Thomas Hutchinson and Joanne Rea were winners at the North East 100-Mile Championship, staged in Northumberland by Tyneside Vagabonds CC on Sunday.
Hutchinson, 22 and from Ponteland, clocked 4-02-26 to take the win by more than five minutes in his first 100-mile event.
Second spot went to Richard Sharp (Team Swift) with 4-07-46, while third was Ali Bailey (GS Metro) with 4-10-11.
And in the women’s race Blaydon CC rider Rea, 30 and from Prudhoe, clocked 4-47-25 in what was also her first 100-mile race. She was 2-41 quicker than second-placed female and Blaydon CC team-mate Gemma Hutchins.
“It was my first 100, so a great learning experience and an excellent end to my season,” said Hutchinson. “In hindsight, I probably consumed too much water inside of the first 30 minutes and consequently, I paid the price!
“After stopping twice I managed to find a decent rhythm so it’s a shame not to go sub 4 hours, that said, the wind was pretty brutal during the last two laps.”
And meanwhile, Rea said of her ride: “I felt pretty good on the first couple of laps but then the wind started to pick up. That said, my third lap split was better than my second which really surprised me!
“There are things I would change if doing a 100 again, but all a learning curve for my first attempt, having only done a 50 previously. I probably didn’t drink as much as I thought I had and that showed in the last 20 minutes as I was pushing for the finish line.
“Six months ago I set myself a target of learning to ride my TT bike – I never thought for one moment that I would spend just over four hours on it and to finish my first ever TT season with a championship win! It really is fantastic.”
Conditions were warm and dry for the start, but the wind steadily picked up throughout the morning, making the course heavy going for all.
Also in the prizes was Ian Simon (Breeze Bikes) who was fastest over-40 veteran, while Martin Rasmussen (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) was quickest over-50 veteran and Philip Wheatley (AIMS Cycling) was fastest on a road bike.
Rasmussen’s ride was a personal best by 26 minutes and gave the Norwegian a top ten finish.
Pos Name Team Gender Cat Time
1 Thomas Hutchinson Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Senior 4:02:26
2 Richard Sharp Team Swift Male Senior 4:07:46
3 Ali Bailey GS Metro Male Senior 4:10:11
4 Nick Badcock Allen Valley Velo Male Senior 4:12:33
5 John Routledge Barnesbury CC Male Senior 4:20:05
6 Scott Mccance Derwentside CC Male Senior 4:25:10
7 Ian Simon Breeze Bikes RT Male Veteran 4:30:05
8 David Swainson Derwentside CC Male Veteran 4:30:41
9 Martin Rasmussen Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran 4:33:59
10 Andrew Dickson Berwick Wheelers Cycling Club Male Senior 4:42:08
11 Gary Simpson Yorkshire Road Club Male Veteran 4:44:29
12 Joanne Rea Blaydon CC Female Senior 4:47:25
13 Gemma Hutchins Blaydon CC Female Senior 4:50:06
14 Philip Wheatley AIMS Cycling Male Senior 4:50:28
15 Richard Barnett VELO CLUB 167 Male Veteran 5:00:26
16 Carrie Brookes North Tyneside Riders CC Female Veteran 5:01:41
17 Tania Tucker Tyneside Vagabonds CC Female Veteran 5:09:59
18 Claire Cook Muckle Cycle Club Female Senior 5:12:33
19 Raymond Bell Derwentside CC Male Veteran 5:24:36
20 Sara Cummings Blaydon CC Female Veteran 5:29:10
21 Shaun Teasdale Stockton Wheelers CC Male Veteran 5:35:36
22 Kath Finn Kendal Cycle Club Female Veteran 5:35:59
23 Hannah Baker North Tyneside Riders CC Female Senior 5:53:29
24 David Penny Houghton CC Male Veteran 6:14:19
APOLS Michael Fisher Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran APOLS
APOLS Richard Bickley Border City Whs CC Male Senior APOLS
APOLS Ken Thursby Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran APOLS
DNF Lee Head North Tyneside Riders CC Male Veteran DNF
DNF Andrew Wilson Hartlepool CC Male Veteran DNF
DNF Carl Donaldson GS Metro Male Senior DNF
DNS Stacey Stump York Cycleworks Male Veteran DNS
DNS Julian Macbride Blaydon CC Male Senior DNS
DNS Mike Potter Scarborough Paragon CC Male Veteran DNS
DNS Sebastian Stockbridge Blaydon CC Male Senior DNS