Staines Gains Again!

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Pos Name Inc in
Martin Staines (3rd-cat)
Worcester St Johns CC
Mark Allen (3rd cat)
Worcester St Johns CC
Rob Stilgoe (3rd cat)
Rugby RCC
Rhiannon Davies (4th cat)
RST Sport - Aero Coach
Richard Coleman (3rd cat)
Stourbridge Velo
Chris Parsons (3rd cat)
Rugby RCC

** Rider of the Month – Martin Staines (Worcester St John’s CC) **
Greatest increase in rankings points – up 72 points

June saw a variety of open time-trial events promoted by clubs in the Midlands. To start the month the Redditch R&PCC organised their annual 10-miler on the Dunnington-Norton-Alcester course, followed a week later by the Worcester St John’s CC 10 on the same course. That same weekend on the Sunday there were both the historic Shirley RC 50-mile TT, on a course which took riders up and down the A46 between Alcester and Evesham, and the Mercia CC 25 on the A38 course north of Birmingham. Later in the month the Hinckley CRC promoted a 25-mile event on the course based at Wolvey. 326 rides were done in total during June.

The standout achievement from the Rankings this month is that Martin Staines has AGAIN achieved the greatest increase in rankings points! Having won the Rider of the Month in May with a huge increase in points he has yet again made the most progress out of all the riders competing in the Midlands. Martin delivered another two 22-minute 10s in the Redditch and Worcester St. John’s events and showed vast improvement over his performances earlier in the season. Congratulations to him once again and again he wins a free massage from our sponsor, Sam Boswell of SBR Sports Massage.

Three riders have moved up from 4th-cat to 3rd-cat in June – well done to Mark Allen (Worcester St John’s CC) and both Rob Stilgoe and Chris Parsons of Rugby RC. Mark added a 22:40 in his own club’s 10 to the 22:30 he achieved in the Bromsgrove 10 at the end of May, giving him his two highest scores and entry to the 3rd-category. Chris also capitalised on good conditions in the Worcester St. John’s 10 to deliver what may have been his first ‘22’ on that course while it was in the Hinckley 25 that Rob shone with his highest open-event placing of 22nd place.

We also have three riders who have gone from 3rd-cat to 2nd-cat. Andrew Overton (Wyre Forest CRC) has stepped up his open time trialling this season and showed his potential in the Shirley 50 with an emphatic 6th place. Meanwhile Stephen Biddulph (Born to Bike) is another rider doing more open events this season and it was a 21:52 and 12th place in the Redditch 10 which secured him a 42-point increase and a move to 2nd-cat. Lastly a rider who was new to the scene in 2014 is Peter Blackwell (Solihull CC). In just a season and a half Peter has become a prolific open-event rider and he matched his course PB in the Redditch 10 to move up narrowly to 2nd-cat.

Our final promoted rider this month has made it to Elite status – congratulations to David Mead of Hinckley CRC. David sealed a win in the Walsall 10 in May and added a strong ride in his own club’s 25 to two third places in 10s earlier in the year.

Each month riders appear in the categories for the first time when they initially complete five counting events. Well done to the following riders who have appeared for the first time in the categories (above 4th-cat):

  • Stuart Walker (Wyre Forest CRC) – 3rd cat
  • Jack O’Neill (Mike Vaughan Cycles) – 3rd cat
  • Dean Dovey (Walsall RCC) – 2nd cat

We now have an online home for discussing time trials in the Midlands District – make sure you are a member of this Facebook group  and join in the discussion about what’s going on.

Also, if you don’t appear in the age-category rankings it is because we do not have your date of birth in the database of riders. Kindly drop us a message to let us know your date of birth so we can amend that

Well done to all riders on their successes and progress.