Round #2 – Bulmer Bank – Alba Rosa

Alas – this week’s edition of NYERRL has been cancelled. Unfortunately, owing to a lack of entries, the race wasn’t able to go ahead. Fear not, for we need not a race to pen a race report. As such, herewith a summary of what (would have) happened…

Despite fears of the race lacking entries, the shrewd decision to switch this edition to a 2/3/4 a week before the event resulted in a full field within 48hrs of the change. The new dynamic was warmly accepted by the regular attendees who welcome a kicking from the upcoming riders of the Yorkshire youth and 2nd Cat riders alike; the line-up offered a rich array of talent, from the likes of the Evergreen Neil Rollins, to young talent Jenson Young. Mark Jagger (Unaffiliated) cycled 85 miles to make the race, rode 30 miles home and completed a 50 mile Deliveroo shift later that evening, and Adam Connell (ARCC) turned up 30 minutes after the start before watching the first 5 minutes then driving home. Defending champions Prologue took full advantage of the last minute change to a 2/3/4 and NYERRL welcomed back Seasoned Veteran Matt Mannakee as well as Jimmy Parvin, on fine form after his win on Sunday, plus Matthew Williams. The winner of this edition in 2017, Jonathon Apaloo, returned to the scene of his famous win, and there was a surprise return from the enigmatic local ex-pro Jamie Sharp. Ilkley were very well represented, in their hunt to win the coveted Team shield, and FTR Milltag fielded a strong Team with in-form Dan McDermott and the resurgent Nick Guest returning to the race he tasted glory in many moons before. Valley Striders were again extremely well represented, and two of Le Col’s best riders – Billy Robinson and Will Staveley – added further fire-power to the starting line-up. With such a strong start sheet, the race promised to be an epic, and it didn’t disappoint.

Buoyed by his recent victory, and attacking hard from the head of the race on the first ascent of Bulmer Bank, Prologues’ Jimmy Parvin clipped off the front very early on Lap One, and was joined by Tom (The Harming Goat) Harmer of VSCC, Julian Pearce (FTR Milltag) and Sam Ingle (Body Torq). These four worked hard and quickly established a gap of 30+ seconds on a reduced pack of circa 40, with several riders suffering by the fast tempo on this challenging course and getting distanced in the first half lap. One FTR Milltag rider, David Beckitt, was forced to abandon early and rushed to hospital with severe saddle sores. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Going into the second ascent of Bulmer Bank, the gap had grown to over a minute, and the pack started increasing the tempo. Billy Robinson worked tirelessly on the front trying to reduce the gap, but he appeared to be the only rider willing to significantly invest in a chase. This upset him greatly (see his Strava title!). As Billy gesticulated wildly in frustration, Jamie Sharp attacked, closely followed by Matthew Williams (Prologue), Jenson Young (Giant Halifax) and Rob Ormrod (Ilkley). These four opened a gap of 50m and pressed on hard, descending Terrington Bank at speeds of close to 60mph to establish a second break. The pack again settled into a lull.

Onto the penultimate lap, and after pulling hard turns for almost an hour, Julian Pearce unfortunately faded and slipped back to the chase group. Jimmy, Tom and Sam continued their drive for glory but they were evidently suffering and the gap was reducing. The chase group, with new addition Julian fighting hard to hold the rear, and Matthew Williams a deliberate passenger, closed to within 20 seconds. A further 2 minutes back, the pack ebbed and flowed, but with many of the Teams represented further up the road, there was little appetite to chase. Going through the bell the two groups merged into one, with 8 riders looking likely to contest the win.

Working well together, the front group of 8 forced a 3 minute gap approaching the final kick up Bulmer Bank. Jenson Young attacked hard up the climb, and was followed by Jamie Sharp and Matt Williams. Jimmy Parvin, evidently suffering from his earlier efforts, 10 seconds behind, and Julian, Rob, Sam and Tom a further 15 seconds back. Jamie, Matt and Jenson were to go on to contest the win. Jimmy, like a yellow derny in the Summer haze, went into TT mode and soloed to a very strong fourth place. The remainder of the break worked hard to hold off a now very lively pack, but it look increasingly unlikely it would stick. Dan McDermott (FTR Milltag) attacked off the front of the pack, followed by Will Staveley, and Nathan Smith (Clifton CC) and these three opened a small gap with 5km to go, joining the remainder of the earlier break with the pack only 20 seconds behind. Dan immediately attacked over the top and went on to hold a solo drive to take fifth place. With the finish line in sight, Julian, Rob, Sam, Tom, Will and Nathan were absorbed by a flying pack at the bottom of the final climb, and a sprint for the remaining 5 places ensued. Chris Wilson (Valley Striders), invisible for the entire evening emerged and powered to 6th, closely followed by Richard Kelt (Ilkley CC), Jonathan Apaloo (VC York), and Nick Guest (FTR Milltag). Will Staveley found enough reserve to hold on for the final place.

Three minutes earlier, Matthew, Jenson and Jamie crossed the line in an ‘interesting’ finish. A local Farmer was stood in the middle of the road protesting angrily with 1km to go, and for a minute the race looked in jeopardy. The front three approached and swerved to avoid him, but Jamie Sharp took advantage of the other two braking heavily to open up a 20m gap. Jenson pushed hard to close Jamie down, with Matt Williams on his wheel, and despite Jamie’s best efforts it came back together at the bottom of the final kick. Matt immediately went over the top and held his attack to take a fine win, and register Prologue’s first points in their title defence. Jenson took second, with Jamie third. Further back, there are reports that shortly after these three went past him, Phil Makinson of Organising Club ARCC was seen rugby tackling the Farmer, before throwing him in the back of a pink & black van driven by someone who closely resembled Matthew Pinsent but with no hair, before it disappeared. However, this remains unconfirmed.

The top 10 as follows:

1 – Matthew Williams (Prologue)
2 – Jenson Young (Giant Halifax)
3 – Jamie Sharp (Feather Cycles)
4 – Jimmy Parvin (Prologue)
5 – Daniel McDermott (FTR Milltag)
6 – Chris Wilson (Valley Striders)
7 – Richard Kelt (Ilkley CC
8 – Jonathan Apaloo (VC York)
9 – Nick Guest (FTR Milltag)
10 – Will Staveley (Le Col)

*Please note, this never happened. But there is every chance it would have.

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Round #1 – Pennypot – Ilkley CC

After the longest winter in all Rider’s and Spectator’s living memories (Rollins excluded. Obvs), we were graced with an uncharacteristically warm and breezy early Summer evening for the first edition of the 2018 NYERRL. Ilkley CC hosted the event from new HQ Norwood Village Hall, and the race didn’t disappoint with plenty of drama and a dashing of typically unorthodox NYERRL riding.

A steady tempo kept the bunch together for much of the race, with a few failed attempts to get away by a handful of the livelier riders routinely closed down. Despite the relatively neutralised nature of the race, there were a few bizarre incidents to help liven up proceedings. One Rapha CC Rider appeared to take the wrong left turn off Pennypot Lane on Lap One, only to realise too late that it wasn’t actually a road at all and was, in fact, a bush. Pennypothole also claimed a couple of unfortunate puncture victims. There was the traditional get-down on the Pott Bank descent (… has there ever been a race without a crash down there?). Thankfully, despite an ambulance being called to one scene, no very serious injuries were reported, and the final lap went without major incident.

Half way into the penultimate lap, and the most significant break-away effort of the race went up the road; a two-up combination of Harry Lee (Selby CC) and Thomas Davison (J’s Cycle Shack). With the pack showing little appetite to chase, the gap grew to over 20 seconds, and sensing an opportunity Nathan Smith (Clifton CC) jumped across on the rise past the Sun Inn to form a handy break of three. After help initiate the move, Thomas lost contact on the rise to the bell lap, leaving Harry and Nathan staring at an 11-mile slog for glory. The pack still appeared reluctant to increase the tempo and the gap extended as the race ascended Pennypot for the final time. With the final grind up Pennypot stinging the legs, Nathan was forced to press on solo as Harry lost contact to be absorbed by a group of circa 40 that appeared to be finally gathering momentum. Nathan held a 20 second gap as the race powered past HQ for the final time, but the last couple of miles to the line into an unusual Easterly headwind would prove too much to hold. With a few strong turns at the front, notably by York Cyclework’s James Eaton but ably assisted by VSCC’s Nick Boydell and ICC’s Jake Unsworth, Nathan was brought back with a few hundred meters to go. At which point a pack sprint finish was inevitable.

After spending the past couple of minutes closing the solo break, James faded on the last kick and a line of riders attacked early on the outside, including the in-form Tom Harmer, who had previously finished 4th (ahem, 3rd!?) in the highly competitive Barnsley Road Race the Sunday just gone. Tom Never Looked Vack and held his sprint to the top of the rise, but with the final 20m into a flat headwind he was unable to take the spoils. Instead, a young rider relatively unknown among the senior members of the race and riding for the Organising Club Ilkley CC, appeared like a subtle ninja in the fading light and timed his move to perfection. Spurred on by the bellowing roar of the expectant Ilkley faithful on the line sensing a famous win for their club, Archie White emerged and powered to an excellent victory. He joins an illustrious list of elite ICC NYERRL victors over the years including famous names such as Cam Blake, Lee Morley and the Evergreen Neil Rollins. Tom, known among the North Leeds cycling fraternity as The Harming Goat (hairy legs and all), finished a bike length behind for an impressive second. Prologue’s talented 2nd Cat Junior Scott Wolfenden claimed third. A strong final sprint from Ilkey’s Richard Kelt secured fourth place, and completed an excellent Round 1 for Hosts ICC, who now take a commanding lead in the Team competition going into Round 2 (…3?) at Bulmer Bank next week. Valley Striders finished with the most riders in the top 10; no less than 3 claiming points with Harmer joined by T-Cage and the man with quite comfortably the hairiest guns in the race rounding off the top 10. They subsequently hold second position in the chase for the coveted Shield going into the next race.

The top 10 confirmed as follows:

1              Archie White (ICC – 15 points)

2              Thomas Harmer (VSCC – 12 points)

3              Scott Wolfenden (Prologue – no points awarded)

4              Richard Kelt (ICC – 8 points)

5              William Foster (Cyclesense – 6 points)

6              Phil Shackleton (All Terrain – 5 points)

7              Jamie Tweddell (FTR – 4 points)

8              Sam Ingle (Body Torq – 3 points)

9              Torquil Hall (VSCC – 2 points)

10           Joe Hepworth (VSCC – 1 point)

The Team standings after Round #1 as follows:

1              Ilkey Cycling Club            23 points

2              Valley Striders                   15 points

3              Cyclesense                          6 points

4              All Terrain Cycling           5 points

5              FTR Milltag                          4 points

6              Body Torq                            3 points

See you all at Round #2, presented by AlbaRosa next week!

 

Final Comment: As per Arthur’s warning before the beginning of the race, this League NEEDS further Organisers to keep NYERRL alive. If you are part of a Club/Team and have enjoyed these races and would be willing to support a race in the Series, please get in touch ASAP. Thank you.

The 2017 Series draws to a close

The 2017 NYERRL Series concluded with a bruising race finishing up the summit of Brandsby Bank. Upgraded to a 2/3/4 the usual suspects were joined by a strong accompaniment of 2nd Category riders. With both the League Title, and the Individual Title at stake, this race had an interesting sub-plot, which played out as expected. With both Prologue and FTR Milltag largely cancelling each other out, a few riders – especially those who suffer from the occasional dose of “The Freddies” – can be excused for viewing such negative tactics as neutralising. However, for the smarter opportunists, the race dynamic provided a rare open-goal for anyone with the legs and willingness to throw the dice.

Several early attacks from FTR Milltag riders were brought back bullishly by Prologue, with Dylan Flesher providing a much needed extra team mate for the Individual Series leader Jimmy Parvin and their DS, the evergreen seasoned veteran Matt Mannakee. After one of the many attacks and counters that epitomised the first couple of laps, Dean Wattson (ClayCrossRT) took advantage of the following lull clipping off the front while the main protagonists settled and recharged. Eugene Cross (KTM) reacted smartly and followed, and the two of them weren’t to be seen again until the finish.

The second half of the race followed a similar pattern with FTR Milltag carrying out an obvious game plan to optimise their numerical advantage and tire the legs of their Prologue rivals for the final summit finish. While most of the pack seemed happy sitting in and following the ebb and flow, there were a few riders from other teams lively contributing at the front; Ash Conning (Identity Racing), winner of the previous round, and Julian Roche (ATC) both notably active. One of the 2nd Cat entries, Freddie Jagger (Cycleways-SG), attacked solo with a few miles remaining but with FTR’s Chris Hoole (winner of “Best Looking Rider” at HQ) off the front on the approach to Brandsby, the pace inevitably increased with Dylan and Matt (Prologue) effectively ending their races to bring it back together. As the pack closed in on Brandsby Bank, it was an opportunity for the riders who had so far enjoyed a free tow to stretch their legs, and to compete for the remaining 8 places. Meanwhile, Jimmy from Prologue just finished ahead of Daniel McDermott from FTR Milltag near the front to secure the result he and the Team needed to claim the overall prizes. Up the road, Eugene Cross had taken the win from Dean Wattson, with Toby Jarvis (unaffiliated) rounding up the podium winning the bunch “sprint”.

Congratulations to Prologue for securing the League Title, and to their rider Jimmy Parvin who just edged out Series ever-present Jonathan Apaloo in the Individual Standings. Thanks to everyone for their support, and see you in 2018!

2017 Series set for an Epic Finale

Round 7 of NYERRL was a very tactical affair with the two leading teams of the series so far (Prologue and FTR Milltag) cancelling each other out, opening the door for an excellent solo win for Ash Conning (Identity Racing), and a well taken bunch sprint for Dan Jay Webster (Ilkley Cycling Club), ahead of recently promoted 2nd Cat Chris Wilson (Valley Striders), and consistent placers in the league this year Jonathan Apaloo and Scott Wilson rounding up the top five. The race saw FTR Milltag looking to be aggressive from the start with Jamie Tweddell, Julian Pearce, and Dan McDermott all off the front in the first lap. But their efforts were well marshalled by Prologue’s Jimmy Parvin (the individual series leader) and seasoned veteran Matt Mannakee. With a lap remaining, Ash Conning took advantage clipping off the front of a pack with no motivation to chase for a very well held victory.

Going into the final round (a 2/3/4 on the Brandsby Bank circuit), both the Team and the Individual titles are in the balance. The standings as follows:

Individual Standings:

1. Jimmy Parvin – 33
2. Jonathan Apaloo – 30
3. Chris Wilson – 28
4. Jamie Tweddell – 18
5. Manuel Agudo – 15

Team Standings:

1. Prologue RT – 40
2. FTR Milltag – 39
3. VC York – 30
4. Valley Striders – 28
5. Ilkley Cycling Club – 24

NYERRL Returns

It has been a month since the last race, but we’re back!

After a flash monsoon of biblical proportions shortly before the start of NYERRL #6 forced the Commissaires to make the tough, but correct call to cancel the first edition of the Brandsby Bank circuit, we return on Thursday 20th with another race around the rolling Kirby Misperton circuit. With only two races remaining in the 2017 NYERRL calendar, herewith a timely reminder of the current individual and team standings:

Individual Standings:

1. Jimmy Parvin – 33
2. Chris Wilson – 28
3. Jonathan Apaloo – 22
4. Jamie Tweddell – 18
5. Manuel Agudo – 15

Team Standings:

1. Prologue RT – 40
2. FTR Milltag – 39
3. Valley Striders – 28
4. VC York – 22
5. All TerrainCycles Ride in Peace – 16

Chris Wilson sprints to Milby win at NYERRL #5

On a fast and flowing circuit, it was always likely that Moonglu’s second event in their debut organising season for the NYERRL League was going to result in a bunch kick, and so it proved. Chris Wilson (Valley Striders) powered his way to another mass sprint victory (his second of the year) and added to his League tally, securing his promotion to 2nd Cat in the process. Joshua Ferguson (Newcastle Cheviot CC) and Lewis Jackson (Wold Top) rounded up the podium.

Though it came down to the inevitable bunch sprint, many riders tried to get away and at times it looked possible that the likely sprint would be challenged. Hayden Allen (Albarosa) tried twice to get away, and though his gap grew to circa 20 seconds, he never looked likely to fend off a strong field intent on keeping him in sight. Daniel McDermott (FTR) was also off the front for a few minutes in the middle of the race, but suffered similar frustrations. Jimmy Parvin, buoyed after his win in the last round, was always active near the front, together with Tom Whalley (Buxton CC), and their efforts finally brought back the biggest gap of the evening, shutting down one of the two riders wearing classic Peugeot Cycling kit in the last half lap.

In the sprint, it was Wilson who dominated and looked untouchable. Another solid result from Parvin (5th) increased his lead in the individual standings, and despite the absence of his Team mate, seasoned veteran Matthew Mannakee, his points haul also extended Prologue’s lead in the Team standings. Full results as follows:

  1. Chris Wilson (Valley Striders CC)
  2. Joshua Ferguson (Newcastle Cheviot CC)
  3. Lewis Jackson (Wold Top Actif RT)
  4. Toby Jarvis
  5. Jimmy Parvin (Prologue Racing Team)
  6. Jonathan Apaloo (VC York)
  7. Chris Kirby (Cappuccino Cycling Club)
  8. Daniel McDermott (FTR Milltag)
  9. Joseph Wilkinson (FTR Milltag)
  10. Daryl Maffey (Yh Training Scarborough RC)

Current Team Standings as follows:

1. Prologue RT – 40
2. FTR Milltag – 39
3. Valley Striders – 28
4. VC York – 22
5. All TerrainCycles Ride in Peace – 16
6. South Shields Velo Cycling Club – 15
7. Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare – 12
8. Newcastle Cheviot – 12
9. Ilkley Cycling Club – 12
10. Albarosa Cycling Club – 11

Current Individual Standings as follows:

1. Jimmy Parvin – 33
2. Chris Wilson – 28
3. Jonathan Apaloo – 22
4. Jamie Tweddell – 18
5. Manuel Agudo – 15

Next up – a hill top finish at the summit of Brandsby Bank, see you there!

 

Jimmy Parvin wins at Flamingo Land

Prologue’s Jimmy Parvin took a very well earned win on a wet and wild evening at Kirby Misperton at NYERRL #4.

Jimmy was active from the start, soloing off the front early to spend one lap on his own a couple of hundred meters up the road. With very wet conditions, the field whittled down fast and by the time it came back together only circa 30 were left. With one lap to go, Jimmy again attacked off the front with Matthew Burt (Leeds Uni Cycling) and Joe Wilkinson (FTR Milltag) and they built a healthy gap. Joe eventually dropped back to the pack with a couple of miles to go and his team mate Daniel McDermott went immediately on the offence bridging solo to the front two. These three stayed away from a fast chasing pack to claim the podium. The sprint behind was won by Chris Wilson (VSCC), ahead of Chris Hoole (FTR Milltag) and Scott Wilson (Manilla RT). The results see Jimmy take the lead in the individual competition (27 points), 7 ahead of his closest competition. Prologue RT Team Mate, seasoned veteran Matthew Mannakee, was unable to add to their points tally as one of a few riders who were forced to an early ‘bath’ from an unfortunate puncture.

Results:

1. Jimmy Parvin (Prologue RT)
2. Matthew Burt (Leeds Uni Cycling)
3. Daniel McDermott (FTR Milltag)
4. Chris Wilson (VSCC)
5. Chris Hoole (FTR Milltag)
6. Thomas Dickinson (Clifton CC)
7. Jonathan Harvey (Doncaster Whls CC)
8. Scott Wilson (Mannilla RT)
9. Phil Shackleton (Ingear Naughtone)
10. Jamie Tweddell (FTR Milltag)

Provisional Team Standings after Race #4:

1. FTR Milltag – 34
2. Prologue RT – 34
3. VC York – 17
4. All TerrainCycles Ride in Peace – 16
5. South Shields Velo Cycling Club – 15
6. Valley Striders – 13
7. Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare – 12
8. Ilkley Cycling Club – 12
9. Albarosa Cycling Club – 11
10. Macclesfield Wheelers – 10

Prologue take early lead in the Team competition!

After three rounds of the 2017 NYERRL it’s all to play for in both the Team and the Individual League competitions. In previous years the Team competition has been very one-sided, but after three of the scheduled eight rounds complete, no-one has yet emerged as a clear favourite. With Jimmy Parvin’s second place at Round Three, and back-to-back top tens from seasoned veteran Matt Mannakee, Prologue RT are in the driving seat going into Flamingo Land. But snapping at their heels are All Terrain Cycling, VC York (boosted by Jonathan Apaloo’s fine win last week) and defending Champions FTR Milltag, with a number of other Teams also within striking distance including host club Ilkley CC and Alba Rosa. Herewith the current Team standings:

Prologue Racing Team 19
FTR Milltag 17
VC York 17
All Terrain Cycles Ride In Peace 16
South Shields Velo Cycling Club 15
Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare 12
Ilkley Cycling Club 12
Albarosa Cycling Club 11
Macclesfield Wheelers 10
Hull Thursday RC 10
GC Creazzo 8
Doncaster Whls CC 8
Performance Cycles 8
Pedalsport 6
Moonglu CC 5
Chris Wilson 5
PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ERT 5
University of Sheffield CC 4
Leeds University Cycling Club 3
Harrogate Nova CC 3
Identity Racing 2
Geared Up RT 1
Harrogate Nova CC 1

In the Individual competition, it’s a similar story with no clear leader emerging after three hotly contested opening rounds. Tied at the top are Jonathan Apaloo and Jamie Tweddell, but several riders are within touching distance and with the strength in depth on show thus far, it seems very likely that Flamingo Land will shake this up further. The current Individual standings are as follows:

Jonathan Apaloo 17
Jamie Tweddell 17
Manuel Maestra Agudo 15
Jimmy Parvin 12
Nick Rowland 12
Richard Kelt 12
Ben Greenwood 10
Julian Roche 10
Lee Coulson 10
Ben Harmer 8
Jonathan Harvey 8
Jack Thompson 8
Peter Boyd 7
Matthew Mannakee 7
Alex Hutchinson 6
Andy Cunningham 6
Chris Wilson 5
Ben Mewes 5
Joe Howcroft 5
Matt Grimshaw 4
Daniel Collier 4
Matthew Burt 3
Ben I’Anson 3
Ash Coning 2
Thomas Davison 1
Matthew Dalby 1

Next up, Malton CC‘s entry at Kirby Misperton. See you there!

Round 3 – Sprint win for Jonathan Apaloo

Jonathan Apaloo took the uphill sprint at Sheriff Hutton to take victory in the third round of the series. Sprint finish on YouTube.
1. Jonathan Apaloo (VC York)
2. Jimmy Parvin (Prologue RT)
3. Ben Greenwood (Macclesfield Wheelers)
4. Ben Harmer (GS Creazzo)
5. Alex Hutchinson (Pedalsport Cycling Club)
6. Chris Wilson (Valley Striders Cycling Club)
7. Matt Grimshaw (albaRosa Cycling Club)
8. Matthew Burt (Leeds University Cycling Club)
9. Jamie Tweddel (FTR)
10. Matt Manakee (Prologue RT)

Jonathan Apaloo

Round 2 result

52 riders contested round#2 on the Milby circuit near Boroughbridge. In a bunch sprint, the victory was taken by Manuel Maestro Agudo (South Shields Velo CC)

  1. Manuel Maestro Agudo (South Shields Velo CC)
  2. Nick Rowland (Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare)
  3. Lee Coulson (Hull Thursday RC)
  4. Jonathan Harvey (Doncaster Wheelers)
  5. Mat Mannakee (Prologue Racing Team)
  6. Ben Mewes (MoongluCC) [J]
  7. Peter Boyd (Albarosa CC)
  8. Ben I’Anson (Harrogate Nova) [U23]
  9. Ash Coning (Identity Racing) [J]
  10. Thomas Davison (Geared Up RT)
  11. Alexander Hutchinson (Pedalsport CC)