NRC honours Club legend with renaming of annual Open TT
Richard Byrne, Allan Bartlett and Andy Laycock represented the Club at our Open Time Trial on 21 May. It was the first Open event the Club has held for a couple of years and it attracted a good field of 50 riders from as far afield as Hull and Ross on Wye.
The event was dedicated to club legend, Dave Jones, who died last year, age 93, having been a member of the Club for over 75 years. Dave’s family donated a trophy which was awarded to Dave in 1957 in recognition of his achievements in Club events that year. This has now been re-named as the Dave Jones Memorial Cup and was awarded to the first placed veteran on the day. Members of Dave’s family were present to award the prizes.
The race was held over 25 miles on the A4 between Theale and Colthrop. Englefield Village Hall provided the headquarters for sign-in, live results and refreshments.
Sunny conditions and a moderate North Easterly wind made for very pleasant riding conditions and some fast times.
In the men’s competition, Luca Morrone (Onyx RT) took first place, covering the 25 miles in 52 minutes 12 seconds, followed by Henrik Persson (Fulfil The Potential Race Team, 52 minutes and 53 seconds) in second place and Henry Taysom (Ex Machina, 53 minutes 40 seconds) in third.
Laura Pittard (Brother UK - Team InForm) was the fastest woman (59 minutes 23 seconds) closely followed by Celia Brown (Elevate RT, 59 minutes 29 seconds) with Sue McFarlane (Army Cycling, 1 hour and 23 seconds) taking third place.
The first veteran and winner of the Dave Jones Memorial Cup was Linda Dewhurst from Team Milton Keynes, with an age adjusted time of 47 minutes 28 seconds. Second was Jeremy Redford from Army Cycling (51 minutes 19 seconds) and third was David Glossy from Elysium Kales Race Team (52:18).
The fastest rider on a road bike was Thomas Willan from Elevate RT. He covered the course in a very impressive 55 minutes and 59 seconds. Jymmy Trevor from City RC (Hull), a regular competitor in NRC Club TTs, was the fastest tricycle (1 hour 6 minutes 18 seconds). The fastest Tandem was Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott from Newbury Velo with 51 minutes and 55 seconds, the fastest time of the day.
The team prize for the fastest aggregate time by three riders was presented to Army cycling with an aggregate time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 3 seconds.
Congratulations to all the riders.
And a massive thanks from me to everyone who helped to make the event a success, including in no particular order; Bob Lyle, Ray Clarke, Alan Alewood, Dave Childs, Nicky Ager, Linda Green, Wendy Birchenough, George Catlow, John Murrell, Lorraine Murrell, Gareth Davies, Christina Gustafson (Reading CC), Claire Emons (a3crg) and Dave Jones’ family.
NRC host weekly TT events throughout the Summer and everyone is welcome to participate. You don’t need any special equipment, just a roadworthy bike and the curiosity to find out what you can achieve, and whether you can improve next time. To find out more or sign-up, visit newburyroadclub.co.uk/racing