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10th March 2020

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Birdwell Wheelers season got off to a good start last weekend. Sunday saw the club’s 50 miles in 4 hours Reliability Ride on a route taking in Hooton Pagnall, Brodsworth, Carcroft, Trumfleet, Askern, Womersley, Ackworth, Brierley and Manvers.

Steve Myatt, Rodger Holmes, Philip Stewart Adams, Paul Mynett, Tony Lodge, Kath Brankin, Tim Littlewood, Chris Jenkins, Dave Hudson, Marc Peasegood, Roger Bacon and Alan Bullock enjoyed mostly good weather with some strong winds and a sleet shower in last 10 miles. Nevertheless all completed the ride within the 4 hour time limit.


A brief stop at Ackworth © C Jenkins

On the same day Dave Scargill rode in the British Masters Cycle Racing organised Harold Nelson Memorial Event for riders over 60 years old. The race at Darley Moor was the first in a series of 11 races throughout 2020. Over 32 laps of a 2.2km circuit five riders broke away from the start and with less than 15 laps to go Scargill escaped from the bunch for 3 laps until caught by a lone rider who worked together until the final sprint with Scargill finishing in 7th overall.

The previous day Trevor Mayne rode his first time trial of the season over a hilly circuit near Youlgreave in the Peak District. Over a course shortened by roadworks to 22 miles Mayne battled a strong headwind on the way out to record a time of 1h 05m 01s which placed him 12th overall and 6th veteran over 40 years of age.

This Sunday’s ride is to Langsett. Visitors are welcome. Meet at Brewers Fayre roundabout, Wombwell at 9am. More details on all the above can be found in the above links.