There was a sense of nervous excitement as 24 eager riders and their supporters gathered near Boroughbridge for the inaugural Moonglu Time Trial on Sunday the 2nd of October. Racing Secretary Paul Shears must have made an advance-booking for the light breeze and crisp early autumn sunshine - perfect conditions for a stress-free and seamlessly organised event. Covering a distance of 9.6 miles, the anti-clockwise loop visited well-known roads, including a couple of inclines that proved deceptively tough when tackled with weary lactate-filled legs. A spirited first effort saw Social Secretary Robyn Mclean take the lanterne rouge, narrowly missing out on the 30 minute watershed, while Steph Riley was, unsurprisingly, the fastest female with an excellent time of 28.02. Most early riders were faster than predicted, causing a flurry of activity by the support crew who got the kettles whistling and unveiled a dazzling display of home-made cakes.
Then came those hungry for the overall win. Only the previous day, Spike and Edd had ‘Everested’ themselves out of contention for the forthcoming TT, but battled on to post creditable times regardless. Also exhausted from his executive Tyrolean climbing binge, Chairman Gary set the mid-way benchmark at a shade over 26 minutes, then Ben Mewes pulled a barnstorming ride out of the bag to take the Junior trophy (some Haribo Tangfastics) in 25 and a half minutes. The first five places were a who’s who of Group 1 fast men; Chris Beadle, spinning a characteristically ludicrous high cadence to fifth place, while Secretary Neil Dunkley heaved an equally ludicrous low cadence to claim fourth. Dave Moss-Blundell wrestling to propel self and steed to an excellent third position with a time of 24.59, and sleek in skin-suit astride a TT Trek was strong-man Derek Irving, runner-up in 24 minutes and 4 seconds. The fastest competitor on the day was James Turner, also resplendent in dedicated TT kit, he charged round in 23 minutes and 27 seconds to claim the first Moonglu Time Trial win, accompanied by raucous encouragement and approval from the finish-line crowd.
The Time Trial was a huge success, much enjoyed by participants and supporters alike. This modest event heralds the beginning of competitive but friendly racing organised by Moonglu CC. Well done to everyone, with particular thanks to those involved in the organisation and refreshments.