Northallerton 50 Challenge Ride – Report 2013

Northallerton 50 Challenge Ride – Sunday, 17 March 2013

After a few sage words of advice organiser Dave Kirton happily left Bryan Bevis to see all the riders off from Marton shops with his traditional clarion call of ‘Remember it’s not a bloody road race!’

Paul Howe and Nick Smith modelling the soon to be departing CW top

Paul Howe and Nick Smith modelling the soon to be departing CW top

With that ringing in their ears around 60 riders enjoyed a well timed break in the weather to tackle the first of the new Cleveland Wheelers Challenge Rides. It was good to see so many new riders out, some enjoying riding in a group for the first time. The route, which was developed from the old tourist trial route, proved to be relatively easy going until Northallerton but started to take its toll after this with a mixture of rolling roads, heavy surfaces, a biting wind and tired legs all testing the riders mettle. Everyone got safely back to be welcomed and ticked off (from the start sheet that is, not scolded!) at Chapters Deli by Bryan and Margaret Bevis. Among these was the youngest participant 12 year old Ross Turner. Ross has been doing some of the Club Runs with his dad Steve and coped admirably with the 52 mile challenge.

Ross and Steve Turner looking fresh at the start

Ross and Steve Turner looking fresh at the start

Mudguards and Saddlebags

For those of you that aren’t aware there is a trophy up for grabs for Cleveland Wheelers riders that complete the Challenge Rides over the year. It is called the Tourist Trophy and if you want to know how to win it you will need to set some time aside to delve into the club’s constitution on the website. I started to read through it but gave up, but what I do know is you get extra points for bikes fitted with proper mudguards and a saddle bag. Mudguards are quite straightforward but saddlebags aren’t. In Bryan Bevis we have our own version of a UCI Commissaire who will apply a rigorous scientific method to determine what a saddlebag actually is when scrutinising bikes on the start line. When is a saddlebag not a saddlebag? Well it’s not a saddlebag if it doesn’t have a detrimental aero effect and if it cannot accommodate a generous sandwich. To play it safe make sure that it is about 18 inches wide and made of leather. Riders who passed the Bevis Saddlebag inspection were Tim Swales, John Carr and Andrew Howe. Interestingly ‘King of the Saddlebag’ Paul Howe is not ticked as having a saddlebag, did he give his to Andrew? New CW rider John Kelly Jr not content with winning the Freewheeling trophy has thrown his hat into the ring for the Tourist Trophy with both guards and saddlebag, we will have to keep an eye on this man and his ruthless push for domination. Another rider who would have put himself in contention is Mike Jeffries who also passed the Bevis test for guards and bag but unfortunately for him seems unable to negotiate the complexities of the royal mail and send his £10 to Dave Kirton along with his membership form. A tragic waste!

Bryan Bevis gets John Kelly to sign something to confirm that he is the original (and best?) John Kelly and not the new interloper and pretender to his crown!

Bryan Bevis gets John Kelly to sign something to confirm that he is the original (and best?) John Kelly and not the new interloper and pretender to his crown!

Next up is the Mountain Challenge on the 19th May. This is a radical rethink of the old mountain tourist trial and will take us over some remote and spectacular North York Moors roads, with the odd testing climb thrown in. Those who get round this will have earned their cuppa at the end! There is also an ‘option’ for those who love hills that will take in Rosedale Chimney and Blakey Bank. More details will follow on the site including a detailed route map and description. Organiser Dave Kirton’s advice for this one will no doubt be ‘watch out for the sheep!’

Below is a list of all the riders who ‘officially’ (that means paid up in full!) registered for and completed the ride

Cleveland Wheelers Riders

  • Steve ‘the Spinner’ Turner
  • Ross Turner (youngest finisher)
  • Robert Lee
  • Nick Smith
  • Mike ‘the Bullettt’ Rennison
  • Graeme ‘the Mechanic’ Tate
  • Paul ‘Excuses’ Christon
  • Dave ‘Dash Board Warning Lights’ Kirton
  • Brian Lees
  • Simon Coates
  • John ‘the Original’ Kelly
  • John ‘the New and not quite 10% improved’ Kelly
  • James Gash
  • Ryan Murray
  • John Carr
  • David ‘New Dave’ Williams
  • Ellis ‘The Power’ Hutchinson
  • Mick ‘Full Tilt’ Storey
  • Richard Danks
  • Paul ‘the Saddlebag’ Howe
  • Andrew Howe
  • Tim Swales
  • Terry Lunn
  • Ian Hatcher
  • Vince Kelly

Other Riders

  • Dallas Newton
  • Les Wheatcroft
  • Ian ‘Techno’ Jones
  • Kevin McLoughlin
  • Stefan McLoughlin
  • Ian Tyerman
  • Meirion Hughes
  • Shaun O’Shea
  • Mike ‘Will he ever pay his tenner and join us?’ Jeffries
  • Brian Watson
  • Mark ‘Mad Dog’ Jenkins
  • Dave Lund
  • Darren Pine
  • Stephen Hatcher
  • Katie Simpson
  • Rob Leason
  • Bob Wicks
  • Calum Stevens
  • Marcus Wilson
  • Eric Short
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