TSC Take Victory in Season Opener
In her first ever cross ride Nina Snook of Finland, soloed to a sensational victory in the first round of the NECCL at Harwick Park, Durham. Full report to follow…
TSC Complete first Cross ride
TSC members Andrew, Billy & William completed Round 9 of the CXNE League held in their home town of Durham.
On a bright, cold, crisp afternoon at Durham’s racecourse cricket ground, 50 riders were on the start line for the 1:30pm Senior open. The race got off to a frantic pace and the TSC boys were happy to keep out of the melee and allow fans to get a photos of the boys together at the back in their team jerseys. The decision by at least one member to drink non-alcoholic lager the previous night quickly looked to be a waste of time as several climbs of the step sections before hitting the ‘Durhamberg’ sapped energy from the legs.
TSC were down on numbers as Allan missed out due to work commitments while the injured Colin and Nina moved seemlessly into Soigneur and Photographer roles in the pits, however the 3 team members proudly battled on, all achieving their goal of completing the course. As the bell was sounded for the final lap, the lads continued in their team formation, practicing their through and off technique ready for their summer season.
A mad dash for the line saw TSC register respectable 47th, 48th and 49th positions, only 3 laps down on impressive race winner Tony Fawcett of Team Scott UK.
A video of the Race can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/cQ-e3d08u4Q
The Way of the Roses 2011 VIDEO:http://youtu.be/mwZvh8OAQkA
Starting at 8am in Morecambe on Saturday Nov 5th, the team were on a mission to beat the darkness and arrive in Boroughbridge before closing time at the The White Swan Inn. This meant that day one was to be a total of 92 miles and enjoyable miles they were. Delightful country lanes without a car insight for almost the whole length of the ride. Plenty of climbing had to be done, particularly out of Settle as this 1 in 4 monster tested even the legs of the Ventoux Victors and Alp Achievers, but of course, it hill was beaten and the lads moved on, arriving at their campsite in Minskip after 15 miles of cycling in the pitch black and just in time for a catch up with owner Jim, a couple of quick tins and a visit to the official TSC pub of Minskip.
Another early morning followed, as the team headed the final 73 miles to the finish line at Bridlington. Again a couple of climbs tested the legs, but nothing tested the lads n lasses resolve more than the worst cycle path in history out of York, as a puncture and then road block delayed the TSC mission. A 8ft fence was climbed and they were on their way, arriving in Brid in time to crack open a Carlsberg and take a picture for their appearance in Cycling Weekly.
Overall a fantastic route, perfect for cycle touring whether on road or mountain bike. Probably the best Sustrans route the lads n lass have ridden.
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