Following on from the success of the first round, the second event in the Wightlink-Wight Mountain TT Series took place on Thursday 13th August on the Ningwood course, with the HQ based at West Wight Alpacas.
Due to unprecedented interest, the organisers – Jerry and Julie Cooper – assembled an even larger field than the previous round with a total of 60 riders, breaking the record for the number of competitors in an Isle of Wight time trial.
Despite the threat of thunderstorms, the rain held off and the conditions were favourable with the scene set for some very fast times.
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 Top 3 places overall were taken by Wightlink-Wight Mountain CRT riders. The fastest time was set by Kev Chant, setting another new course record of 21:01. Second place went to Clint Oliver in 21:47, closely followed in joint third place by Adam Holleyman and Simon Ambrosini who both came home in a time of 21:57. Simon was also the winner of the Vets 50+ category.
There were again some fast times set by the under 18 riders taking part. The fastest Junior female was Sophie Nolan (Independent) in 29:11 and 12-year-old Ewan Cook (West Wight Wheelers), who was again the fastest Junior male in 26:16 – an impressive time for a more challenging course.
In the Ladies category, Anne Loh (Team Spy) was the first home in a time of 25.22.
Martin Piper was the fastest non Wightlink-Wight Mountain CRT rider on the night with a time of 23.14.
All in all, the event was again a great success, but couldn’t have happened without the support of the IOW cycling community who volunteered to help out on the evening, as well as the sponsors Wightlink, Wight Mountain, Island Stoves, CutLaserCut and staff at the West Wight Alpacas.
The final round of the Wightlink-Wight Mountain TT series will be held in September – a testing hilly course, a longer distance of 40km for the Senior riders and 20km for the Junior riders, which will be based at Chessell Pottery.