Updated: Apr 2
Whilst Lockdown sadly put a stop to the annual Newbury Road Club Awards Ceremony, it did not stop the Club recognising the achievements of its members and riders in the 2020 racing season. And, in a season shortened by events, there were many great personal performances across the Club.
The Club ran its own series of 10 and 25-Mile Cycling Time Trials on local courses around the county, and its racing members took part in other TTs further afield.
Club TT Rider of the Year: Claire Emons
The outstanding cyclist and Club TT Rider of the Year was Claire Emons [pictured], who lives and trains in Newbury. Locally, Claire swept the NRC Ladies trophy board. She won the ‘Ladies 10-Mile TT Champion’ in a time of 23:52 and the ‘Ladies 25-Mile TT Champion’ in 58:13 – faster than many of the men! She was also crowned ‘Veteran 10-Mile TT Champion’ and ‘25-Mile TT Champion’. Claire also shaved 20 seconds of her all time 10 mile personal best with a time of 21:36.
At National Level, Claire was placed 2nd Lady in the VTTA ‘National Short Distance Competition’ comprising 2 x 10-Mile and 2 x 25-Mile events through the season. Claire was also awarded London and Home Counties Best Veteran on Standard for 10 miles with a +7.35 and Best Veteran on Standard for 25 miles with a +18.25.
Men's TT Club Champion: Tristan Davenne
In the men’s events, NRC Club rider Tristan Davenne won both the ‘10-Mile TT Club Champion’ title (23:17) and the ‘25-Mile TT Club Champion’ title (58:06).
Ian Sharp won the Non-aero Championship title over 10 miles in 26:39.
Other Club riders who achieved success included Marion Templeman (2nd Ladies 10-Mile Championship, 2nd 10-Mile Veteran’s Championship), Peter Brooke-Wavell (3rd 10-Mile Championship), Ian Chitty (3rd 25-Mile Championship), Steve Dawes (3rd 25-Mile Veterans Championship), Graham Morrison (2nd Non-aero championship) and Wei Tsung Yau (3rd Non-aero Championship).
Life-time personal bests were also achieved over 10- and 25-miles for Peter Brooke-Wavell, Ian Chitty, Steve Dawes and Graham Morrison with Ian Sharp achieving a life-time personal best over 10-miles.
Allan Bartlett, David Taylor and Wei Tsung Yau who took up time trialling in 2020 saw big improvements in their times over the season.
On a non-racing note Dave Jones, who has been a member of NRC for over 70 years and who also turned 90 in the summer, clocked up an impressive 8,324 miles in the year.
Congratulations to all riders who took part in TTs in 2020.
It was a challenging year for cycle racing and the Club is looking forward to restarting its 2021 TT series on Easter Monday 5th April with an open 25-Mile race.