and several were held up marginally due to traffic.

This however did not stop several excellent performances resulting in personal bests.

Neville Watson's ride of 57 minutes 33 seconds was ride of the night, this knocked nearly six minutes off his previous best time last year and was only his second attempt at the distance, a fantastic effort indeed.

Simon Ward also rode well for a personal best 59:07, and also under the magic hour barrier was in-form Kevin Allen, producing a PB 59:44.

This is a sporting course where riders have to negotiate traffic, several bends and Wykeham hill twice, so any ride under the hour mark obviously equates to an average speed of over 25 mph.

The times for all riders were as follows: 1 S Dodds 57:06, 2 N Watson 57:33, 3 S Ward 59:07, 4 K Allen 59:44, 5 C Duck 1:00:08, 6 M Purnell 1:00:11, 6 M Enticknap (Malton Wheelers) 1:00:11, 7 J Ward (YHT/SRC) 1:01:07, 8 S Walker 1:02:08, 9 B Cappleman 1:04:12, 10 D Humphreys 1:05:00, 11 M Potter 1:05:09, 12 J Morrison 1:11:22.

Paragon cyclist Hannah Bayes was in action on Wednesday evening at Hull on the V718 course.

One of the fastest courses in the country, this 10-mile course regularly produces some of the country's fastest times.

Hannah was riding it for the first time, which can be daunting as the riders have a three-mile ride just to get from the HQ to the start line. Also the race takes place on the dual carriageway with high speed traffic which riders have to respect and be extra attentive to.

This however did not faze the 17-year-old, who took her father Stephen and club member Mick Storey, for their support, as she recorded a PB of 23:54, a fantastic ride, which she was very pleased with.

The teenager continues to train both on the bike and with her running as well, and her hard work is clearly paying off.