Sarmiento smashes Nova lady record as Bertha creates test for London legacy sportive

Alison Sarmiento
Alison Sarmiento

A contingent of pedallers from Harrogate Nova Cycling Club braved the heavy rain, light flooding and thunderstorms caused by Hurricane Bertha to race around the 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Race route at the weekend.

The cyclists took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Sportive.

Organisers had been forced to shorten the route through Surrey due to rainfall in the area, reducing it from 100 to 80 miles and missing out the classic Leith Hill and Box Hill climbs.

Approximately 25,000 riders were expected to participate in the event, which celebrates the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Greg Ketteringham, who finished fourth in the inaugural event last year, was the first Nova rider home in a time of 3:25:33.

He was closely followed by Mike Worden (3:25:41), Paul Lehan (3:28:55), Simon Thomas (3:30:27) and Simon Ketteringham (3:40:09).
In road racing, Nova’s Paul Caswell finished 15th at the Bishop Auckland Cycle Race.

In Open Time Trials, a group of Nova riders travelled to Humberside looking to make the most of the super fast V718 course.

Despite a ferocious West South Westerly wind, making the return leg of the out-and-back course difficult, a number of personal best times were achieved.

Alison Sarmiento smashed the women’s club veteran record in 24 minutes 13 seconds, finishing behind Ian Peacock (21:32) and Rob Senior (21:06).
Event 14 of the Beech House Dental Practice Evening TT League saw a return to the Arkendale Lane End-Walshford 10mile course.

In the ladies competition, Torq Fitness’ Ele Haresign recorded a time of 24:57 to beat Sarmiento (25.55), the 2014 Champion Elect, into second place.

Champion Duncan Mullier won the men’s in 21:52, ahead of the improved Pete Watson (22:20) and Simon Cave (22:45).

The top places were a closely fought affair, with less than a minute between fifth finisher Rob Senior (23:02) and Mike Hudson in eleventh (24:01).