Hot time on a cold night for new members Mahoney and Marron

A dry, but bitterly cold, 4 degree C evening, awaited the excellent entry of 22 teams, who took part in the first of the club’s two 2 Up TT events of the year. With a number of riders choosing to ride solo, plus one tandem, the actual entry on the night comprised a total of 52 riders, a clear indication that even on a cold evening, the club’s TTs are as popular as ever as lockdown eases.

Winners Ash Mahoney and Danny Marron in perfect harmony (photo Paul Dean)

The secret of riding a good 2 Up TT is for the two riders to pace each other, taking organised turns on the front, allowing the following rider to shelter and rest a little. However, it’s also a great opportunity for parents to ride with their children. Last night we had three father and daughter and one father and son combination, (children were aged between 12 and 16 years), plus a grandmother riding with her daughter.

Keeping warm was certainly the order of the night and the hottest pair, winning by over a minute, were new club members Ash Mahoney and Danny Marron with a time of 27m.31s. Just 6 seconds separated the next two pairs, with second placed Daniel Roberts/Jack Rose on 28m.54s and third placed Ben Heaney/Blaine Carpenter on 29m.00s. The first mixed pairing was Lydia Watts/Tobi Ng in fifth with Annie Heaney/Denise Shepherd the first women’s pair in eighth. Special mention should also go to Jon Simpkins and his daughter Peggy, who has just turned 16, who finished an excellent ninth overall.

Youngest competitor of the night, 12 year old William Morris, follows his father Andrew (photo Paul Dean)

Fastest overall solo rider on the night was Will Davey on 27m.48s with Naomi de Pennington the fastest woman on 31m.56s. The club’s next 2 Up TT is on 18th August, run on the same K4/20 course.

Top Ten 2 Up results; 1. Ash Mahoney/Danny Marron 27.31, 2. Daniel Roberts/Jack Rose 28.54, 3. Ben Heaney/Blaine Carpenter 29.00, 4. Cameron Foster/Tony Ball 30.09, 5. Lydia Watts/Tobi Ng 30.30, 6. Mark Davis/Stuart Quick 30.42, 7. Steve Goddard/David Wilcock 31.33, 8. Annie Heaney/Denise Shepherd 32.40, 9. Jon Simpkins/Peggy Simpkins 33.49, 10. Matt Sleath/Ila Pearson 34.19

Full results are now up on the Time Trial webpage