Tough challenges were a Breeze!

Jock Bolam heading to the finish
Jock Bolam heading to the finish

Breeze Bikes RT

Cyclists from the Amble club have taken on two races at the start of their season.

Phil Hall about to start

Phil Hall about to start

The latest race was the Wansbeck CC Hilly 21 from Belsay on Sunday.

Great conditions greeted the riders after the previous week’s awful weather. Breeze Bikes RT had a strong group, placing them second in the team prize again.

Phil Hall posted a great performance in his first full season of racing, placing fourth among some of the region’s best riders.

The winner was Carl Donaldson of GS Metro with Phil Hall, fourth; Lee McDermott, ninth; Mark Strang, 15; Mark Breeze, 20; Jock Bolam, 34.

Justine Norman averaged an amazing 18mph in her first Hilly 21-mile time trial.

The first standard distance race of the season, the GS Metro 25, took place on Sunday, April 12, over 25 miles, in which riders looked to beat the hour. It was a tough challenge on a rural course near Stamfordham.

A poor forecast put off several riders but a strong field of over 70 took to the start.

The first few riders were lucky enough to complete most of the race in the dry but the weather turned for the later starters. There were some desperate measures with blankets, towels and jackets handed around the village hall.

There was sun, rain, hail, sleet and then more rain. The weather also caused some riders, including Alnwick CC Derek McGuire, to crash.

The winner was local rider Carl Donaldson, with an amazing time of 58min 42secs in the worst of the conditions. Breeze Bikes RT riders were well placed with Harry Armstrong, fourth; Phil Hall, fifth; Mark Strang, ninth; Mark Breeze, 18; Jock Bolam, 30; Justine Norman, fourth (Women).