Burnsall 23TT Results 03-07


Grassington Rd/Burnsall 7.00PM   3rd July 2018

It’s amazing what a tough course and the World Cup football can do to a rider’s enthusiasm for a time trial!  Only eight riders tonight on the Burnsall circuit but as we have come to expect, there were some excellent times and even a + on the age standard in the Vet’s category for one of the riders.  It’s pretty obvious that the standard allowance in no way reflects the difficulty of this course so for anyone to beat their allowance or even get near to it, is quite an achievement.

From various comments on social media it would appear that the wind was friend to no one and quite strong in places so it wasn’t a surprise that one or two riders didn’t quite achieve a time as good as last year.  Having said that – 2 riders did do better than last year, they being Nina Benson and Ben Cook so well done to both.

So, final placings as follows:

Steve Ayres, Bronte Wheelers, had the fastest time in 57:38, down one minute and 19 seconds on last year’s time but still averaging almost 24 mph (38.5kph) on this course.  In second place Paul Braithwaite, Pendle Forest CC, in 58:46 which was a minute and 8 seconds shy of Steve’s time and in third place Ben Cook, Bronte Wheelers with a 1:02:02 a full minute and 16 seconds faster than last year, well done Ben.

In the Vets category Paul Braithwaite was a clear winner going +2:13 better than his age standard – and as previously stated, on this course that is no mean achievement. Nina Benson, Ilkley CC, who was first (and only) lady tonight, snatched second place by a mere 6 seconds with her -0:23 on standard. Nina also beat her time from last year by a great 2 minutes and 6 seconds.  Third place in the Vets was Ben Cook with -0:29 on standard.

Thanks go to John Wray for timing and to John Driver for once again providing refreshments which after tonight’s ride must have been greatly appreciated – there would certainly have been plenty of calories burnt on that course!




1 8 Steve Ayres 00:57:38 Bronte Whs 00:56:19
2 7 Paul Braithwaite 00:58:46 1:00:59 +2:13 1 Pendle Forest CC
3 3 Ben Cook 1:02:02 1:01:33 -0:29 3 Bronte Whs 1:03:18
4 4 Darren Caines 1:03:51 1:02:38 -1:13 4 Bronte Whs 1:00:47
5 6 Russell Marsden 1:04:40 1:02:27 -2:13 5 Pendle Forest CC 1:02:02
6 5 Nina Benson 1:07:02 1:06:39 -0:23 2 Ilkley CC 1:09:08
7 1 Rajesh Gautam 1:15:57 1:02:16 -13:41 7 Bronte Whs
8 2 Joe Greaves 1:17:13 1:04:34 -12:39 6 Bronte Whs

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