Twenty-seven riders weren’t put off by wet conditions and took part in event 12 of the Fulford Cycles Time Trial League.
The course was a drying 15-mile out and back between Boroughbridge and Walshford and up for grabs was the Yorkshire Ladies Handicap Trophy.
Nova’s Corinne Mitchell, who is the only active lady rider to have beaten dominant champion Joanne Ketteringham, albeit last season, took the trophy from Joanne herself.
Corinne’s handicap time was 1:15 to Joanne’s zero and she came home well within that time with Joanne recording 41:04 and Corinne 41:47.
The men’s event produced an exciting result with Yorkshire Road Club’s Ian Fairweather (34:11) drawing within one win of the perfect nine but he was run the closest so far this season with Nova’s Duncan Mullier just 16 seconds behind (34:27).
Fairweather is now struggling with a tendon injury but should still be able to retain his title as even a handful of points will suffice.
Mullier, looking to retain the Veterans’ title, has hit the form of his life at just the right time and second place was enough to draw him level with Yorkshire Velo’s Nigel Goscinski, having been behind for the whole season.
Nova’s Dave Morris (35:40) continued to impress, coming in third and ahead of Goscinski for the first time this season (35:53).
Chris Mawer in fifth (35:58) was the last man to crack 25 mph, recording a personal best.
Simon Ketteringham, struggling for the pace of last year, was sixth in 36:12.
The weekly battle between Yorkshire Road Club’s super veteran Mike Shacklock and Nova’s Rob Senior went the way of Shacklock by eight seconds, with 36:37 and 36:45 respectively.
Gary Marks (36:53) was narrowly ahead of Edwyn Oliver-Evans who broke his own schoolboy record with 36:58, beating Boneshakers RT Glen Turnbull in the process (37:03).
Father and son Richard and Tommy Buckle of Nova recorded 41:04 and 48:58.
Martin Shaw and Barry Martin completed the course on a tandem in 38:14.
Last year the only rider to complete all 18 events was Dave Barker a feat he won’t repeat this year as he punctured on his way out.
The next event is two laps and 15 miles of the rolling Boroughbridge-Marton-Aldborough circuit.
The previous weekend Nova riders Duncan Mullier and Rob Senior journeyed to Teesside to compete in the Cleveland Couriers 25-mile TT on the A19 between Crathorne and Knayton.
Early rain cleared but high winds did not, making the outward leg very difficult and the return hopelessly undergeared in the strong tailwind.
Mullier recorded his slowest open 25 time of the season with 58:04 and Senior was disappointed not to crack the hour with 1:02:37. More at www.harrogatenova.com.