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Richard Sharp and Sarah Lewthwaite powered to victories as the East Bradford CC staged a 15-mile time trial on a sporting course in North Yorkshire on Sunday.
Team Swift rider Sharp, 35 and from Hayton near Pocklington, clocked 32-03 for the V221 course near Grafton, giving him the win by 40 seconds from 45-year-old veteran Ian Mitchelson (Albarosa CC), while third spot went to Duncan Mullier, Harrogate Nova CC’s evergreen 48-year-old vet who was 1-08 slower than Sharp.
And Sarah Lewthwaite, the 44-year-old Team Sportslab rider from Leeds, was fastest female with a time of 38-15, which was exactly one minute quicker than second-placed Maria Mulleady (Team Swift), while Hannah Benson (Ilkley CC) was another eight seconds back in third.
Lewthwaite’s time was 56 seconds quicker than the same event in 2017, where she could only place fourth in a highly competitive field.
The promoting club provided the fastest junior in Nathan Page, the 15-year-old East Bradford CC rider clocking 42-12 to win that category by almost a minute.
Sharp has been in good form in 2018, although this was only his second open victory of the season so far.
He won the Ilkley CC 10 back in March, but has several other podium finishes including second spot in the Yorkshire CF 10 (twice!), the Harrogate Nova 15, the Selby CC 10 and the Bridlington CC 25.
The V221 course takes riders from Grafton to Cowthorpe, although headquarters is the other side of the A1 at Arkendale. After starting just before the A168, riders turn south on that road and track south alongside the A1, turning at Walshford and returning north.
Conditions stayed dry, although a headwind on the return leg meant that times generally were down with the 2017 event being won by Adam Duggleby two minutes faster than Sharp’s winning time this year.
The popular event attracted many riders, with the youngest being 13, the oldest 82 – and entrants from every decade in between!
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Position Name club Time
1 Richard Sharp Team Swift 32.03
2 Ian Mitchelson Albarosa CC 32.43
3 Duncan Mullier Harrogate Nova CC 33.11
4 Peter Watson Harrogate Nova CC 33.13
5 Paul Thirling Hartlepool CC 33.27
6 Levi Moody Giant Halifax Race Team 33.33
7 Anthony Ashworth Wetherby Whs 33.38
8 Stu Wood Harrogate Nova CC 34.18
9 Chris Myhill Peak Road Club 34.38
10 Mark Johnson Yorkshire Road Club 34.46
11 Craig Moody VTTA (Yorkshire) 34.51
12 Ged Millward Ilkley CC 34.55
13 David Leckenby Ilkley CC 35.20
14 Andrew Askwith Bridlington CC 35.24
15 Richard Hand Halifax Imperial Wheelers 35.36
16 Roger Bromiley Harrogate Nova CC 35.59
17 Greg Kershaw Drighlington BC 36.54
18 Stewart Pickard Vive Le Velo 37.05
19 Alex Stephenson-Brown AeroCoach 37.30
20 Sarah Lewthwaite Team Sportslab 38.15
21 Walter Wilkinson Harrogate Nova CC 38.31
22 Andrew Lambe Ilkley CC 38.31
23 Sam Leng Malton Whs 38.46
25 Paul Page East Bradford CC 39.03
26 Cliff Beldon Selby CC 39.15
27 Maria Mulleady Team Swift 39.15
28 Hannah Benson Ilkley CC 39.23
29 James Asquith Ravensthorpe CC 40.13
29 Kevin Melia VC Bradford 40.19
30 Steven Woodrup Yorkshire Road Club 40.31
31 Paul Brierley Huddersfield RC 40.52
32 Claire Jessop Otley CC 41.01
33 Phil Wright Hartlepool CC 41.18
34 Nathan Page East Bradford CC 42.12
35 Mike Cole Huddersfield RC 42.53
36 Timothy Lane Kirklees Cycling Academy 43.1
37 Gill Crane Harrogate Nova CC 43.19
38 Richard Watson East Bradford CC 43.3
39 David Lane Ravensthorpe CC 44.17
40 John Hatfield Ravensthorpe CC 44.28
41 Chris Parker East Bradford CC 46.08
42 Richard Haigh Holme Valley Whs 46.1
43 Anna Hull East Bradford CC 46.28
44 John Baines Yorkshire Road Club 46.43
45 Amber Hull East Bradford CC 48.47
46 Francis Evans Hannay East Bradford CC 50.3
47 Brenda Littlefair East Bradford CC 58.07
48 Keith Alderson Cleveland Wheelers CC DNS
49 Ted Scurr Hartlepool CC DNS
50 Alan Lang Hartlepool CC DNS
51 Mark Heeles Ravensthorpe CC DNS