5-mile TT Scalby for juniors & women – Friday 7pm

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    It’s the first of five five-mile TTs around the ‘Scalby triangle’ on Friday evening. Sign on by 6.45pm at the latest at Scarborough Rugby Club for a 7pm start. While anyone can ride this event (it’ a Come and Try It event, so you don’t even need to be a member of a club), it’s specifically aimed at junior riders and women beginners. There will be contests over the series for both categories. To take part, you must have a roadworthy bike and, if under 18, a helmet. A red flashing rear light is recommended.

    Here’s a map of the course, which I grabbed from the website of Scarborough Paragon, where you can find more information about the route .


    Profile photo of Dan Joyce Dan Joyce 

    A chilly evening with a stiff wind for the first of in the series of 5-mile TTs on the Scalby circuit. That might account for the low-ish numbers. I’m somewhat surprised we didn’t get more women beginners, having been asked last season to offer events specifically for them. (Which is why I’ve tied a women’s handicap competition onto Chris Goode’s existing junior event.)

    A reminder for anyone who might be interested: it’s a series of five 5-mile TTs. You don’t need to be a club member to take part, as they’re registered as ‘Come and Try It’ events. Chris Goode is overseeing the points-based junior competition, open to anyone aged 12+ and under 18. I’m overseeing the handicap competition for women beginners, for which there will be trophies at the end of the season. You can take part on any roadworthy bike except an e-bike or a recumbent.

    There were some good rides last night in somewhat challenging conditions, notably by Matty Dixon, Edward Burnley, and Ozzy Stringer, who finished 1, 2, 3 in Chris Goode’s junior results (the points table for which I forgot to take a photo of). But anyone who rode deserves a pat on the back. It’ll be warmer and should be faster next time!

    Thanks to everyone who helped put on the event, particularly Chris Goode, Elaine Ward and Mick Storey.

    1. Matty Dixon (SPCC, J) 12:13 (24.56mph)
    2. Hannah Bayes (Giant Liv, W) 13:06 (22.90mph)
    3. Edward Burnley (SPCC, J) 14:03 (21.35mph)
    4. Ozzy Stringer (RCC, J) 14:26 (20.79mph)
    5. Joseph Prole (RCC, J) 16:13 (18.50mph)

    6. Adam Scott (n/a, J) 16:18 (18.40mph)
    7. Hester Butterworth (SPCC, W) 16:25 (18.27mph)
    8. Elliot Burnley (SPCC, J) 17:17 (17.36mph)
    9. Andrew Prole (RCC, J) 18:45 (16.00mph)
    10. Helen Prole (RCC, W) 18:50 (15.93mph)

    11. Will Butterworth (SPCC, J) 18:51 (15.92mph)

    1. Hester Butterworth (HC 04:00) 12:25 5pts
    2. Helen Prole (HC 04:00) 14:50 4pts

    Handicaps work like this: you’re given minutes and/or seconds to deduct from your actual time to arrive at your handicap time. The size of your handicap is eyeballed for your first event. After that, it’s based on your best time this season on that course. In the next event, Hester’s handicap will be 3:55, while Helen’s will be 6:15. So if they did identical rides next time, they’d both end up with handicap times of 12:30 – a tie. Helen thus doesn’t need to beat Hester in absolute terms to score more handicap points; she has to beat her own time by more than Hester beats her own time. In a handicap competition, you’re racing against yourself.

    The next 5-mile TT is on Friday 1 June. Any ladies out there fancy a crack at it? Next Wednesday’s TT (16 May), meanwhile, is at Snainton not Malton, don’t forget.

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