After a difficult time for sport in general and with no cycle racing allowed during the recent lockdown, the Wightlink-Wight Mountain TT Series finally got underway last week (16th July) with a 10 mile time trial on the Colemans circuit.
Having been given the green light by Cycling Time Trials only the week before, and due to a number of riders eager to return to racing, a decision was made to go ahead with the planned event at short notice.
Within 24 hours over 50 riders wishing to compete contacted the team organisers, Jerry and Julie Cooper, and the original plan for 40 places was extended to 50 which became the biggest field ever for an evening TT on the Isle of Wight.
Riders from Wightlink-Wight Mountain, Team Spy, Wight Tri, IOW Triathlon Club, West Wight Wheelers, Bike Jockey CC and a number of independent cyclists, joined together to compete in the various categories. The conditions were favourable and the scene was set for some very fast times.
The top 3 places overall were taken by Wightlink-Wight Mountain CRT riders. The fastest time was set by Kev Chant, picking up where he left off last season, with a new course record of 20 minutes 39 seconds. Second place went to Clint Oliver in 21.28, closely followed by Adam Holleyman in 21.37.
There were some amazing times set by the Under 18 riders taking part. The fastest Junior female was Lilly O’Dell (St Ives CC) in 28.22 and Ewan Cook (West Wight Wheelers), the youngest competitor who had only recently turned 12 years old, was the fastest Junior Male in 26.32.
In the Ladies category, Faye Faber was the first home in a time of 22.22, which was not only a new course record but also beat the previous Ladies Isle of Wight 10 mile TT record by an impressive 1 minute and 18 seconds.
In the Veterans category, Simon Ambrosini (WLWM Team) took first place, putting in a superb time of 21.45, which was also the fifth fastest time on the night.
All in all, the event was a great success, but couldn’t have happened without the support of the sponsors and the IOW cycling community who volunteered to help out on the evening.
Stuart James, Wightlink’s Director of Marketing and Innovation, said:
“We’re really pleased to see the Wightlink-Wight Mountain time trials return and it is wonderful to see so many cyclists taking part and clocking such impressive times! We’d like to thank all those who have worked so hard to put on the event in these challenging times and we wish all those taking part the best of luck for the remainder of the series.”