The opening of the SB Sports Injuries Series was marred by an accident that took a lot of the shine off the return of time trialling in earnest in Shropshire Cycling Clubs Association’s Spring 10 No.1 – The Dave Fanning Memorial. Held in memory of the rider so tragically killed whilst training near Llangollen in January, David Griffiths had looked to honour Dave with a determined effort to win using Dave’s classic – and eclectic – bike. With a course change enforced due to road works at Peplow, the Cold Hatton – Shawbirch reserve was called into use. Having already just caught his second minuteman after starting from scratch position a car inexplicably pulled out at Crudgington crossroads, with Griffiths forced to brake violently and skid sideways twice to avoid hitting the vehicle across his path, showing superb bike handling skills according to a witness. However, the significant stresses put through the classic frame saw the bars come away a matter of a few hundred yards later, resulting in nasty facial injuries and a stay in Princess Royal Hospital. Griffiths had, up to that point, looked likely to win based on comparison with the times of the riders he overtook, and the crash cast a shadow over the fine intentions of remembering Dave and taking his bike out for a final competitive spin.
Understandably rider comments included concern for Griffiths, with the event won with a strong effort of 21 minutes 39 seconds by Tim Beardmore. The Bridgnorth CC rider struggled like many with a strong, hampering crosswind which hampered progress, but was pleased to take the win, stating: “It looked a nice sunny day for a time trial, but the blustery crosswind made things very testing. I was being blown all over the place. I just went out hard and tried to hang on. Very pleased with my power, and to take the win. Sorry to learn of David Griffiths’ accident, I hope he makes a speedy recovery”.
Beardmore has been on great early season form with this his second win in as many races, beating Revolutions Racing’s Dean Callister into the runner-up spot by a solid 22 seconds. Callister posted a fine 22:01 but also struggled in the wind which despite warm and bright conditions added an extra dimension to proceedings: “It’s great to be back racing but a shock to the system. The wind made it difficult on top of it being my first time out on the time trial bike. Well done to Tim for the win, and thanks for Propel CC for putting on the event”.
Third placed rider Tomos Hales also suffered in the conditions, but showed improved form over 2021 to record 22:15, beating Beardmore’s team mate Jonathan Mills-Keeling by seven seconds. The Wrekinsport rider commented: “I was happy with the first 10 mile time trial of the year. It was rather tough with the crosswind, however I felt fine when I was racing. Thanks to Propel CC for the well organised event and all their marshals who helped out”.
Beardmore finished runner-up in the SB Veterans Championship in +5:12, with Deb Hutson-Lumb taking the win, something she’s more than accustomed to in a fabulous +5:47. As seems almost obligatory she also took the Women’s win too with a fine 24:14, 59 seconds ahead of visiting Fibrax-Wrexham rider Frances Owen. The Wrekinsport rider stated: “It was a great first event, thank you Propel who even sorted out the sunshine. The wind made for a tough ride though. Well done to everyone who raced, and I hope David Griffiths recovers quickly”.
Reigning SB Veterans Champion Mills-Keeling had to settle for third Veteran with +4:24, 10 seconds ahead of a strong challenge from HafreN CC’s Bryn Davies. The Bridgnorth CC rider was pleased to be back in action, commenting: “A very gusty wind, it was all over the place. Great to be racing again, enjoying it – thanks to all for putting on the racing and all involved in making it happen”.
Despite those conditions one rider at least went away delighted by a new personal best, with 15 year-old North Shropshire Wheelers’ Chester Romei enjoying his first full season after experiencing just one SB event at the end of 2021 taking the Junior honours in 24:29. He commented: “The race was amazingly set up, I absolutely loved it, a new personal best for me. The marshals at the start, finish and around the course encouraged me every bit they could. I just want to say a massive thank you to every marshal and to the SCCA for putting on such an amazing event”.
|8||Darren||Shaw||SCCA Private Member||V||23:47||6|
|13||Chester||Romei||North Shropshire Wheelers||J||24:29||2|
|16||Stan||Elmitt||Fibrax Wrexham RC||V||25:04|
|17||Frances||Owen||Fibrax Wrexham RC||W||25:13|
|20||Dave||Drew||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||26:16||2|
|21||Chris||Bowers||Mid Wirral Wheelers||V||26:30|
|22||Tim||Evans||Newport Shropshire CC||V||26:49||2|
|23||Jan||Kardasz||Fibrax Wrexham RC||V||26:51|
|24||Andrew||Williams||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||26:55||2|
|25||Lee||Boughey||North Shropshire Wheelers||V||27:03||2|
|27||Pete||Mulloy||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||27:53||2|
|28||Helen||Tudor||Oswestry Paragon CC||WV||28:27||2|
|29||Mark||Stocks||Newport Shropshire CC||V||29:20||2|
|32||Tanya||Samuels||Fibrax Wrexham RC||WV||29:57|
|34||Alison||Salthouse||SCCA Private Member||WV||31:12||2|
|35||Beth||Wilson||North Shropshire Wheelers||WV||31:24||2|
|Vets Pos’n||Forename||Surname||Club||Cat||Vet +/-||Vets Points|
|7||Darren||Shaw||SCCA Private Member||V||+2:54||8|
|8||Dave||Drew||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||+2:33||6|
|9||Chris||Bowers||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||+2:28|
|10||Stan||Elmitt||Fibrax Wrexham RC||V||+2:20|
|13||Helen||Tudor||Oswestry Paragon CC||WV||+1:14||2|
|14||Jan||Kardasz||Fibrax Wrexham RC||V||+1:07|
|15||Andrew||Williams||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||+0:56||2|
|16||Lee||Boughey||North Shropshire Wheelers||V||+0:41||2|
|18||Pete||Mulloy||Mid Shropshire Wheelers||V||+0:29||2|
|19||Tanya||Samuels||Fibrax Wrexham RC||WV||+0:04|
|20||Tim||Evans||Newport Shropshire CC||V||+0:02||2|
|22||Alison||Salthouse||SCCA Private Member||WV||-0:25||2|
|24||Mark||Stocks||Newport Shropshire CC||V||-1:56||2|
|25||Beth||Wilson||North Shropshire Wheelers||WV||-2:51||2|
|Women’s Pos’n||Forename||Surname||Club||Cat||Time||Womens Points|
|2||Frances||Owen||Fibrax Wrexham RC||W||25:13|
|4||Helen||Tudor||Oswestry Paragon CC||WV||28:27||16|
|5||Tanya||Samuels||Fibrax Wrexham RC||WV||29:57|
|7||Alison||Salthouse||SCCA Private Member||WV||31:12||12|
|8||Beth||Wilson||North Shropshire Wheelers||WV||31:24||10|
|Junior Pos’n||Forename||Surname||Club||Cat||Time||Junior Points|
|1||Chester||Romei||North Shropshire Wheelers||J||24:29||20|