Fiona Burnie and Adam Wild both broke the course record on their way to victories in the Tyneside Vagabonds 47-mile mountain time trial near Belsay on Sunday.
The 64th running of the classic event – a round of the Lakes and Lancs SpoCo Series - took place with overcast skies but dry roads for the riders tackling the iconic climbs of Bilsmoor and Winter’s Gibbet.
Currently leading the Sigma Sports Classic Time Trial Series, Adam Wild (GS Metro) sliced 40 seconds from Olympic ace Chris Newton’s 2010 men’s course record of 1-50-16, clocking 1-49-30 to win by almost eight minutes.
And reigning national hill-climb champion Fiona Burnie (GS Metro) also broke the women’s course record with her time of 2-14-43.
Speaking after picking up the Marion Bunton Trophy for the fastest rider, Adam Wild said: “My sole aim today was to get the course record. I thought I had the legs to win, but I knew it was going to be tough as Newton was a phenomenal athlete.
“You pick up so much speed from the top of The Gibbet so it’s really hard to work out how fast you will be when you hit the finish. I got to Knowesgate on the course, and I knew I had to average 32 back on the main road, which in the main I was doing but then I started to get stuck behind traffic and I had to watch my speed dropping.
“I was thinking, I have to get this! In the end, it was a comfortable win as I had a decent tail wind on the run in. All in all, I had good legs and it was a good day.”
Matt Moorhouse (Preston CC) was second with 1:57:24 and was also the fastest vet on standard as well as over-40 veteran on actual time. Mark Robertson (Army Cycling) 1:58:18 was third which he achieved on a road bike.
Fastest woman, Fiona Burnie said: “I really enjoyed it – I’m saying that now in the car park as it’s all over!
“Last year, Adam and I were on track with our training to go for new CRs on this course, but due to roadworks the course had to be shortened last minute. This year we came to get them again, and we’re both very pleased to have done just that.
“The last seven miles when you get back onto the main road, I was thinking the faster I go - (A) I have more chance of getting the women’s course record and (B) this 47 mile horror-fest will be over!
“I did the race on my road bike because I really didn’t think I had the gearing and it would have been embarrassing falling off on the hills on my TT bike!”
Second lady - and fresh from competing in the Tour Series in Durham the day before - was Jennifer Batey (Team Boompods) in 2:25:11 while third was Sarah Wilkinson of Blaydon CC in 2:28:47. Sarah also picked up a medal for Fastest over-40 female.
The junior prize winner was the host club’s Matthew Wells with 2:11:39 to claim 18th position overall.
Fastest over-50 male veteran was Neil Wilkinson of Blaydon CC, while the fastest over-50 female was Jan Scotchford of North Lancashire Road Club. Tom Guy (Sunderland Clarion) was best over-60 male, while Cestria CC’s Richard Marshal was best over-70.
There was a special prize for the fastest ascent of Bilsmoor, which went to Patrick Clark (B38/Cycles in Motion) for the men, while Burnie was quickest female rider.
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Pos Name Club Gender Cat Time
1 Adam Wild GS Metro Male Espoir 1:49:30
2 Matt Moorhouse Preston CC Male Veteran 1:57:24
3 Mark Robertson Army Cycling Male Senior 1:58:18
4 Patrick Clark B38/Cycles In Motion Male Senior 1:59:38
5 John Routledge Barnesbury CC Male Senior 2:01:41
6 Julian Macbride Team Kirkley Cycles Male Senior 2:04:27
7 Phil Hall Breeze Bikes RT Male Veteran 2:05:22
8 Jamie Johnson Barnesbury CC Male Senior 2:06:16
9 Ben Lane GS Metro Male Veteran 2:06:30
10 Terry Wilkinson Barnesbury CC Male Senior 2:07:13
11 Chris Mather Derwentside CC Male Veteran 2:07:28
12 Lewis Wake Team Kirkley Cycles Male Senior 2:07:51
13 Jonathan Bayley Reifen Racing Male Senior 2:08:22
14 Scott Mccance Derwentside CC Male Veteran 2:08:55
15 Neil Wilkinson Blaydon CC Male Veteran 2:10:49
16 Peter Stokoe Sunderland Clarion Male Senior 2:10:58
17 Ken Thursby Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran 2:11:24
18 Matthew Wells Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Junior 2:11:39
19 Terry Fountain Breeze Bikes RT Male Veteran 2:11:52
20 Ian Taylor Blumilk.com Male Veteran 2:12:13
21 Bryan Pool Border City Whs CC Male Veteran 2:12:34
22 Gavin Richardson Sunderland Clarion Male Veteran 2:13:29
23 David Leslie Houghton CC Male Veteran 2:14:38
24 Fiona Burnie GS Metro Female Senior 2:14:43
25 Colin Blacklock Muckle Cycle Club Male Veteran 2:15:11
26 Neil Withington Beacon Wheelers Male Veteran 2:15:45
27 Alan Henry Zeus CRT Male Veteran 2:16:02
28 James Meadows Cleveland Wheelers CC Male Senior 2:16:46
29 Mark Herbert Derwentside CC Male Veteran 2:17:16
30 Mark Whaley Blaydon CC Male Veteran 2:18:08
31 Richard Morgan Barrow Central Wheelers Male Senior 2:18:13
32 Peter Herdman Blaydon CC Male Veteran 2:18:25
33 Ian Gallon North Tyneside Riders CC Male Veteran 2:18:52
34 David Symes Blaydon CC Male Veteran 2:18:53
35 Tom Guy Sunderland Clarion Male Veteran 2:18:58
36 Michael Lynch Derwentside CC Male Veteran 2:19:35
37 Russell Hughes Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran 2:20:10
38 Joe Leiserach Blaydon CC Male Senior 2:20:33
39 Joseph Hunter Allen Valley Velo Male Senior 2:20:46
40 Dan Kendall Rock to Roll CC Male Senior 2:20:49
41 Lester Grant Auchencrow Thistle CC Male Senior 2:20:57
42 Craig Nicholl South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Veteran 2:22:47
43 Roy Flanagan Rossendale RC Male Veteran 2:23:05
44 Roger Clarke Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran 2:23:40
45 Dougan Collins Ferryhill Whs Male Veteran 2:24:15
46 Craig Summersgill Rock to Roll CC Male Senior 2:24:35
47 Adam Wilson Cramlington CC Male Senior 2:25:03
48 Jennifer Batey Team Boompods Female Senior 2:25:11
49 Michael Hardcastle Royal Air Force Cycling Association Male Veteran 2:25:38
50 Neil Parkin Derwentside CC Male Veteran 2:25:42
51 Paul Robson Houghton CC Male Veteran 2:26:04
52 Keith Sibbald Zeus CRT Male Veteran 2:26:58
53 Tim Nichol Blaydon CC Male Senior 2:27:11
54 Chris Smith Reifen Racing Male Senior 2:27:16
55 Adam Chambers Verulam CC Male Veteran 2:27:49
56 David Hardy South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Veteran 2:28:10
57 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC Female Veteran 2:28:47
58 Shaun O'shea NRG/Triscience RT Male Veteran 2:29:03
59 Rachel Galler Blaydon CC Female Senior 2:29:11
60 Joanne Rea Blaydon CC Female Senior 2:30:11
61 Martin Rasmussen Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran 2:32:53
62 Paul Warrener Rossendale RC Male Veteran 2:33:33
63 Jan Scotchford North Lancashire Road Club Female Veteran 2:34:33
64 Jeff Belt Stockton Wheelers CC Male Veteran 2:35:46
65 Richard Burt Solihull CC Male Veteran 2:37:10
66 Stephen Roberts Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Veteran 2:38:16
67 Christopher Thompson Wansbeck CC Male Veteran 2:38:17
68 I Maddison Ryton Tri Club Male Veteran 2:39:45
69 Howie Buckingham Allen Valley Velo Male Veteran 2:40:24
70 Tony Thompson North Racing Male Veteran 2:41:18
71 Paul Barrett Wearside Triathlon Male Senior 2:41:22
72 David Mitcheson North Racing Male Veteran 2:43:16
73 Raymond Bell Derwentside CC Male Veteran 2:44:44
74 Stephen Mcintosh Barnesbury CC Male Veteran 2:47:35
75 Paula Salter North Tyneside Riders CC Female Veteran 2:51:12
76 Phil Dunn Wansbeck CC Male Veteran 2:57:03
77 Sian Salter North Tyneside Riders CC Female Senior 3:06:25
78 Richard Marshall Cestria C.C. Male Veteran 3:06:26
79 John Beecroft Wansbeck CC Male Veteran 3:11:10
Jon Sturman Blumilk.com Male Veteran DNF
Andrew Jackman Physiohaus Health and Performance Male Senior DNS
Brian Ward Team Protech SB Male Senior DNS
Randle Shenton Team Swift Male Veteran DNS
Adam Hogarth Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Senior DNS
Stephen Knight Blaydon CC Male Senior DNS
Stephen Magrath Blaydon CC Male Senior DNS
Miriam Jessett Team Kirkley Cycles Female Espoir DNS(A)
Jay Pitt Derwentside CC Male Senior DNS(A)
Stephen Walton Muckle Cycle Club Male Veteran DNS(A)
Hannah Farran Team Boompods Female Senior DNS(A)
Venda Louise Pollock Blaydon CC Female Veteran DNS(A)
Nick Badcock Allen Valley Velo Male Senior DNS(A)
Eddie Addis RT 23 Male Veteran DNS(A)
David Hilditch Ribble Valley C&RC Male Veteran DNS(A)
Ian Norris Blumilk.com Male Veteran DNS(A)