Event 9 of the Fulford Cycles TT league was a 13 mile loop from Milby to Asenby to Kirby Hill to Milby incorporating long straights, rolling terrain and a stretch of dual carriageway.
The conditions were unusually warm and still and Nova’s Dave Morris set the early pace with a fantastic personal best of 30:15.
TeammateDuncan Mullier, with one eye on the weekend events, broke the vets’ course record with 29:55 shortly afterwards. Everyone was waiting for Boneshakers’ Steve Smales to smash his own 10-year-old course record minutes later but news filtered back that he was stranded on the course after hitting a pothole.
Nova’s Paul Lamb was a potential winner. But after competing the night before he was off the pace with 30:31 and pushed off the podium by Boneshakers’ Edwyn Oliver-Evans in a new junior record of 30:27.
The ladies event was yet again dominated by Joanne Ketteringham (33:36), knocking 1:25 off her own course record to win by a comfortable margin ahead of Corinne Mitchell (35:47) and Alison Sarmiento (37:29) who improved her PB by two minutes.
Last weekend, Boneshakers’ rider Edwyn Oliver-Evans raced both days, with events on the Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday, Oliver-Evans competed in the National Mountainbike Orienteering Sprint Championships, at Lee Quarry.
He won his age class and was also able to place a high fourth among the elite men.