Round 16 of the Friction Hydraulics Series saw the first Series medals settled as Tim Beardmore retained the Friction Championship – without turning a pedal. Beardmore was an absentee starter from The Coaching Revolutions Shropshire Championship 10 presented by Oswestry Paragon CC, but Gold was sealed after Bridgnorth CC team mate Jonathan Mills-Keeling finished 5th on the night and is no longer able to catch Beardmore. When told of his win Beardmore commented: “I’m really pleased to win the Overall Series again. My form has been a bit up and down, especially in more recent races. I’m probably going to take some time away from racing now for the rest of the season and just enjoy riding my bike – thanks to everyone in the SCCA and member clubs for the putting the events on”.

With a strong field riding the Four Crosses – Welshpool course Dean Callister took a solid win in 20 minutes 36 seconds despite being unsure if time off the bike putting his feet up would affect his effort – not a bit of it. The Revolutions Racing rider took The Gordon Davies Trophy for the first time since 2019 after seeing off a strong challenge from Paramount’s Mason Durant by 53 seconds. He was pleased with his efforts, stating: “I’m really pleased to have won the 10 mile title again after a few years. After a weeks holiday I wasn’t sure if the legs would behave; but they weren’t too bad. It was a great night of racing with some quick times – thanks to all involved on the night”.

Like Callister, Durant had had time away from the bike, but unlike Callister this seemed to affect Durant adversely, not feeling as powerful as in the Championship 25 held a fortnight earlier. Durant stopped the watch on 21:29 to see off a strong challenge from Wrekinsport’s Tomos Hales by six seconds, also leading Paramount to victory in the 10 mile Team award with great backup from Simon Romei who finished 4th in 21:43 and Chris Riley who was 8th in 22:50 for a combined time of 1:06:02. Like many riders Durant’s focus wasn’t just on the race but the traditional post-race social gathering which worked particularly well thanks to superb cakes being on offer – as noted by several riders: “The 10 was a different story to the Championship 25 – a week of not doing much beforehand meant my legs felt pretty rubbish on the way to the island, warming up to the effort on the return. The power ended up being similar to the 25, and I wasn’t holding out much hope for a result, so I was pleasantly surprised to place. Congratulations to Dean; and thanks to the organisers for putting on cake at HQ”.

Romei double up on the medal count by not only taking Team 10 Gold but making it a brace with Veterans 10 Bronze with a fine +4:49, just pushing Hafren CC’s Bryn Davies out by a narrow four seconds. He commented: “The race organisation was first class. The race went well – a pretty stiff headwind on the outward leg which I had to push hard on, knowing the return leg was a tailwind where I could put the hammer down and make some good time up. I was really pleased to take the Veterans Bronze”. Riley added: “The Paramount squad were very happy to have won the Team award with our two hotshots and myself best of the rest. Shropshire Championship events are brilliant for County riders, and that’s the most Paramount riders on a start sheet I’ve ever seen. Thanks to Oswestry Paragon and the SCCA for a great evening; and of course Rob Jones for his superb photographs”.

Hales knew the competition would be tough given the quality of the field, and added 10 Bronze to his palmarès in a fabulous season where he has regularly been at the sharp end. Hales’ 21:35 saw off a strong challenge by Romei by eight seconds, with Hales expressing satisfaction at his efforts: “The SCCA 10 Mile Championship went well, it was a tough out leg and especially hard up to the roundabout. I was happy with my time and power. Well done to Dean for the win with a great time, and thanks for Oswestry Paragon for hosting and putting on some amazing cake”. 

Romei was beaten into the Bronze Veterans medal slot by a solid effort from Mills-Keeling of 21:53 on Actual which when converted to Veterans Standard saw him take 10 mile Silver with +4:58, but consigned him to Friction Series Silver. Regardless, the Bridgnorth CC rider enjoyed his evening trip to the super smooth, fast tarmac found on the course, commenting: “Nice course, really strong headwind to the island but a nice push back, and lovely cake at the HQ – thanks to all involved”. When told he had sealed Friction Series Silver he added: “I enjoyed the racing, thanks to all for putting the racing on

But there was no stopping Wrekinsport’s Deb Hutson-Lumb as she once again took victory in the Veteran’s 10 mile Championship and the Women’s 10 mile Championship to retain those titles. Hutson-Lumb crossed the line in an Actual time of 23:57 to take The Gordon Davies Women’s Trophy and to see off a fine challenge from Paramount’s Hayley Wells by 21 seconds, also recorded a fabulous Veteran’s Standard of +6:18. Like many she suffered on the ‘out’ leg in the block headwind, made worse by having an early start, with things calming as the event progressed. She commented: “It was a tough ride out into the headwind for us early starters and it dropped in time for the return leg. Not my quickest ride on that course but good to see my power numbers increasing. I was really pleased to take Gold – thanks to Oswestry Paragon for a super event”.

Like Hutson-Lumb, Wells suffered in the conditions but was delighted to take Women’s 10 mile Silver with her 24:18 effort, stating: “A tough first half with a strong wind left the tank feeling quite empty for the return leg. I was hoping for a personal best but didn’t quite get there on the night; but I’m still delighted to come away with second female. Well done to all the riders and Oswestry Paragon, not forgetting the post ride cake”!

Race organiser Helen Tudor had praise equally for the quality of her organisation and selection of cake courtesy of Sidoli, and her post-race comments focussed on both a great effort to see off the attentions of Paramount’s Thea Osmund-Smith by 11 seconds to take Women’s 10 Bronze as well as reflecting on a factor that seemed to bring back a quintessential characteristic of time trialling sadly in short supply post-Covid – the post-race dissection over tea and cake: “I didn’t expect to get a medal, the wind made it tough going on the way out. Thanks to Coaching Revolutions for sponsoring. As an organiser it was great to see the social side of time trials coming back, with plenty of chatting and eating cake afterwards”.


1DeanCallister Revolutions RacingS20:3660
2MasonDurantParamount CRTS21:2955
3TomosHalesWrekinsport CCS21:3550
4Simon RomeiParamount CRTV21:4345
5JonathanMills-KeelingBridgnorth Cycling ClubV21:5340
6BrynDaviesHafren CCV22:0635
7PaulDuncanMid Shropshire WheelersV22:2430
8ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV22:5025
9AlvydasJanusauskasMid Shropshire WheelersS23:3120
10RobKerrOswestry Paragon CCV23:5015
11DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWV23:5710
12HayleyWellsParamount CRT24:185
13SimonEvansMid Shropshire WheelersV24:335
14PeterFletcherOswestry Paragon CCV24:375
15Clive BourneOswestry Paragon CCV24:495
16AdamRileyOswestry Paragon CCV24:555
17PhilipGardnerMid Shropshire WheelersV24:585
18LesBougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersV25:455
19HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV26:285
20ColinWellsParamount CRTV26:315
21TheaOsmund-SmithParamount CRTW26:395
22JennyYorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV26:405
23AndrewWilliamsMid Shropshire WheelersV26:555
24DarrellWalshOswestry Paragon CCV27:515
25JaynePowell Paramount CRTWV28:065
26DavePoulterWrekinsport CCV29:105
.TimBeardmoreBridgnorth Cycling ClubVDNS-A.
.JamesNealeNorth Shropshire WheelersVDNS-A.
.RobertMcGregorParamount CRTSDNS-A.
.LindaBeckettNorth Shropshire WheelersWVDNS.

Team Gold: Paramount CRT (Mason Durant/Simon Romei/Chris Riley) 1:06:02


Vets Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatVet +/-Vets Points
1DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWV+6:1860
2JonathanMills-KeelingBridgnorth Cycling ClubV+4:5855
3Simon RomeiParamount CRTV+4:4950
4BrynDaviesHafren CCV+4:4545
5JennyYorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV+4:3540
6ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV+4:2835
7PaulDuncanMid Shropshire WheelersV+4:0330
8HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV+3:2025
9Clive BourneOswestry Paragon CCV+3:1720
10SimonEvansMid Shropshire WheelersV+2:5115
11RobKerrOswestry Paragon CCV+2:3310
12PeterFletcherOswestry Paragon CCV+2:245
13PhilipGardnerMid Shropshire WheelersV+2:205
14LesBougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersV+2:065
=15AdamRileyOswestry Paragon CCV+1:515
=15ColinWellsParamount CRTV+1:515
17JaynePowell Paramount CRTWV+1:355
18AndrewWilliamsMid Shropshire WheelersV+1:035
19DavePoulterWrekinsport CCV-0:485
20DarrellWalshOswestry Paragon CCV-1:155


Women’s Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWV23:5760
2HayleyWellsParamount CRT24:1855
3HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV26:2850
4TheaOsmund-SmithParamount CRTW26:3945
5JennyYorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV26:4040
6JaynePowell Paramount CRTWV28:0635
.LindaBeckettNorth Shropshire WheelersWVDNS.

Top Club:

1Paramount CRT 145
2Mid Shropshire Wheelers 70
3Wrekinsport CC 65
4Revolutions Racing 60
=5Bridgnorth Cycling Club 40
=5Oswestry Paragon CC 40
7Hafren CC 35
8North Shropshire Wheelers 5

Cumulative Standings after sixteen rounds

Friction and Hydraulic Services Shropshire Championship Points Series

Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Tim Beardmore Bridgnorth Cycling Club V 685
2 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Bridgnorth Cycling Club V 615
3 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 420
4 James Neale North Shropshire Wheelers V 370
5 Christopher Riley Paramount CRT V 350
6 Victor Chetta Mid Shropshire Wheelers V 270
7 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC WV 250
8 Paul Duncan Mid Shropshire Wheelers V 245
9 Dean Callister Revolutions Racing S 240
10 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 225

Friction and Hydraulic Services Veterans Championship

Vets Position Name Club Best 12
1 Tim Beardmore Bridgnorth Cycling Club 700
2 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Bridgnorth Cycling Club 650
3 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC 605
4 Christopher Riley Paramount CRT 425
5 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 365
6 James Neale North Shropshire Wheelers 345
7 Bryn Davies Hafren CC 255
8 Victor Chetta Mid Shropshire Wheelers 250
9 Paul Duncan Mid Shropshire Wheelers 240
10 John Westhead Paramount CRT 230

Friction and Hydraulic Services Women’s Championship

Women’s Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC 610
2 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 580
3 Hayley Wells Paramount CRT 430
4 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC 195
5 Linda Beckett North Shropshire Wheelers 155
6 Jayne Powell Paramount CRT 120
7 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC 115
8 Thea Osmund-Smith Paramount CRT 100
9 Jenny York Mid Shropshire Wheelers 85
10 Catherine Coley Bridgnorth CC 60

Friction and Hydraulic Services Junior Championship

Junior Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Chester Romei Paramount CRT 120
2 Ben Southgate Wrekinsport CC 115
3 Tristan Harvey Ludlow CC 60

Top Club Award

Position Club Total Points
1 Bridgnorth Cycling Club 1415
2 Wrekinsport CC 1285
3 Paramount CRT 1245
4 Mid Shropshire Wheelers 735
5 North Shropshire Wheelers 540
6 Hafren CC 465
7 Oswestry Paragon CC 325
8 Ludlow CC 300
9 Revolutions Racing 240
10 Newport (Shropshire) CC 5