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Weekly Report; (15/09/15)

By Neil Wilson.


The last club race of the season saw riders tackle the 25% slopes of Burnmouth Brae and it was the Scorey brothers who took the top two spots on the night.


Despite the bad weather of earlier in the day the club hill climb championships greeted all who raced and spectated with mild temperatures and calm conditions. 16 riders tacked the hill in front of a crowd of over 30 spectators and it was reigning champion Andrew Scorey who took the honours with a 2 minutes dead ride, to again equal the course record. William Scorey, who posted the fastest time of the early starters, wasn’t too far behind in second on 2’ 11”, but the closest clash was saved for third where Neil Wilson fell just 3 seconds short of Andy Warings earlier 2’ 27”.


Michelle Highfield made up for her unfortunate crash on the same hill last season to take the ladies title in 3’ 50”. Once again bad luck struck, as there were mishaps for two riders, Mark Jones found himself off the road and fell and guest rider Andy Iceton snapped his chain just metres before the finish line. Both riders managed to finish.

Results: Hill Climb Championship (Thurs; 3rd. September)

Riders

Finish Times

 Andrew Scorey

 2' 00"

William Scorey

2' 11"

Andrew Waring

2' 27"

Neil Wilson

2' 30"

Doug Robertson

2' 36"

Chris Cowe

2' 37"

Domonic Blythe

2' 43"

Andrew Icetom (Guest Rider)

2' 56"    (chain snapped 10yds from finish)

Ian Russell

2' 56"

Neil Cruikshanks

2' 59"

Brian Cowe

3' 34"

Ian Forsythe

3' 40"

Michelle Highfield (Lady)

3' 50"

Jim Blythe

3' 59"

Mark Jones

5' 00"    (fell 40 yds from finish but remounted)

Steven Grimwood

6' 22"

Weekly Report (02/09/15)

By Neil Wilson.


This week saw the last club 10 of the season held on the Pistols course and despite a strong westerly wind running down the course there were still a fair few PB's.


Some riders even turned up in fancy dress to mark the end of the TT season, pink was the dominant colour. Once the racing got underway Andrew Scorey signed off in style taking the win in a rapid 22’ 18”, Andy Waring lowered his PB for the third week running with a 23’ 11” and Doug Robertson placed third in 23’ 48”. Other notable performances came from Neil Cruickshanks, Ian Forsyth and Steven Grimwood, who all posted PB's.


This week sees the final club race of the year, the hill climb. The riders will tackle the brutal slope of Burnmouth Brae which has an overall gradient of 20% and reaches just a touch over 25% in places. There will be refreshments and nibbles after in Burnmouth Village Hall, all welcome. Riders are asked to please park considerately in the village, meeting at the top of the Brae 6.30 for a 7pm start.

Results: 10 miles TT (Thurs; 27th August)

Riders

Finish Times

 Andrew Scorey

 22' 18"

Andrew Waring

23' 11"    Personal Best Time!

Doug Robertson

23' 48"

Steve Rowley

24' 07"

Chris Cowe

24' 40"

Garry Smith

25' 15"

Neil Cruikshanks

25' 50"    Personal Best Time!

Pete Blythe

26' 21"

Joyce Mark (Lady & in fancy dress)

27' 02"

Jim Blythe

27' 22"

George & Ben Johnston (Tandem)

27' 26"

Ian Forsyth

28' 49"    Personal Best Time!

Steven Grimwood

30' 13"    Personal Best Time!

Michelle Highfield (Lady)

30' 23"

Alison Kerr (Lady & in fancy dress)

30' 40"

Samuel Johnston (Junior)

31' 42"

Emma Jones (Lady)

31' 56"

Weekly Review; 25/8/15

By Neil Wilson.


The final race of this season’s time trail league was held in fine conditions on what turned out to be the quickest night of the year so far. All eyes were on new member Chris Cowe and club old boy Dougie Robertson for the title race, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.


Dougie posted an excellent 23’ 43” ride to take second on time on the night from Andrew Waring (who set yet another personal best time with 23’ 18”) Chris managed to impressively slice over 30 seconds off his PB to come joint 3rd with Doug Slater in 24’ 28”, when all the times were in it was obvious that it was very close.

Chris took the win on handicap and the maximum 10 points which took him to a total of 54 out of a possible 60. Dougie took 9 points for second to take the overall title with 55 points, with Andrew in third on the night and in the title race on 45. It was even closer than all thought as Dougie took his nine points by just 2 seconds from Andrew and would have lost the title on countback had he been tied on points with Chris. That was not to be and Dougie, who had held the lead in the series for the whole season, ran out a deserved overall winner in the closest finish for many years.


The Ladies title was taken by Joyce Mark with new member Emma Jones second and Alison Kerr in third. There were no less than seven PB’s on the night and another good turn-out of 18 riders.


Club members were out in force at the weekend with seven riders participating alongside in the Ken Laidlaw sportive over a very challenging 103 mile course staring in Hawick, a fantastic day was had by all and everyone completed their ride.

Results: 10 miles TT & Round 8 in the points league (Thurs; 20th August)

Riders

Finish Times

Net Times

Points Scored

 Andrew Scorey

23' 18"    Personal Best Time!

20' 15"

8

Doug Robertson

23' 43"

20' 13"

9

Chris Cowe

24' 28"    Personal Best Time!

19' 48"

10

Doug Slater

24' 28"

21' 02"

2

Garry Smith

24' 14"

20' 45"

5

Joyce Mark (Lady)

25' 26"

20' 46"

4

Pete Blythe

26' 10"

20' 44"

7

Neil Cruikshanks

26' 23"

21' 09"

1

George & Ben Johnston (Tandem)

26' 29"    Personal Best Time!



Ian Russell

27' 26"    Personal Best Time!

20' 41"

6

Alison Kerr (Lady)

28' 20"

21' 01"

3

Brian Cowe (Guest)

29' 16"



Emma Jones (Lady)

29' 51"    Personal Best Time!

21' 26"


Michelle Highfield (Lady)

29' 58"    Personal Best Time!

21' 24"


Steven Grimwood (Guest)

30' 32"



Samuel Johnston (Junior)

30' 57"    Personal Best Time!

21' 16"


Lisa Sinton (Lady)

31' 59"

23' 00"


For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review; 18/8/15

By Neil Wilson.

Scorey scores big to gain 1st category status!

Andrew Scorey, Dom Blythe and Neil Wilson were in action mid-week in the Middlesbrough criteriums. With Dom and Neil racing first in the 4th cat event. The duo took it in turns to attack the field throughout the race and although they didn’t managed to forge a significant break Dom placed himself well in the closing stages and took an excellent 6th, which gave him enough points in the season to progress to a 3rd cat license.

Next up was Andrew in the 2-3-4 cat race, Neil joined in for some support and brought back a few breakaways before he tired, leaving it to Andrew to attack the field and generally string them all out throughout the remainder of the race, coming

into the last lap Andrew managed to pull back a couple of late escapees then narrowly missed out on the win taking second by less than half a wheel. The result gave Andrew the few points he required to gain his 1cat licence in only his second full road racing season, an outstanding achievement, given that he mainly races without teammates in the higher level races.

This week also saw the penultimate round of the time trial league. For once it was a good run out to the turn last night but a bit of an easterly wind on the return leg, however, with the temperature at 17c no one was complaining. 6 Personal Best’s on the night, Andy Waring was in top form with another 1st place and a PB in 23’ 21”, Doug Slater 2nd with 24’ 18” and Dougie Robertson just a few seconds back in 3rd with 24’ 21”. Further down the field Samuel Johnston had another PB with 41’ 47” whose dad George turned out with his younger brother Benjamin on the tandem and did an excellent time of 26’ 55”! Emma Jones and Jami Blyth both had good PBs, Emma Jones taking 8 points in the handicap league; she is now only 6 points off Joyce Mark with Wanda Field in third.

Dougie Robertson’s lead in the men’s competition is slowly being whittled down by Chris Cowe, with a 9 point score and a PB to boot Chris is on 45 points to Dougie’s 53, only 6 rides score and basically Chris will take the title if he finishes in front of Dougie in the points next week, it’s going to be a nail biter.

Results: 10 miles TT & Round 7 in the points league (Thurs; 13th August)

Riders

Finish Times

Net Times

Points Scored

Anderw Waring

23' 21"    Personal Best Time!

20' 13"

10

Douge Slater

24' 18"

20' 52"

6

Douge Robertson

24' 21"

20' 51"

7

Chris Cowe

25' 16"    Personal Best Time!

20' 35"

9

Joyce Mark (Lady)

26' 03"

21' 23"

2

Neil Cruikshanks

26' 21"

21' 07"

4

Gary Smith

26' 23"

21' 54"


Pete Blythe

26' 24"

20' 58"

5

George & Ben Johnston (Tandem)

26' 55"



Ian Russell

28' 43"

21' 38"

1

Wanda Field (Lady)

28' 50"

22' 35"


Alison Kerr (Lady)

29' 01"

21' 42"


Emma Jones (Lady)

30' 06"    Personal Best Time!

20' 49"

8

Ian Forsyth

30' 07"

21' 43"


Michelle Highfield (Lady)

30' 25"

21' 51"


Mark Jones

31' 14"

22' 10"


Samuel Johnston (Junior)

31' 47"    Personal Best Time!

21' 21"

3

Gill Caine (Lady)

31' 55"

25' 36"


Lisa Sinton (Lady)

32' 40"

23' 41"


Jami Blythe (Lady)

34' 53"    Personal Best Time!

22' 23"


For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review; 11/8/15

By Neil Wilson.


This weeks club time trial saw an excellent turnout of 20 riders for a 10 miler, the sun was out but a strong westerly wind again made it a hard ride to the turn. Despite the conditions Andrew Scorey took the win in a speedy time of 22’ 33” with Dom Blythe taking second on 23’ 59” and Steve Rowley a close third on 24’ 03”, Joyce Mark was first lady home in 26’ 39”.

At the weekend riders were in road race action in the hills around both West Calder and Penicuik. Neil Wilson and Andy Waring rode the Pedal Power race on Saturday on a stiff course with plenty of hills, Neil managed to hold on to the bunch till just before half distance and Andy rode strongly to finish in the pack on what was a very fast average speed of over 23 mph for the hilly course. Andrew Scorey raced in the VC Edinburgh road race on the Sunday as defending champion, despite being at the heart of the action throughout the race he couldn’t repeat his win of last year, his fourth place finish left him just one agonising point short of the 200 needed in a season to gain 1st category licence status, surely the 200 will come very soon.

Results: 10 mile TT (Thurs; 6th August)

Riders

Finish Times

 Andrew Scorey

22' 33"

Domonic Blythe

23' 59"

Steve Rowley

24' 03"

Doug Robertson

24' 46"

Doug Slater

24' 48"

Neil Wilson

25' 23"

Chris Cowe

25' 39"

Andrew Beeke

26' 05"

Neil Cruickshanks

26' 29"

Joyce Mark    (Lady)

26' 39"

Pete Blythe

26' 53"

Jim Blythe

27' 53"

Alison Kerr    (Lady)

29' 37"

Ian Forsyth

30' 39"

Michelle Highfield    (Lady)

31' 18"

Emma Jones    (Lady)

31' 50"

Mark Jones

32' 32"

Samuel Johnston    (Junior)

32' 47"

Lisa Sinton    (Lady)

33' 33"

Jami Blythe    (Lady)

35' 53"

Weekly Review (3rd August)

By Gill Caine.


Thursday night was another 10 mile time trial and for the second week in a row the sun was shining with a decent turnout of 17 riders.


It was great to welcome back ex Wheeler Steven Wilson who put in a good performance with a time of 28’ 14”. The general opinion was that it was a tough ride out to the turn but better on the return leg. Young Samuel Johnston who is new to solo time trial riding this season managed the only PB of the night coming in with a time of 32’ 47”. 1st place this week went to Andy Waring with 23’ 54” (even though he had to negotiate overtaking a tandem on the turn for a bit of variety) 2nd to Doug Robertson with 24’ 27” and 3rd was Doug Slater with 25’ 01”. Chris Cowe turned up on a TT specific bike this week and came in an excellent 4th with 25’ 28” with a few tweaks to be done to the bike setup he will be one to watch. There were 4 ladies out with Joyce Mark taking the honours in 26’ 34” followed by Wanda, Alison

The highlight of the evening was seeing the two club fast men turning up on a steel tandem. With spectators in double figures I guessed we were in for a treat! Andrew Scorey and Dom Blyth decided it was time to attempt a new club record so to the tandem they turned, they did it too! The record held by P. Fox / D. Mulholland and set in 1993 stood at 22’ 19”, Andrew & Dom managed a time of 22’ 09” for their first outing so they were more than happy with the result. They took a long time to appear back at the sign on, rumour was it had taken until Paxton to slow the beast down. I did spot a bit of an action packed turn (I think George Johnston may be recruited for some expert tandem skills) with Andy Wearing avoiding them however with a bit of practice I am sure their new club record won’t stand for long.


There are only two remaining league nights this season on 13th and 20th July and with only 12 points separating Doug Robertson in 1st and Chris Cowe in 2nd place there is still all to play for.


On the same day club member Gill Caine was taking part in Stage 27 of The Countrywide Great Tour of Britain which is a 64 day clockwise ride around the British coast. Only 6 riders are taking part in the complete distance however riders can join and take part in either single or multi days.


Sunday this week had Dom Blyth and Neil Wilson back down in Middelsbrough for the Teesside Clarion Crit Race, however no prizes this outing. They were both out on their new road bikes and with some dreadful weather common sense took over and the name of the game was to get round in one piece.

Results: 10 mile TT & round 7 in the Points League (Thurs; 30th July).

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Net Times

Points Scored

Andrew Waring

13' 25"​

23' 54"

20' 46"

10

Doug Robertson

13' 55"

24' 27"

20' 57"

8

Doug Slater

14' 01"

25' 01"

21' 35"

7

Chris Cowe

14' 45"

25' 28"

20' 47"

9

Andrew Beeke

16' 00"

26' 10"

22' 22"


Joyce Mark   (Lady)

15' 12"

26' 34"

21' 54"

4

Neil Cruikshanks

15' 11"

26' 56"

21' 42"

6

Pete Blythe

15' 25"

27' 11"

21' 45"

5

Jim Blythe

15' 46"

27' 52"

22' 05"

3

Steven Wilson   (Guest Rider)

15' 56"




Wanda Field   (Lady)

16' 11"

29' 03"

22' 48"


Ian Russell

16' 40"

29' 15"

22' 10"

1

Alson Kerr   (Lady)

17' 13"

30' 00"

22' 41"


Michelle Highfield   (Lady)

17' 58"

30' 14"

22' 40"


Mark Jones

18' 25"

31' 51"

22' 47"


Samuel Johnston   (Junior)

18' 50"

32' 47"     Personal Best Time!

22' 07"

2

For full listings see points league page.

Riders (Tandem)

Turn Times

Finish Times

 Andrew Scorey & Domonic Blythe​

12' 24"

22' 09"    New Club Tandem Record!

Weekly Review: (27th July)

Report by Gill Caine.


This weeks’ time trial was another 10 miler and round 5 of the annual 10 time trial league.

With 18 riders on the start line and the weather fairly standard for this season with a stiff westerly wind on the outward leg but with the added bonus of a good fast return to the finish.


Andrew Scorey was the fastest home with a time of 22’ 32”. Second went to Doug Robertson with 24’ 06” and third place was Doug Slater with 24’ 44”. Joyce Mark was 4th overall and the fastest lady with a time of 26’ 19”. With only three more rounds to complete in the 10 league there is still all to play for. Doug Robertson is ahead with 44 points; Steve Rowley and Chris Cowe are tied on 27, Andrew Scorey on 23 and Neil Cruickshanks on 22.5.


Saturday was the Wooler Wheel Big’Un sportive described as 207km (130 miles) distance with a total ascent of 3200m and not for the faint hearted!

Neil Cruickshanks was the only Wheeler out on the day he managed to get into a group of Haddington Road Club riders including Wheelers friend Darren Lindsay and completed the circuit in well under 8 hours.


Sunday saw Andrew Scorey down in Stamfordham taking part in the 60 mile 3 lap Thornton Trophy, a tough race with some stiff climbs. He missed out on the break away on this occasion and ended up in 13th position. Andrew travelled down with young Hamish Carrick who rides for Project 51 with Berwick Wheelers as his second club; he came in an excellent 3rd on the day. 

Michelle Highfield, Emma Jones, Joan Nisbet, Lisa Sinton & Gill Caine were in Denholm taking part in the inaugural Border Women’s Aid 100k Sportive (which was combined with the Rapha 100) which was a very well run ride taking in a good section of Borders towns and climbs. They completed the ride comfortably in less than 5 hours and managed a whole day of riding in the sun!

Results: 10TT & round 5 of the Points League (Thurs; 23rd July)

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Net Times

Points Scored

Andrew Scorey

22' 32"

20' 26"

10


Doug Robertson

13' 50"

24' 06"

20' 36"

9

Doug Slater

14' 17"

24' 44"

21' 18"

7

Joyce Mark (Lady)

15' 24"

26' 19"

21' 39"

5

Chris Cowe

15' 19"

26' 35"

21' 54"

1

Neil Cruickshanks

15' 11"

26' 44"

21' 30"

6

Pete Blythe

15' 52"

27' 12"

21' 46"

3

Ian Russell

16' 45"

28' 52"

21' 47"

2

Jim Blythe

17' 05"

29' 28"

23' 41"


Alison Kerr (Lady)

17' 24"

29' 52"

22' 33"


Ian Forsyth

17' 43"

30' 04"

21' 40"

4

Mark Jonse

17' 59"

30' 58"

21' 16"

8

Michelle Highfield   (Lady)

18' 10"

31' 12"

22' 38"


Emma Jonse   (Lady)

18' 38"

31' 25"

22' 08"


Gill Caine   (Lady)

17' 30"

31' 27"

25' 08"


Lisa Sinton   (Lady)

19' 24"

32' 26"

23' 27"


Joan Nisbet   (Lady)

21' 00"

35' 47"

34' 28"


Jami Blythe   (Lady)

21' 55"

36' 44"

24' 14"


For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review: (17th July)

By Neil Wilson.


This week club time trial was another 15 miler, as the hilly champs had to be postponed, due to roadworks on the Duns to Grantshouse course.


12 riders were greeted by strong easterly winds, which pointed to a fast leg to the turn and a very hard ride back. And so it panned out, as most found themselves at the turn in record time, only to then find an unrelenting barrier all the way back! Despite the conditions, Doug Robertson managed to post almost the same time as his ride last week to take 1st place in 36’ 34”, with Doug Slater in second on 38’ 19” and Neil Wilson close behind in third with a 38’ 34” Joyce Mark, returning from her European champs success, was the fastest lady in a very creditable 40’ 09” for an excellent 4th place overall.


Andrew Scorey and Dom Blythe were off in search of road racing points down at criteriums near Middlesborough on the same evening. Despite Dom pushing the pack hard all the way in his 4th cat race he just missed out on a top 10 placing in the sprint for the line. Andrew continued his return to form with a well-earned win in the 2/3/4 category race, breaking away in a small group early on and then taking the sprint for the line. He followed that result up with another good placing, 8th, in his second race of the night.

Results: 15 mile TT (Thurs; 16th July)

Riders

Finish Times

Doug Robertson

36' 34"

Doug Slater

38' 19"

Neil Wilson

38' 34"

Joyce Mark   (Lady)

40' 09"

Neil Crickshanks

40' 55"

Pete Blythe

41' 18"

Jim Blythe

42' 03"

Ian Russell

44' 19"

Alison Kerr   (Lady)

45' 37"

Mark Jones

47' 51"

Michelle Highfield   (Lady)

48' 18"

Jami Blythe   (Lady)

56' 23"

Weekly Review: (14th June)

By Neil Wilson.


This weeks report starts with a Triathlon, as Joyce Mark wins her fourth consecutive European sprint triathlon title.


Joyce put in a very strong swim in the first leg and followed that up with quick times in the bike and run sections to take the win in Geneva by more than two minutes, a fantastic result on its own, but four in a row is really something quite special.


The previous evening saw the club hold its 15 mile championship on the Sinclairs Hill course. It was a case of de ja vu as Andrew Scorey took the title followed by Dom Blythe, in yet another PB, and Doug Robertson in third, exactly the same result as the 25 champs two weeks earlier. In the ladies event, with Joyce away at the European champs there was a chance for a new champion, Wanda Field promptly took her first club title with Alison Kerr in second and Emma Jones third. Doug Robertson also took the veterans standard award.

At the weekend Andrew Scorey made his return to road racing after his bad crash a few weeks ago. At the Stockton Riverside Criterium Andrew was part of an eight man breakaway that made it all the way to the finish in the main event of the day, he took fourth place in the sprint to the line, not bad for his first race back.

Results: 15 mile Club Championship (Thurs; 9th July)

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Vets Standard

Andrew Scorey

17' 40"

34' 51"    Mens Champion!


Domonic Blythe

18' 04"

36' 02"    Personal Best Time!


Doug Robertson

18' 36"

36' 38"

+4' 12"

Neil Wilson

19' 10"

39' 09"

+1' 07"

Andrew Beeke

20' 03"

39' 46"


Jim Blythe

20' 30"

41' 06"

+0' 37"

Pete Blythe

20' 30"

41' 07"


Neil Cruickshanks

20' 25"

41' 21"


Wanda Field   (Lady)

20' 45"

42' 03"    Ladies Champion!

+0' 22"

Ian Russell

21' 27"

43' 19"    Personal Best Time!


Alison Kerr   (Lady)

22' 10"

45' 31"


Ian Forsythe

22' 30"

46' 33"


Emma Jones   (Lady)

24' 18"

48' 22"    Personal best Time!


Lisa Sinton   (Lady)

25' 30"

50' 20"


Jami Blythe   (Lady)

26' 35"

53' 56"    Personal Best Time!


Weekly Review (8th July)

By Neil Wilson.


Round four of the season long time trial league saw Chris Cowe ride a huge PB and take the 10 points on offer for first place on handicap.


On a night that saw no less than four Personal Best's Chris had the stand out ride, beating his PB by nearly a minute with a 25 17”, league leader Doug Robertson continued to stretch out his points tally with a 23’ 53” and 9 points, Steve Rowley was close behind, just another second back, with a 23’ 54” for the 8 points

.

Andrew Scorey was fastest on the night with a 22’ 46”, Doug's time took second and Steve Rowley was third. Of the other racers Ian Russell and Neil Cruickshanks and Emma Jones all deserve mention, Ian knocking a big slice of his PB with a 28’ 16” and Neil breaking 26 minutes for the first time with a 25’ 59” and Emma Jones with a 31’ 15”.


Going into the second half of the time trial league season Doug has 35 points, Steve lies second with 27 and Chris is just behind on 26, the leading lady is Wanda Field.

Results: 10 mile TT & Round 4 in the points league (Thurs; 2nd July)

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Points Scored

Andrew Scorey

12' 50"

22' 46"

5

Doug Robertson

13' 33"

23' 53"

9

Steven Rowley

13' 28"

23' 54"

8

Andrew Waring

14' 10"

25' 14"


Chris Cowe

13' 55"

25' 17"    Personal Best Time!

10

Andrew Beeke

14' 20"

25' 33"


Joyce Mark   (Lady)

14' 32"

25' 39"

3

Gary Smith

14' 24"

25' 45"


Neil Cruickshanks

14' 40"

25' 59"    Personal Best Time!

6.5

Pete Blythe

15' 02"

26' 35"


Jim Blythe

15' 12"

26' 49"

2

Wanda Field   (Lady)

15' 29"

27' 20"

1

Ian Russell

16' 06"

28' 19"    Personal Best Time!

6.5

Alison Kerr  (Lady)

16' 14"

28' 38"

4

Gill Caine   (Lady)

16' 54"

29' 34"


Colin Cairnsford   (Guest Rider)

17' 15"

30' 25"    Personal best Time!


Michelle Highfield   (Lady)

17' 30"

30' 32"


Lisa Sinton   (Lady)

17' 53"

30' 59"


Emma Jonse   (Lady)

17' 43"

31' 15"    Personal best Time!


For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review: (30th June.)

By Neil Wilson.


The final round of this years Border Trophy series was held in Hawick on a warm but windy night. Kelso Wheelers were holding a good lead over the rest of the clubs so realistically the race was on for the runner up spot. Berwick unfortunately found themselves with only 6 starters with a number of riders being unavailable through injury and other commitments, this left them in 4th place overall which was a disappointing end to the series. Despite this there were notable performances on the night with Dom Blythe placing 9th on a 23’ 45” ride for the 10 hilly miles and Doug Robertson posting a 24’ 29” on his spare bike after his mishap in the Kelso leg the previous week.


Onto Thursday… and the second club championship of the season. The 25 miler. With all eyes were on Andrew Scorey but the big question was, what time could he do on a warm summers evening. It was tougher out to the turn than expected but Andrew posted a 58’ 44” to take another title, Dom Blythe continued his great form to beat the hour for the first time in taking second place in 59’ 54” and Doug Robertson placed third in 1h 02’ 09” In the ladies race Joyce Mark came in first with a 1h 08’ 36” Wanda Field was second in 1h 11’ 04” and Alison Kerr took third in 1h 18’ 00” The veterans standard was taken by Doug Robertson, Joyce was closed behind in second and Steve Rowley took third.

Results: 25 mile TT Championship & Handicap event (Thurs; 25th June.)

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Vets' Stanadard

Seniors Handicap

Andrew Scorey

32' 45"

58' 44"    Mens Champion!



Domonic Blythe

33' 20"

59' 54"    Personal Best Time!


45' 17" Net.

Doug Robertson

34' 23"

1h 02' 09"

+6' 42"


Steven Rowley

34' 49"

1h 03' 05"

+3' 33"


Neil Wilson

35' 11"

1h 03' 52"

+3' 09"


Andrew Beeke

37' 21"

1h 07' 26"

-1' 13"


Neil Cruikshanks

37' 45"

1h 08' 26"    Personal Best Time!

-2' 26"


Joyce Mark   (Lady)

38' 16"

1h 08' 36"     Ladies Champion!

+5' 59"


Chris Cowe

38' 05"

1h 08' 36"    Personal Best Time!

-1' 23"


Jim Blythe

38' 36"

1h 09' 52"

+0' 32"


Wanda Field   (Lady)

39' 24"

1h 11' 04"

+0' 24"


Alison Kerr   (Lady)

43' 19"

1h 18' 00"

-5' 26"


Ian Forsythe

43' 33"

1h 18' 03"    Personal best Time!

-10' 29"


Weekly Review: (23rd June)

By Neil Wilson.


It was the wheelers turn to host the Border trophy time trial series last week, round three was held over 10 miles on the Pistols course near Paxton. A record turn-out of 58 riders tackled very testing conditions, the wheelers finally fired on all cylinders taking second placed team on the night.


20 mile an hour winds greeted the riders to the turn which meant for a hard ride out but some riders then came back at speeds approaching 40 mph. The standout ride for the club was Joyce Mark whose 26’ 44” was only 40 odd seconds of her seasons best, when most riders were at least a minute down. With just one round to go in Hawick, Berwick lie third but are within touching distance of Gala in second, with Kelso leading and looking virtually uncatchable.


Saturday saw Doug Slater travel to Cumbria and despite more poor conditions Doug rode a seasons best of 22’ 15” for the 10 miles.


Gill Caine took part in an Audax ride over 100km in East Lothian on the Sunday but the ride of the week came from Domonic Blythe on the same day. Racing in the Malton Town Centre Criterium in Yorkshire, Dom was close to the front for most of the race, with two riders already off the front he took his chance with 1 lap to go of the 1 mile circuit, jumping away with the whole field chasing him he managed to hold them off for a fantastic third place, his first time on the podium.

Club Results: (Border Trophy round 3 - Berwick, Thurs; 18th June)

Riders

Finish Time

Andrew Scorey

24' 23"

Graham Simpson

25' 36"

Doug Robertson

25' 44"

Neil Wilson

25' 48"

Adam Fletcher

26' 08"

Joyce Mark   (Lady)

26' 44"

Gary Smith

27' 07"

Andrew Beeke

27' 15"

Chris Cowe

27' 38"

Jim Blythe

28' 42"

Wanda Field   (Lady)

29' 36"

Weekly Review: (16th June)

By Neil Wilson.


A busy week for the Wheelers started with Round One of the Border Trophy at Galashiels. Despite only being able to field nine riders, the team finished third on the night, with the stand out performance coming from Dom Blythe, his 23’ 13” for 10miles setting a new PB.


Thursday night's club time trial was the second 15miler of the season and Andrew Waring once again posted another PB with his ride of 35’ 56” and took another race win, Doug Robertson took second in 36’ 26” and Doug Slater third with a 36’ 50”. There were no less than nine PB's in a field of 19 starters including Neil Cruickshanks, Ian Russell, Mark Jones, Wanda Field, Ian Forsyth, Lisa Sinton, Chris Cowe and Robert Patterson.


On to Saturday and Chris Isats and Doug Slater were in fine form down in North Yorkshire with Doug posting a new 25mile PB in 56’ 34” and Chris placing 8th overall with a 52’ 13”. Sunday saw Doug racing again, this time with Neil Wilson, Dom and Jim Blythe at the Nissan criteriums near Sunderland. In the 4th Cat event Dom took an excellent 9th place in the bunch sprint with Neil just behind. They then joined Doug in the next race for 3rd and 4th Category riders – all three spent time off the front in various breakaways during the race, with Neil placing best in the sprint finish just inside the top 20.


Then on Monday night was Round Two of the Border Trophy at Kelso. The team struggled with only eight riders as Andrew Scorey, who took a bad fall in a Scottish Championship race the day before in Stirling, wasn't able to ride. The bad luck got worse when Dougie Robertson snapped his forks on the start-line and had to use somebody else's bike to race. Fourth place on the night for the team with Doug Slater 23’ 02”, Dom Blythe 23’ 24” and Dougie Robertson 24’ 35” being the standout rides.


The Border Trophy moves on to Berwick this Thursday and Hawick finishes the series the following Tuesday.

Results: 15 mile TT (Thurs; 15th June)

Riders

Finish Time

Andrew Waring

35' 56"    Personal Best Time!

Doug Robertson

36' 26"

Doug Slater

36' 50"

Neil Wilson

37' 33"

Gary Smith

39' 13"

Chris Cowe

39' 34"    Personal Best Time!

Joyce Mark  (Lady)

39' 37"

Neil Criuckshanks

39' 57"    Personal Best Time!

Andrew Beeke

41' 08"

Wanda Field   (Lady)

41' 18"    Personal Best Time!

Robert Patterson   (Private)

42' 09"    Personal Best Time!

 Alison Kerr   (Lady)

44' 02"

Ian Russell

44' 08"    Personal Best Time!

Ian Forsythe

45' 39"    Personal Best Time!

Michelle Highfield   (Lady)

47' 11"

Mark Jonse

47' 50"    Personal Best Time!

Lisa Sinton   (Lady)

48' 30"    Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review: (10th June)

By Neil Wilson.


Round three of the time trial league saw Doug Robertson take maximum points on the first warm evening race of the club time trial season. His 23’ 52” may not have quite been the fastest of the night but it was more than enough to win on handicap from Andy Waring and Dom Blythe.


It was a night for the fast men to take the main points in the league as well as on overall time with Andy Waring scoring his second win of the year with an excellent 23’ 27”, another PB, and Doug Robertson backing up his win on handicap with an excellent second, Doug Slater continued his strong start to the season with third in 23’ 58”.

Joyce Mark was first lady home in 26’ 01” with Wanda Field second on 27’ 38” and Alison Kerr third in 29’ 43”. Further down the field there were another four excellent PBs for new members Sean Douglas, Ian Russell, Lisa Sinton and 12 year old Samuel Johnston. Doug Robertson has opened up a significant lead in the league series on 26 points with Steve Rowley back in second on 19 and Andy Waring third on 18.

Andrew Scorey was racing in Dunfermline on the same night, he continued his excellent season with a strong 9th place racing in a large field of 70 riders, many of whom are currently riding in higher license categories than Andrew. He continued that form with a strong 5th place at Hetton le Hole on Saturday, also taking the day's 'most combative' award. Surely it won't be long till he makes enough points to become a 1st category rider - in under two full seasons on the road, that would be some achievement.


On Sunday Wanda Field took first place in the veterans category at the Druidge Bay standard distance triathlon and third placed lady overall. Joyce Mark, competing for Tweed Triathlon Club, also won her super vet sprint event and was first lady overall.

Results: 10 mile TT & points league round 3 (Thurs; 4th June)

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Points Scored

Andrew Waring

11' 50"

23' 27"    Personal Best Time!

9

Doug Robertson

12' 05"

23' 52"

10

Doug Slater

12' 10"

23' 58"

7

Domonic Blythe

12' 08"

24' 02"

8

Steven Rowley

12' 08"

24' 14"

5

Joyce Mark    (Lady)

13' 18"

26' 01"

2

Chris Cowe

14' 02"

26' 04"

6

Neil Cruickshanks

13' 10"

26' 19"

4

Jim Blythe

13' 55"

27' 25"


Wanda Field    (Lady)

13' 51"

27' 38"

1

Pete Blythe

14' 11"

27' 49"


Sean Douglas

14' 40"

29' 08"    Personal Best Time!


Ian Russell

14' 40"

29' 18"    Personal Best Time!

3

Alisn Kerr    (lady)

14' 47"

29' 43"


Ian Forsyth

15' 20"

30' 21"


Lisa Sinton    (lady)

15' 34"

30' 51"    Personal Best Time!


Michelle Highfield    (Lady)

15' 28"

31' 04"


Samuel Johnston    (Junior)

16' 20"

33' 05"    Personal Best Time!


Joan Nisbet    (lady)

17' 16"

33' 39"


For more info: see points league page.

Weekly Review: (3rd June)

By Neil Wilson.


Andrew Scorey took another excellent win, this time in the warm up race to the professionals, in round 4 of the Pearl Izumi Criterium series at Motherwell last Tuesday evening. Andrew attacked in the very early stages of his race and managed to create a 12 second lead until another rider bridged the gap to join him. The two worked well for the rest of the race resulting in the gap opening to around 18 seconds with one lap to go. Andrew placed himself well coming into the last corner and sprinted hard on the up-hill finish to take a convincing win by a number of bike lengths.


Fast forward to Thursday…

In the club time trial on the Thursday 15 hardy souls took on horrible conditions over 25 miles. A strong headwind on the way out was followed up with heavy showers. This made many of the fast corners on the course treacherous within just a few minutes. Despite the conditions Andrew Scorey managed to beat the hour for his ride, taking the win with a 59’ 17” ride. Many riders reached speeds of 40mph on the way home with a tailwind, but suffering was the name of the game for many as the cold wind reduced the temperature into the low single digits. Second place was very close, Steve Rowley eventually edged out last weeks race winner Andy Waring by just 9 seconds with a 1h 03’ 26” to Andy’s 1h 03’ 35” which was yet another personal best ride for Andy this season. A scattering of PBs through the field was testament to the effort given by all. In particular, Lisa Sinton, who knocked no less than 5 minutes off her best time, on such an awful night.


On Friday Dom Blythe travelled to Barrow in Furness to race in another Pearl Izumi Criterium series support race. In a very competitive field Dom finished in the top a very solid ride considering much of his opposition was a category above him.

Results: 25 mile TT (Thurs; 28th May)

Riders

Turn Times

Finish Times

Andrew Waring

35' 16"

59' 17"

Steven Rowley

38' 04"

1h 03' 15"

Andrew Waring

37' 50"

1h 03' 24"    Personal Best Time!

Doug Robertson

39' 15"

1h 05' 33"

Domonic Blythe

39' 14"

1h 06' 32"    Personal Best Time!

George Johnston

39' 44"

1h 06' 56"

Chris Cowe

42' 36"

1h 11' 10"

Neil Cruikshanks

42' 34"

1h 11' 30"

Joyce Mark   (Lady)

43' 08"

1h 11' 57"

Pete Blythe

45' 58"

1h 16' 17"

Wanda Field   (Lady)

54' 27"

1h 18' 32"

Alison Kerr   (Lady)

51' 29"

1h 24' 24"

Lisa Sinton   (Lady)

53' 55"

1h 27' 13"    Personal Best Time!

Michelle Highfield   (Lady)

54' 32"

1h 28' 36"

Mark Jones

54' 54"

1h 30' 13"    Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review: (25th May)

By Neil Wilson.


This weeks club time trial saw a first club race win for new member Andy Waring.


10 riders signed up for the first of the two 16 Mile Hilly Time Trials. The temperature had just struggled into double figures and the wind was kind on the way out to the turn at Grantshouse but proved a bit more challenging on the return leg. It was great to see four of this seasons new members taking on this course. Andy took the honors in a time of 44’ 44” which was a great result considering from the Cleugh back to Duns he was struggling with only one working chain ring. Dougie Robertson took second place in a time of 46:26 which was only 10 seconds off his personal best and Steve Rowley (who had to stop up the Cleugh and put his chain back on) in third place with 46’ 31”. George Johnston was in 4th with 47’ 42” and Chris Cowe in 5th with a great time of 50’ 10” for his first run over this course. Joyce Mark took the win for the ladies with 54’ 30” and Michelle Highfield took 2nd place.


On the same night five riders skipped the club time trial to take part in the Ingleston criteriums. Dom Bythe, Jim Blythe, Andrew Scorey, Doug Slater and Neil Wilson certainly didn't come back empty handed either. The first 4th category race of the night saw Dom and Neil in action, the strong headwind on the back of the course canceled out all the breakaway attempts and into the final corner both riders were well placed, Dom faded slightly but Neil jumped through the bunch to take an excellent 7th place, his best ever result in a crit, with Dom not far behind in 15th. 

Race two, another 4th category, was Doug and Jims turn, a very quick first few laps at 26-27 mph saw Jim struggling and out the back of the bunch, Doug held a good position throughout the race and even spent a lap off the front in a breakaway attempt, coming round the last bend saw Doug jump hard near the front and he demolished the opposition to take a great win by over five bike lengths, Jim came in a lap down having spent a large part of the race riding alone on a very windy circuit, an excellent effort.


The main race of the night saw Andrew defending his lead for the overall series. Instead of perhaps marking his rivals work Andrew was on the attack from the start, the action was fast and furious and by the time the bunch came round for the last lap just one rider was off the front, Andrew took the bunch sprint for second place easily and with it the overall series win, his third crit series win in a row and continuing his outstanding series of results for the season.


At the weekend Michelle Highfield and Alison Kerr took part in the big route of the 5 Dales Sportive. This year saw a repeat of last year's upgraded Tour de France Special Edition with routes modified and extended to 118, 85 and 60 miles to take in 3, 2 and 1 respectively of the feature ascents (Kidstones Pass, Butter Tubs Pass & Grinton Moor) from last year’s Stage 1.

Results: 16 mile 'hilly' TT (Thurs; 21st May)

Riders

Finish Times

Andrew Waring

44' 44"    Personal Best Time!

Doug Robertson

46' 26"