BERWICK WHEELERS CYCLING CLUB 

      Racing and Social cycling in the Borders and Northumberland.     

Weekly Report;  (15/09/15)

By Neil Wilson.

The last club race of the season saw riders tackle the 25% slopes of Burnmouth Brae and it was the Scorey brothers who took the top two spots on the night.


Despite the bad weather of earlier in the day the club hill climb championships greeted all who raced and spectated with mild temperatures and calm conditions. 16 riders tacked the hill in front of a crowd of over 30 spectators and it was reigning champion Andrew Scorey who took the honours with a 2 minutes dead ride, to again equal the course record. William Scorey, who posted the fastest time of the early starters, wasn’t too far behind in second on 2’ 11”, but the closest clash was saved for third where Neil Wilson fell just 3 seconds short of Andy Warings earlier 2’ 27”.


Michelle Highfield made up for her unfortunate crash on the same hill last season to take the ladies title in 3’ 50”. Once again bad luck struck, as there were mishaps for two riders, Mark Jones found himself off the road and fell and guest rider Andy Iceton snapped his chain just metres before the finish line. Both riders managed to finish.

Results:  Hill Climb Championship  (Thurs; 3rd. September)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Andrew Scorey
 2' 00"
 William Scorey
 2' 11"
 Andrew Waring
 2' 27"
 Neil Wilson
 2' 30"
 Doug Robertson
 2' 36"
 Chris Cowe
 2' 37"
 Domonic Blythe
 2' 43"
 Andrew Icetom  (Guest Rider)
 2' 56"   (chain snapped 10yds from finish)
 Ian Russell
 2' 56"
 Neil Cruikshanks
 2' 59"
 Brian Cowe
 3' 34"
 Ian Forsythe
 3' 40"
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 3' 50"
 Jim Blythe
 3' 59" 
 Mark Jones
 5' 00"   (fell 40 yds from finish but remounted)
 Steven Grimwood
 6' 22"

Weekly Report  (02/09/15)

By Neil Wilson.
 

This week saw the last club 10 of the season held on the Pistols course and despite a strong westerly wind running down the course there were still a fair few PB's.

 

Some riders even turned up in fancy dress to mark the end of the TT season, pink was the dominant colour. Once the racing got underway Andrew Scorey signed off in style taking the win in a rapid 22’ 18”, Andy Waring lowered his PB for the third week running with a 23’ 11” and Doug Robertson placed third in 23’ 48”. Other notable performances came from Neil Cruickshanks, Ian Forsyth and Steven Grimwood, who all posted PB's.

 

This week sees the final club race of the year, the hill climb. The riders will tackle the brutal slope of Burnmouth Brae which has an overall gradient of 20% and reaches just a touch over 25% in places. There will be refreshments and nibbles after in Burnmouth Village Hall, all welcome. Riders are asked to please park considerately in the village, meeting at the top of the Brae 6.30 for a 7pm start.

Results:  10 miles TT  (Thurs; 27th August)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Andrew Scorey
 22' 18"
 Andrew Waring
 23' 11"   Personal Best Time!
 Doug Robertson
 23' 48"
 Steve Rowley
 24' 07"
 Chris Cowe
 24' 40"
 Garry Smith
 25' 15"
 Neil Cruikshanks
 25' 50"   Personal Best Time!
 Pete Blythe
 26' 21"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady & in fancy dress)
 27' 02"
 Jim Blythe
 27' 22"
 George & Ben Johnston  (Tandem)
 27' 26"
 Ian Forsyth
 28' 49"   Personal Best Time!
 Steven Grimwood
 30' 13"   Personal Best Time!
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 30' 23"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady & in fancy dress)
 30' 40"
 Samuel Johnston  (Junior)
 31' 42"
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 31' 56"

Weekly Review;  25/8/15


By Neil Wilson.
 

The final race of this season’s time trail league was held in fine conditions on what turned out to be the quickest night of the year so far. All eyes were on new member Chris Cowe and club old boy Dougie Robertson for the title race, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.


Dougie posted an excellent 23’ 43” ride to take second on time on the night from Andrew Waring (who set yet another personal best time with 23’ 18”) Chris managed to impressively slice over 30 seconds off his PB to come joint 3rd with Doug Slater in 24’ 28”, when all the times were in it was obvious that it was very close.


Chris took the win on handicap and the maximum 10 points which took him to a total of 54 out of a possible 60. Dougie took 9 points for second to take the overall title with 55 points, with Andrew in third on the night and in the title race on 45. It was even closer than all thought as Dougie took his nine points by just 2 seconds from Andrew and would have lost the title on countback had he been tied on points with Chris. That was not to be and Dougie, who had held the lead in the series for the whole season, ran out a deserved overall winner in the closest finish for many years.

 

The Ladies title was taken by Joyce Mark with new member Emma Jones second and Alison Kerr in third. There were no less than seven PB’s on the night and another good turn-out of 18 riders.


Club members were out in force at the weekend with seven riders participating alongside in the Ken Laidlaw sportive over a very challenging 103 mile course staring in Hawick, a fantastic day was had by all and everyone completed their ride.

Results:  10 miles TT  & Round 8 in the points league  (Thurs; 20th August)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Net Times
 Points Scored
 Andrew Waring
 23' 18"   Personal Best Time!
 20' 15"
 8
 Doug Robertson
 23' 43"
 20' 13"
 9
 Chris Cowe
 24' 28"   Personal Best Time!
 19' 48"
 10
 Doug Slater
 24' 28"
 21' 02"
 2
 Garry Smith
 24' 14"
 20' 45"
 5
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 25' 26"
 20' 46"
 4
 Pete Blythe
 26' 10"
 20' 44"
 7
 Neil Cruikshanks
 26' 23"
 21' 09"
 1
 George & Ben Johnston  (Tandem)
 26' 29"   Personal Best Time!
 
 
 Ian Russell
 27' 26"   Personal Best Time!
 20' 41"
 6
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 28' 20"
 21' 01"
 3
 Brian Cowe  (Guest)
 29' 16"
 
 
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 29' 51"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 26"
 
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 29' 58"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 24"
 
 Steven Grimwood  (Guest)
 30' 32"
 
 
 Samuel Johnston  (Junior)
 30' 57"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 16"
 
 Lisa Sinton   (Lady)
 31' 59"
 23' 00"
 
For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review;  18/8/15


By Neil Wilson.
 

Scorey scores big to gain 1st category status!

 

Andrew Scorey, Dom Blythe and Neil Wilson were in action mid-week in the Middlesbrough criteriums. With Dom and Neil racing first in the 4th cat event. The duo took it in turns to attack the field throughout the race and although they didn’t managed to forge a significant break Dom placed himself well in the closing stages and took an excellent 6th, which gave him enough points in the season to progress to a 3rd cat license.

 

Next up was Andrew in the 2-3-4 cat race, Neil joined in for some support and brought back a few breakaways before he tired, leaving it to Andrew to attack the field and generally string them all out throughout the remainder of the race, coming into the last lap Andrew managed to pull back a couple of late escapees then narrowly missed out on the win taking second by less than half a wheel. The result gave Andrew the few points he required to gain his 1cat licence in only his second full road racing season, an outstanding achievement, given that he mainly races without teammates in the higher level races.

This week also saw the penultimate round of the time trial league. For once it was a good run out to the turn last night but a bit of an easterly wind on the return leg, however, with the temperature at 17c no one was complaining. 6 Personal Best’s on the night, Andy Waring was in top form with another 1st place and a PB in 23’ 21”, Doug Slater 2nd with 24’ 18” and Dougie Robertson just a few seconds back in 3rd with 24’ 21”. Further down the field Samuel Johnston had another PB with 41’ 47” whose dad George turned out with his younger brother Benjamin on the tandem and did an excellent time of 26’ 55”! Emma Jones and Jami Blyth both had good PBs, Emma Jones taking 8 points in the handicap league; she is now only 6 points off Joyce Mark with Wanda Field in third.

Dougie Robertson’s lead in the men’s competition is slowly being whittled down by Chris Cowe, with a 9 point score and a PB to boot Chris is on 45 points to Dougie’s 53, only 6 rides score and basically Chris will take the title if he finishes in front of Dougie in the points next week, it’s going to be a nail biter.

Results:  10 miles TT  & Round 7 in the points league  (Thurs; 13th August)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Net Times
 Points Scored
 Anderw Waring
 23' 21"   Personal Best Time!
 20' 13"
 10
 Douge Slater
 24' 18"
 20' 52"
 6
 Douge Robertson
 24' 21"
 20' 51"
 7
 Chris Cowe
 25' 16"   Personal Best Time!
 20' 35"
 9
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 26' 03"
 21' 23"
 2
 Neil Cruikshanks
 26' 21"
 21' 07"
 4
 Gary Smith
 26' 23"
 21' 54"
 
 Pete Blythe
 26' 24"
 20' 58"
 5
 George & Ben Johnston  (Tandem)
 26' 55"
 
 
 Ian Russell
 28' 43"
 21' 38"
 1
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 28' 50"
 22' 35"
 
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 29' 01"
 21' 42"
 
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 30' 06"   Personal Best Time!
 20' 49"
 8
 Ian Forsyth
 30' 07"
 21' 43"
 
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 30' 25"
 21' 51"
 
 Mark Jones
 31' 14"
 22' 10"
 
 Samuel Johnston  (Junior)
 31' 47"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 21"
 3
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 31' 55"
 25' 36"
 
 Lisa Sinton   (Lady)
 32' 40"
 23' 41"
 
 Jami Blythe  (Lady)
 34' 53"   Personal Best Time!
 22' 23"
 
For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review;  11/8/15


By Neil Wilson.

This weeks club time trial saw an excellent turnout of 20 riders for a 10 miler, the sun was out but a strong westerly wind again made it a hard ride to the turn. Despite the conditions Andrew Scorey took the win in a speedy time of 22’ 33” with Dom Blythe taking second on 23’ 59” and Steve Rowley a close third on 24’ 03”, Joyce Mark was first lady home in 26’ 39”.

At the weekend riders were in road race action in the hills around both West Calder and Penicuik. Neil Wilson and Andy Waring rode the Pedal Power race on Saturday on a stiff course with plenty of hills, Neil managed to hold on to the bunch till just before half distance and Andy rode strongly to finish in the pack on what was a very fast average speed of over 23 mph for the hilly course. Andrew Scorey raced in the VC Edinburgh road race on the Sunday as defending champion, despite being at the heart of the action throughout the race he couldn’t repeat his win of last year, his fourth place finish left him just one agonising point short of the 200 needed in a season to gain 1st category licence status, surely the 200 will come very soon.

Results:  10 mile TT  (Thurs; 6th August)

Riders.
 Finish Times.
 Andrew Scorey
 22' 33"
 Domonic Blythe
 23' 59"
 Steve Rowley
 24' 03"
 Doug Robertson
 24' 46"
 Doug Slater
 24' 48"
 Neil Wilson
 25' 23"
 Chris Cowe
 25' 39"
 Andrew Beeke
 26' 05"
 Neil Cruickshanks
 26' 29"
 Joyce Mark   (Lady)
 26' 39"
 Pete Blythe
 26' 53"
 Jim Blythe
 27' 53"
 Alison Kerr   (Lady)
 29' 37"
 Ian Forsyth
 30' 39"
 Michelle Highfield   (Lady)
 31' 18"
 Emma Jones   (Lady)
 31' 50"
 Mark Jones
 32' 32"
 Samuel Johnston   (Junior)
 32' 47"
 Lisa Sinton   (Lady)
 33' 33"
 Jami Blythe   (Lady)
 35' 53"

Weekly Review  (3rd August)

By Gill Caine.


Thursday night was another 10 mile time trial and for the second week in a row the sun was shining with a decent turnout of 17 riders.


It was great to welcome back ex Wheeler Steven Wilson who put in a good performance with a time of 28’ 14”. The general opinion was that it was a tough ride out to the turn but better on the return leg. Young Samuel Johnston who is new to solo time trial riding this season managed the only PB of the night coming in with a time of 32’ 47”. 1st place this week went to Andy Waring with 23’ 54” (even though he had to negotiate overtaking a tandem on the turn for a bit of variety) 2nd to Doug Robertson with 24’ 27” and 3rd was Doug Slater with 25’ 01”. Chris Cowe turned up on a TT specific bike this week and came in an excellent 4th with 25’ 28” with a few tweaks to be done to the bike setup he will be one to watch. There were 4 ladies out with Joyce Mark taking the honours in 26’ 34” followed by Wanda, Alison


The highlight of the evening was seeing the two club fast men turning up on a steel tandem. With spectators in double figures I guessed we were in for a treat! Andrew Scorey and Dom Blyth decided it was time to attempt a new club record so to the tandem they turned, they did it too! The record held by P. Fox / D. Mulholland and set in 1993 stood at 22’ 19”, Andrew & Dom managed a time of 22’ 09” for their first outing so they were more than happy with the result. They took a long time to appear back at the sign on, rumour was it had taken until Paxton to slow the beast down. I did spot a bit of an action packed turn (I think George Johnston may be recruited for some expert tandem skills) with Andy Wearing avoiding them however with a bit of practice I am sure their new club record won’t stand for long.


There are only two remaining league nights this season on 13th and 20th July and with only 12 points separating Doug Robertson in 1st and Chris Cowe in 2nd place there is still all to play for.


On the same day club member Gill Caine was taking part in Stage 27 of The Countrywide Great Tour of Britain which is a 64 day clockwise ride around the British coast. Only 6 riders are taking part in the complete distance however riders can join and take part in either single or multi days.


Sunday this week had Dom Blyth and Neil Wilson back down in Middelsbrough for the Teesside Clarion Crit Race, however no prizes this outing. They were both out on their new road bikes and with some dreadful weather common sense took over and the name of the game was to get round in one piece.


Results:  10 mile TT & round 7 in the Points League  (Thurs; 30th July).

Riders
 Turn Times
 Finish Times
 Net Times
 Points Scored
 Andrew Waring
 13' 25"
 23' 54"
 20' 46"
 10
 Doug Robertson
 13' 55"
 24' 27"
 20' 57"
 8
 Doug Slater
 14' 01"
 25' 01"
 21' 35"
 7
 Chris Cowe
 14' 45"
 25' 28"
 20' 47"
 9
 Andrew Beeke
 16' 00"
 26' 10"
 22' 22"
 
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 15' 12"
 26' 34"
 21' 54"
 4
 Neil Cruikshanks
 15' 11"
 26' 56"
 21' 42"
 6
 Pete Blythe
 15' 25"
 27' 11"
 21' 45"
 5
 Jim Blythe
 15' 46"
 27' 52"
 22' 05"
 3
 Steven Wilson  (Guest Rider)
 15' 56"
 
 
 
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 16' 11"
 29' 03"
 22' 48"
 
 Ian Russell
 16' 40"
 29' 15"
 22' 10"
 1
 Alson Kerr  (Lady)
 17' 13"
 30' 00"
 22' 41"
 
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 17' 58"
 30' 14"
 22' 40"
 
 Mark Jones
 18' 25"
 31' 51"
 22' 47"
 
 Samuel Johnston  (Junior)
 18' 50"
 32' 47"    Personal Best Time!
 22' 07"
 2
For full listings see points league page.
Riders  (Tandem)
 Turn Time
 Finish Time
 Andrew Scorey & Domonic Blythe
 12' 24"
 22' 09"   New Club Tandem Record!

Weekly Review:  (27th July)

Report by Gill Caine.


This weeks’ time trial was another 10 miler and round 5 of the annual 10 time trial league.

With 18 riders on the start line and the weather fairly standard for this season with a stiff westerly wind on the outward leg but with the added bonus of a good fast return to the finish.


Andrew Scorey was the fastest home with a time of 22’ 32”. Second went to Doug Robertson with 24’ 06” and third place was Doug Slater with 24’ 44”. Joyce Mark was 4th overall and the fastest lady with a time of 26’ 19”. With only three more rounds to complete in the 10 league there is still all to play for. Doug Robertson is ahead with 44 points; Steve Rowley and Chris Cowe are tied on 27, Andrew Scorey on 23 and Neil Cruickshanks on 22.5.


Saturday was the Wooler Wheel Big’Un sportive described as 207km (130 miles) distance with a total ascent of 3200m and not for the faint hearted!

Neil Cruickshanks was the only Wheeler out on the day he managed to get into a group of Haddington Road Club riders including Wheelers friend Darren Lindsay and completed the circuit in well under 8 hours. 


Sunday saw Andrew Scorey down in Stamfordham taking part in the 60 mile 3 lap Thornton Trophy, a tough race with some stiff climbs. He missed out on the break away on this occasion and ended up in 13th position. Andrew travelled down with young Hamish Carrick who rides for Project 51 with Berwick Wheelers as his second club; he came in an excellent 3rd on the day. 


Michelle Highfield, Emma Jones, Joan Nisbet, Lisa Sinton & Gill Caine were in Denholm taking part in the inaugural Border Women’s Aid 100k Sportive (which was combined with the Rapha 100) which was a very well run ride taking in a good section of Borders towns and climbs. They completed the ride comfortably in less than 5 hours and managed a whole day of riding in the sun!

Results:  10TT & round 5 of the Points League  (Thurs; 23rd July)

Riders
 Turn Times
 Finish Times
 Net Times
 Points Scored
 Andrew Scorey 
 22' 32"
 20' 26"
 10
 Doug Robertson
 13' 50"
 24' 06"
 20' 36"
 9
 Doug Slater
 14' 17"
 24' 44"
 21' 18"
 7
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 15' 24"
 26' 19"
 21' 39"
 5
 Chris Cowe
 15' 19"
 26' 35"
 21' 54"
 1
 Neil Cruickshanks
 15' 11"
 26' 44"
 21' 30"
 6
 Pete Blythe
 15' 52"
 27' 12"
 21' 46"
 3
 Ian Russell
 16' 45"
 28' 52"
 21' 47"
 2
 Jim Blythe
 17' 05"
 29' 28"
 23' 41"
 
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 17' 24"
 29' 52"
 22' 33"
 
 Ian Forsyth
 17' 43"
 30' 04"
 21' 40"
 4
 Mark Jonse
 17' 59"
 30' 58"
 21' 16"
 8
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 18' 10"
 31' 12"
 22' 38"
 
 Emma Jonse  (Lady)
 18' 38"
 31' 25"
 22' 08"
 
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 17' 30"
 31' 27"
 25' 08"
 
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 19' 24"
 32' 26"
 23' 27"
 
 Joan Nisbet  (Lady)
 21' 00"
 35' 47"
 34' 28"
 
 Jami Blythe  (Lady)
 21' 55"
 36' 44"
 24' 14"
 
For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review:  (17th July)

By Neil Wilson.


This week club time trial was another 15 miler, as the hilly champs had to be postponed, due to roadworks on the Duns to Grantshouse course.


12 riders were greeted by strong easterly winds, which pointed to a fast leg to the turn and a very hard ride back. And so it panned out, as most found themselves at the turn in record time, only to then find an unrelenting barrier all the way back! Despite the conditions, Doug Robertson managed to post almost the same time as his ride last week to take 1st place in 36’ 34”, with Doug Slater in second on 38’ 19” and Neil Wilson close behind in third with a 38’ 34” Joyce Mark, returning from her European champs success, was the fastest lady in a very creditable 40’ 09” for an excellent 4th place overall.


Andrew Scorey and Dom Blythe were off in search of road racing points down at criteriums near Middlesborough on the same evening. Despite Dom pushing the pack hard all the way in his 4th cat race he just missed out on a top 10 placing in the sprint for the line. Andrew continued his return to form with a well-earned win in the 2/3/4 category race, breaking away in a small group early on and then taking the sprint for the line. He followed that result up with another good placing, 8th, in his second race of the night.

Results: 15 mile TT  (Thurs; 16th July)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Doug Robertson
 36' 34"
 Doug Slater
 38' 19"
 Neil Wilson
 38' 34"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 40' 09"
 Neil Crickshanks
 40' 55"
 Pete Blythe
 41' 18"
 Jim Blythe
 42' 03"
 Ian Russell
 44' 19"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 45' 37"
 Mark Jones
 47' 51"
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 48' 18"
 Jami Blythe  (Lady)
 56' 23"

Weekly Review:  (14th June)

By Neil Wilson.


This weeks report starts with a Triathlon, as Joyce Mark wins her fourth consecutive European sprint triathlon title.


Joyce put in a very strong swim in the first leg and followed that up with quick times in the bike and run sections to take the win in Geneva by more than two minutes, a fantastic result on its own, but four in a row is really something quite special.


The previous evening saw the club hold its 15 mile championship on the Sinclairs Hill course. It was a case of de ja vu as Andrew Scorey took the title followed by Dom Blythe, in yet another PB, and Doug Robertson in third, exactly the same result as the 25 champs two weeks earlier. In the ladies event, with Joyce away at the European champs there was a chance for a new champion, Wanda Field promptly took her first club title with Alison Kerr in second and Emma Jones third. Doug Robertson also took the veterans standard award.


At the weekend Andrew Scorey made his return to road racing after his bad crash a few weeks ago. At the Stockton Riverside Criterium Andrew was part of an eight man breakaway that made it all the way to the finish in the main event of the day, he took fourth place in the sprint to the line, not bad for his first race back.

Results:  15 mile Club Championship  (Thurs; 9th July)

Riders
 Turn Times
 Finish Times
 Vets Standard
 Andrew Scorey
 17' 40"
 34' 51"   Mens Champion!
 
 Domonic Blythe
 18' 04"
 36' 02"   Personal Best Time!
 
 Doug Robertson
 18' 36"
 36' 38"
 +4' 12"
 Neil Wilson
 19' 10"
 39' 09"
 +1' 07"
 Andrew Beeke
 20' 03"
 39' 46"
 
 Jim Blythe
 20' 30"
 41' 06"
 +0' 37"
 Pete Blythe
 20' 30"
 41' 07"
 
 Neil Cruickshanks
 20' 25"
 41' 21"
 
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 20' 45"
 42' 03"   Ladies Champion!
 +0' 22"
 Ian Russell
 21' 27"
 43' 19"   Personal Best Time!
 
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 22' 10"
 45' 31"
 
 Ian Forsythe
 22' 30"
 46' 33"
 
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 24' 18"
 48' 22"   Personal best Time!
 
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 25' 30"
 50' 20"
 
 Jami Blythe  (Lady)
 26' 35"
 53' 56"   Personal Best Time!
 

Weekly Review  (8th July)

By Neil Wilson.


Round four of the season long time trial league saw Chris Cowe ride a huge PB and take the 10 points on offer for first place on handicap.


On a night that saw no less than four Personal Best's Chris had the stand out ride, beating his PB by nearly a minute with a 25 17”, league leader Doug Robertson continued to stretch out his points tally with a 23’ 53” and 9 points, Steve Rowley was close behind, just another second back, with a 23’ 54” for the 8 points. 


Andrew Scorey was fastest on the night with a 22’ 46”, Doug's time took second and Steve Rowley was third. Of the other racers Ian Russell and Neil Cruickshanks and Emma Jones all deserve mention, Ian knocking a big slice of his PB with a 28’ 16” and Neil breaking 26 minutes for the first time with a 25’ 59” and Emma Jones with a 31’ 15”. 


Going into the second half of the time trial league season Doug has 35 points, Steve lies second with 27 and Chris is just behind on 26, the leading lady is Wanda Field.

Results:  10 mile TT & Round 4 in the points league  (Thurs; 2nd July)

Riders
 Turn Times

 Finish Times

 Points Scored
 Andrew Scorey
 12' 50"
 22' 46"
  5
 Doug Robertson
 13' 33"
 23' 53"
  9
 Steven Rowley
 13' 28"
 23' 54"
  8
 Andrew Waring
 14' 10"
 25' 14"
 
 Chris Cowe
 13' 55"
 25' 17"   Personal Best Time!
  10
 Andrew Beeke
 14' 20"
 25' 33"
 
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 14' 32"
 25' 39"
  3
 Gary Smith
 14' 24"
 25' 45"
 
 Neil Cruickshanks
 14' 40"
 25' 59"   Personal Best Time!
  6.5
 Pete Blythe
 15' 02"
 26' 35"
 
 Jim Blythe
 15' 12"
 26' 49"
  2
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 15' 29"
 27' 20"
  1
 Ian Russell
 16' 06"
 28' 19"   Personal Best Time!
  6.5
 Alison Kerr (Lady)
 16' 14"
 28' 38"
  4
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 16' 54"
 29' 34"
 
 Colin Cairnsford  (Guest Rider)
 17' 15"
 30' 25"   Personal best Time!
 
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 17' 30"
 30' 32"
 
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 17' 53"
 30' 59"
 
 Emma Jonse  (Lady)
 17' 43"
 31' 15"   Personal best Time!
 
For full listings see points league page.

Weekly Review:  (30th June.)

By Neil Wilson.


The final round of this years Border Trophy series was held in Hawick on a warm but windy night. Kelso Wheelers were holding a good lead over the rest of the clubs so realistically the race was on for the runner up spot. Berwick unfortunately found themselves with only 6 starters with a number of riders being unavailable through injury and other commitments, this left them in 4th place overall which was a disappointing end to the series. Despite this there were notable performances on the night with Dom Blythe placing 9th on a 23’ 45” ride for the 10 hilly miles and Doug Robertson posting a 24’ 29” on his spare bike after his mishap in the Kelso leg the previous week. 


Onto Thursday… and the second club championship of the season. The 25 miler. With all eyes were on Andrew Scorey but the big question was, what time could he do on a warm summers evening. It was tougher out to the turn than expected but Andrew posted a 58’ 44” to take another title, Dom Blythe continued his great form to beat the hour for the first time in taking second place in 59’ 54” and Doug Robertson placed third in 1h 02’ 09” In the ladies race Joyce Mark came in first with a 1h 08’ 36” Wanda Field was second in 1h 11’ 04” and Alison Kerr took third in 1h 18’ 00” The veterans standard was taken by Doug Robertson, Joyce was closed behind in second and Steve Rowley took third.

Results:  25 mile TT Championship & Handicap event  (Thurs; 25th June.)

Riders
 Turn Times

 Finish Times

 Vets' Stanadard
 Seniors Handicap
 Andrew Scorey
 32' 45"
       58' 44"   Mens Champion!
 
 
 Domonic Blythe
 33' 20"
       59' 54"   Personal Best Time!
 
 45' 17"  Net.
 Doug Robertson
 34' 23"
 1h 02' 09"
 +6' 42"
 
 Steven Rowley
 34' 49"
 1h 03' 05"
 +3' 33"
 
 Neil Wilson
 35' 11"
 1h 03' 52"
 +3' 09"
 
 Andrew Beeke
 37' 21"
 1h 07' 26"
 -1' 13"
 
 Neil Cruikshanks
 37' 45"
 1h 08' 26"   Personal Best Time!
 -2' 26"
 
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 38' 16"
 1h 08' 36"    Ladies Champion!
 +5' 59"
 
 Chris Cowe
 38' 05"
 1h 08' 36"   Personal Best Time!
 -1' 23"
 
 Jim Blythe
 38' 36"
 1h 09' 52"
 +0' 32"
 
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 39' 24"
 1h 11' 04"
 +0' 24"
 
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 43' 19"
 1h 18' 00"
 -5' 26"
 
 Ian Forsythe
 43' 33"
 1h 18' 03"   Personal best Time!
 -10' 29"
 

Weekly Review:  (23rd June)

By Neil Wilson.


It was the wheelers turn to host the Border trophy time trial series last week, round three was held over 10 miles on the Pistols course near Paxton. A record turn-out of 58 riders tackled very testing conditions, the wheelers finally fired on all cylinders taking second placed team on the night.


20 mile an hour winds greeted the riders to the turn which meant for a hard ride out but some riders then came back at speeds approaching 40 mph. The standout ride for the club was Joyce Mark whose 26’ 44” was only 40 odd seconds of her seasons best, when most riders were at least a minute down. With just one round to go in Hawick, Berwick lie third but are within touching distance of Gala in second, with Kelso leading and looking virtually uncatchable.


Saturday saw Doug Slater travel to Cumbria and despite more poor conditions Doug rode a seasons best of 22’ 15” for the 10 miles.


Gill Caine took part in an Audax ride over 100km in East Lothian on the Sunday but the ride of the week came from Domonic Blythe on the same day. Racing in the Malton Town Centre Criterium in Yorkshire, Dom was close to the front for most of the race, with two riders already off the front he took his chance with 1 lap to go of the 1 mile circuit, jumping away with the whole field chasing him he managed to hold them off for a fantastic third place, his first time on the podium.


Club Results:  (Border Trophy round 3 - Berwick, Thurs; 18th June)

Riders
 Finish Time
 Andrew Scorey
  24' 23"
 Graham Simpson
  25' 36"
 Doug Robertson
  25' 44"
 Neil Wilson
  25' 48"
 Adam Fletcher
  26' 08"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
  26' 44"
 Gary Smith
  27' 07"
 Andrew Beeke
  27' 15"
 Chris Cowe
 27' 38"
 Jim Blythe
 28' 42"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 29' 36"

Weekly Review:  (16th June)

By Neil Wilson.


A busy week for the Wheelers started with Round One of the Border Trophy at Galashiels. Despite only being able to field nine riders, the team finished third on the night, with the stand out performance coming from Dom Blythe, his 23’ 13” for 10miles setting a new PB.

 

Thursday night's club time trial was the second 15miler of the season and Andrew Waring once again posted another PB with his ride of 35’ 56” and took another race win, Doug Robertson took second in 36’ 26” and Doug Slater third with a 36’ 50”. There were no less than nine PB's in a field of 19 starters including Neil Cruickshanks, Ian Russell, Mark Jones, Wanda Field, Ian Forsyth, Lisa Sinton, Chris Cowe and Robert Patterson.

 

On to Saturday and Chris Isats and Doug Slater were in fine form down in North Yorkshire with Doug posting a new 25mile PB in 56’ 34” and Chris placing 8th overall with a 52’ 13”. Sunday saw Doug racing again, this time with Neil Wilson, Dom and Jim Blythe at the Nissan criteriums near Sunderland. In the 4th Cat event Dom took an excellent 9th place in the bunch sprint with Neil just behind. They then joined Doug in the next race for 3rd and 4th Category riders – all three spent time off the front in various breakaways during the race, with Neil placing best in the sprint finish just inside the top 20.

 

Then on Monday night was Round Two of the Border Trophy at Kelso. The team struggled with only eight riders as Andrew Scorey, who took a bad fall in a Scottish Championship race the day before in Stirling, wasn't able to ride. The bad luck got worse when Dougie Robertson snapped his forks on the start-line and had to use somebody else's bike to race. Fourth place on the night for the team with Doug Slater 23’ 02”, Dom Blythe 23’ 24” and Dougie Robertson 24’ 35” being the standout rides.


The Border Trophy moves on to Berwick this Thursday and Hawick finishes the series the following Tuesday.

Results:  15 mile TT  (Thurs; 15th June)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Andrew Waring
 35' 56"   Personal Best Time!
 Doug Robertson
 36' 26"
 Doug Slater
 36' 50"
 Neil Wilson
 37' 33"
 Gary Smith
 39' 13"
 Chris Cowe
 39' 34"   Personal Best Time!
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 39' 37"
 Neil Criuckshanks
 39' 57"   Personal Best Time!
 Andrew Beeke
 41' 08"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 41' 18"   Personal Best Time!
 Robert Patterson  (Private)
 42' 09"   Personal Best Time!
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 44' 02"
 Ian Russell
 44' 08"   Personal Best Time!
 Ian Forsythe
 45' 39"   Personal Best Time!
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 47' 11"
 Mark Jonse
 47' 50"   Personal Best Time!
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 48' 30"   Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review:  (10th June)

By Neil Wilson.


Round three of the time trial league saw Doug Robertson take maximum points on the first warm evening race of the club time trial season. His 23’ 52” may not have quite been the fastest of the night but it was more than enough to win on handicap from Andy Waring and Dom Blythe.


It was a night for the fast men to take the main points in the league as well as on overall time with Andy Waring scoring his second win of the year with an excellent 23’ 27”, another PB, and Doug Robertson backing up his win on handicap with an excellent second, Doug Slater continued his strong start to the season with third in 23’ 58”.


Joyce Mark was first lady home in 26’ 01” with Wanda Field second on 27’ 38” and Alison Kerr third in 29’ 43”. Further down the field there were another four excellent PBs for new members Sean Douglas, Ian Russell, Lisa Sinton and 12 year old Samuel Johnston. Doug Robertson has opened up a significant lead in the league series on 26 points with Steve Rowley back in second on 19 and Andy Waring third on 18.


Andrew Scorey was racing in Dunfermline on the same night, he continued his excellent season with a strong 9th place racing in a large field of 70 riders, many of whom are currently riding in higher license categories than Andrew. He continued that form with a strong 5th place at Hetton le Hole on Saturday, also taking the day's 'most combative' award. Surely it won't be long till he makes enough points to become a 1st category rider - in under two full seasons on the road, that would be some achievement.


On Sunday Wanda Field took first place in the veterans category at the Druidge Bay standard distance triathlon and third placed lady overall. Joyce Mark, competing for Tweed Triathlon Club, also won her super vet sprint event and was first lady overall.

Results:  10 mile TT & points league round 3  (Thurs; 4th June)

Riders
 Turn Times
 Finish Times
 Points Scored
 Andrew Waring
 11' 50"
 23' 27"   Personal Best Time!
 9
 Doug Robertson
 12' 05"
 23' 52"
 10
 Doug Slater
 12' 10"
 23' 58"
 7
 Domonic Blythe
 12' 08"
 24' 02"
 8
 Steven Rowley
 12' 08"
 24' 14"
 5
 Joyce Mark   (Lady)
 13' 18"
 26' 01"
 2
 Chris Cowe
 14' 02"
 26' 04"
 6
 Neil Cruickshanks
 13' 10"
 26' 19"
 4
 Jim Blythe
 13' 55"
 27' 25"
 
 Wanda Field   (Lady)
 13' 51"
 27' 38"
 1
 Pete Blythe
 14' 11"
 27' 49"
 
 Sean Douglas
 14' 40"
 29' 08"   Personal Best Time!
 
 Ian Russell
 14' 40"
 29' 18"   Personal Best Time!
 3
 Alisn Kerr   (lady)
 14' 47"
 29' 43"
 
 Ian Forsyth
 15' 20"
 30' 21"
 
 Lisa Sinton   (lady)
 15' 34"
 30' 51"   Personal Best Time!
 
 Michelle Highfield   (Lady)
 15' 28"
 31' 04"
 
 Samuel Johnston   (Junior)
 16' 20"
 33' 05"   Personal Best Time!
 
 Joan Nisbet   (lady)
 17' 16"
 33' 39"
 
For more info: see points league page.

Weekly Review:  (3rd June)

By Neil Wilson.


Andrew Scorey took another excellent win, this time in the warm up race to the professionals, in round 4 of the Pearl Izumi Criterium series at Motherwell last Tuesday evening.  Andrew attacked in the very early stages of his race and managed to create a 12 second lead until another rider bridged the gap to join him. The two worked well for the rest of the race resulting in the gap opening to around 18 seconds with one lap to go.  Andrew placed himself well coming into the last corner and sprinted hard on the up-hill finish to take a convincing win by a number of bike lengths.


Fast forward to Thursday…


In the club time trial on the Thursday 15 hardy souls took on horrible conditions over 25 miles. A strong headwind on the way out was followed up with heavy showers. This  made many of the fast corners on the course treacherous within just a few minutes. Despite the conditions Andrew Scorey managed to beat the hour for his ride, taking the win with a 59’ 17” ride. Many riders reached speeds of 40mph on the way home with a tailwind, but suffering was the name of the game for many as the cold wind reduced the temperature into the low single digits. Second place was very close, Steve Rowley eventually edged out last weeks race winner Andy Waring by just 9 seconds with a 1h 03’ 26” to Andy’s 1h 03’ 35” which was yet another personal best ride for Andy this season. A scattering of PBs through the field was testament to the effort given by all. In particular, Lisa Sinton, who knocked no less than 5 minutes off her best time, on such an awful night.


On Friday Dom Blythe travelled to Barrow in Furness to race in another Pearl Izumi Criterium series support race. In a very competitive field Dom finished in the top a very solid ride considering much of his opposition was a category above him.

Results:  25 mile TT  (Thurs; 28th May)

Riders
 Turn Times
 Finish Times
 Andrew Scorey
 35' 16"
      59' 17"
 Steven Rowley
 38' 04"
 1h 03' 15"
 Andrew Waring
 37' 50"
 1h 03' 24"   Personal Best Time!
 Doug Robertson
 39' 15"
 1h 05' 33"
 Domonic Blythe
 39' 14"
 1h 06' 32"   Personal Best Time!
 George Johnston
 39' 44"
 1h 06' 56"
 Chris Cowe
 42' 36"
 1h 11' 10"
 Neil Cruikshanks
 42' 34"
 1h 11' 30"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 43' 08"
 1h 11' 57"
 Pete Blythe
 45' 58"
 1h 16' 17"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 54' 27"
 1h 18' 32"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 51' 29"
 1h 24' 24"
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 53' 55"
 1h 27' 13"   Personal Best Time!
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 54' 32"
 1h 28' 36"
 Mark Jones
 54' 54"
 1h 30' 13"   Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review: (25th May)

By Neil Wilson.


This weeks club time trial saw a first club race win for new member Andy Waring.


10 riders signed up for the first of the two 16 Mile Hilly Time Trials. The temperature had just struggled into double figures and the wind was kind on the way out to the turn at Grantshouse but proved a bit more challenging on the return leg. It was great to see four of this seasons new members taking on this course. Andy took the honors in a time of 44’ 44” which was a great result considering from the Cleugh back to Duns he was struggling with only one working chain ring. Dougie Robertson took second place in a time of 46:26 which was only 10 seconds off his personal best and Steve Rowley (who had to stop up the Cleugh and put his chain back on) in third place with 46’ 31”. George Johnston was in 4th with 47’ 42” and Chris Cowe in 5th with a great time of 50’ 10” for his first run over this course. Joyce Mark took the win for the ladies with 54’ 30” and Michelle Highfield took 2nd place.  


On the same night five riders skipped the club time trial to take part in the Ingleston criteriums. Dom Bythe, Jim Blythe, Andrew Scorey, Doug Slater and Neil Wilson certainly didn't come back empty handed either. The first 4th category race of the night saw Dom and Neil in action, the strong headwind on the back of the course canceled out all the breakaway attempts and into the final corner both riders were well placed, Dom faded slightly but Neil jumped through the bunch to take an excellent 7th place, his best ever result in a crit, with Dom not far behind in 15th. 


Race two, another 4th category, was Doug and Jims turn, a very quick first few laps at 26-27 mph saw Jim struggling and out the back of the bunch, Doug held a good position throughout the race and even spent a lap off the front in a breakaway attempt, coming round the last bend saw Doug jump hard near the front and he demolished the opposition to take a great win by over five bike lengths, Jim came in a lap down having spent a large part of the race riding alone on a very windy circuit, an excellent effort. 


The main race of the night saw Andrew defending his lead for the overall series. Instead of perhaps marking his rivals work Andrew was on the attack from the start, the action was fast and furious and by the time the bunch came round for the last lap just one rider was off the front, Andrew took the bunch sprint for second place easily and with it the overall series win, his third crit series win in a row and continuing his outstanding series of results for the season. 


At the weekend Michelle Highfield and Alison Kerr took part in the big route of the 5 Dales Sportive. This year saw a repeat of last year's upgraded Tour de France Special Edition with routes modified and extended to 118, 85 and 60 miles to take in 3, 2 and 1 respectively of the feature ascents (Kidstones Pass, Butter Tubs Pass & Grinton Moor) from last year’s Stage 1.

Results:  16 mile 'hilly' TT  (Thurs; 21st May)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Andrew Waring
 44' 44"   Personal Best Time!
 Doug Robertson
 46' 26"
 Steven Rowley
 46' 31"
 George Johnston
 47' 42"
 Chris Cowe
 50' 10"   Personal Best Time!
 Neil Cruikshanks
 50' 51"   Personal best Time!
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 54' 30"
 Ian Russell
 59' 30"   Personal Best Time!
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 1h 00' 05"   Personal Best Time!
 Mark Jonse
 1h 01' 52"   Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review:  (19th May)

By Neil Wilson.


How about winning a club championship in your first race of the season? Well that's exactly what Graham Simpson did last Thursday evening. After an early season out with knee problems, Graham came back in fine style with a rapid 10 miler to take the first championship race of the year by just 11 seconds from new member Andy Waring who also produced a personal best. Grahams 23 minutes 27 seconds ride was just too good for Andy (23’ 38”), who'd actually made it to the 5 mile turn a second quicker than Graham. Steve Rowley took third in 23’ 56”. 


In the ladies race, Joyce Mark took yet another title in 26’ 14”, Wanda Field was second, but getting closer, in 27’ 44”  and Gill Caine took third in 29’ 39”. Samuel Johnston took what may be the first of many juvenile titles with a 33’ 53”. Joyce's time was also enough to win the veterans standard with Doug Robinson 2nd and Andy Waring 3rd. 


The race also doubled as the second round in the handicap time trial league. Chris Cowe took the maximum 10 points on the night with Andy Waring Second for nine and Graham Simpson Third for 8 points. That leaves Doug Robertson leading the league on 16 by just two points from Steve Rowley and Chris in third on 10. 


At the weekend Andrew Scorey took part in his first stage race near Dundee – a solid 11th place in the first stage, a hill climb. The afternoon stage, a 64mile road race, saw Andrew getting into a number of breakaways. Unfortunately the one breakaway he didn't get into stayed away and he ended the day in   11th position overall. The final stage incorporated four laps of a tough hilly circuit totaling 72 miles – Andrew was again in the lead group and finished 17th, which placed him an excellent 8th overall in the final standings.

Results:  10TT Club Championship & Points League round 2  (Thurs; 14th May)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Points
 Comments
 Graham Simpson
 23' 27"
 8
 Mens Champion !
 Andrew Waring
 23' 38"
 9
 3rd  Vets Standard  (+2' 31")  & Personal best Time!
 Steven Rowley
 23' 56"
 5
 
 Domonic Blythe
 24' 14"
 7
 
 Doug Robertson
 24' 21"
 6
 2nd Vets Standard   (2' 43)
 Neil Wilson
 25' 07"
 3
 
 Gary Smith
 25' 43"
 1
 
 Chris Cowe
 26' 10"
 10
 
 Joyce Mark   (lady)
 26' 14"
 
 1st Vets Standard  (3' 05")  & Ladies Champion!
 Neil Cruikshanks
 26' 47"
 
 
 Jim Blythe
 27' 22"
 
 
 Wanda Field   (Lady)
 27' 44"
 
 
 Bill Scorey
 28' 35"
 
 
 Ian Russell
 29' 30"
 2
 
 Gill Caine   (Lady)
 29' 39"
 
 
 Alison Kerr   (Lady)
 29' 54"
 
 
 Ian Forsythe
 30' 01"
 1
 
 Lisa Sinton   (Lady)
 31' 18"
 
 
 Michelle Highfield   (Lady)
 31' 23"
 
 
 Emma Jones   (lady)
 31' 59"
 
 
 Samuel Johnston   (Juv)
 33' 53"
 
 1st Juvenile & Personal Best Time!
 Jemi Blythe   (Lady)
 38' 04"
 
 

Weekly Review:  (11th May)

By Neil Wilson.


This week saw Wheelers riders all over Scotland and the North East of England. At the Club time trial on Thursday 17 riders turned up to take part in the first of the season’s three 25 mile races.  Six riders attempted the distance for the first time. The talk before the start was of tough conditions out to the turn and an easier ride back.  That was no exaggeration and everyone found it extremely hard going.


Doug Slater took the honors in 1h 03' 24" closely followed by Steve Rowley on 1h 03’ 32” and Doug Robertson taking third on 1h 04’ 30”. New club members Andy Waring and Chris Cowe posted cracking times with 1h 06’ 39” and 1h 10’12” respectively; Andy taking 4th overall. Lower down the field new club members Ian Russell and Ian Forsyth had a mere 7 seconds separating them.


Seven ladies turned up with Joyce Mark taking the honors in a time of 1h 12’ 06”  closely followed by Wanda Jane Field who is on great form with only two weeks to go until she is off to compete in the Challenge Rimini Half Ironman on the 24th May.  3rd place for the ladies went to Alison Kerr, who is also coming back into form this season.


On the same evening three riders raced at the Edinburgh RC criteriums at the Ingleston showground. In the 4th category races Dom Blythe narrowly missed out on a top ten ride in 11th and Neil Wilson was unlucky to be brought off by another rider when in a leading group of 12 riders. Andrew Scorey followed up his last weeks’ win by taking the sprint for third place in the main race, after two riders had escaped the field early on. Despite Andrew making many attempts to pull them back it wasn't to be, as knowing of Andrews fast finish none of the other riders were willing to help him close the gap.


Saturday saw Andrew Scorey and Andy Waring in the British Eagle road race near Haddington. Andy found himself on the receiving end of some misfortune with a puncture and a cracked carbon rim forcing him to retire. Andrew placed 16th at the finish. 


Andrew was at it again the next day at the Nissan criteriums near Sunderland, riding in the main race, with only elite and 1st category riders around him, he finished an excellent 6th and first 2nd cat home.  


Neil and Dom rode the 81 mile Etape Caledonia on the same day in Highland Perthshire, alongside Jim Blythe. All three riders turned out good times despite the inclement weather - Neil 3 hours 57 minutes, Dom 4 hours 1 minute and Jim 4 hours 49 minutes, with Neil placing 111th out of over 5000 entries. 


Finally, seven more riders took part in the Burma road Audax over 60 miles and over 6000ft of climbing into the depths of Northumberland and the Otterburn ranges - Gill Caine, Alison Kerr, Lisa Sinton, Joan Nisbet, Michelle Highfield, Malcolm Wright and Wanda Field all completed the ride.

Results:  25 mile TT  (Thurs; 7th May)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Doug Slater
 1h 03' 24"
 Steven Rowley
 1h 03' 32"
 Doug Robertson
 1h 04' 30"
 Andrew Waring
 1h 06' 39"   Pesonal Best Time!
 Gary Smith
 1h 07' 49"
 George Johnston
 1h 08' 11"
 Chris Cowe
 1h 10' 12"   Personal best Time!
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 1h 12' 06"
 Peter Blythe
 1h 15' 33"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 1h 16' 49"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 1h 21' 54"
 Ian Russell
 1h 22' 17"   Personal best Time!
 Ian Forsythe
 1h 22' 24"   Personal best time!
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 1h 26' 33"
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 1h 26' 38"
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 1h 30' 10"   Personal best Time!
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 1h 32' 59"   Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review:  (5th. May)

By Neil Wilson.


This weeks club time trail was the first 15 miler of the season, another good turnout of 19 riders lined up on a cold, windy but sunny evening, the wind came across from the north and gave very little help to the riders on either leg, with many of the riders competing at the distance for the first time it was a night of personal bests.


Chris Istats took the win in 35’ 10” with Dom Blythe, showing great form after the club trip to Mallorca, in second in a new PB of 36’ 45” beating his old mark by nearly two minutes. Doug Robertson continued his excellent return to the club after a season off with third in 37’ 35”.


Next race is the first 25 miler of the season; meet at Hutton crossroads, Thursday 6.30 for a 7pm start.


Andrew Scorey raced up at Ingleston on the same evening in the Edinburgh RC Criterium series, taking his second win of the season. In the main race of the night he bridged a two man break after three laps, worked well with one of the riders and dropped the third man, Andrew took the 30 minute prime then continued to push on, holding a 12-15 second advantage for most of the race. The pair increased the gap to 20 seconds in the last three laps. Coming into the last the corner Andrew closed a small gap after his partner had tried to jump him and came round to take the win on the night.

Results: 15 mile TT  (Thurs; 30th April)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Chris Isats
 35' 10"
 Dononic Blythe
 36' 45"   Personal Best Time"
 Doug Robertson
 37' 35"
 Doug Slater
 38' 03"
 Gary Smith
 38' 48"
 Andrew Waring
 39' 15"   Personal Best Time!
 Geoge & Samel Johnston  (Tanbem)
 39' 31"
 Neil Cruickshanks
 40' 26"
 Neil Wilson
 41' 41"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 40' 49"
 Chris Cowe
 41' 14"   Personal Best Time!
 Pete Plythe
 42' 32"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 44' 06"
 Ian Russell
 46' 02"   Personal Best Time!
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 47' 46"
 Ian Forsythe
 47' 51"   Personal Best Time!
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 48' 20"
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 48' 45"   Personal Best Time!
 Joan Nisbet  (Lady)
 53' 43"   Personal Best Time!
 Steven Gairwood
 49' 44"   Personal Best Time!

Weekly Review:  (27th. April)

By Lynne Edward.


Another fine evening saw 19 riders once again on the 10 mile Pistols course for the first of eight fixtures in the Time Trials Points League.    A slight easterly breeze slowed down the first few riders after the turn, but it soon dropped and the remaining riders had near perfect conditions.   Seven personal best times were achieved.


Chris Isats took the win in 22’ 18” with Andrew Scorey settling for second place only 9 seconds behind (22’ 27”).  Steve Rowley took third place (23’ 46”) with Dougie Robertson fourth (24’ 31”) improving on last weeks’ time of 25’ 09” and taking the 10 points on the night.   Joyce Mark once again took first place for the Ladies in a very respectable 26’ 34”.


Six ’Wheelers’ missed the time trial as they were enjoying a week’s cycle training in the hills and sunshine of Mallorca.

Results:  10 mile TT & round 1- TTL  (Thurs; 23rd April)

Rider
 Finish Times
 Net Times
 Points
 Chris Isats
 22' 18"
 20' 47"
 7
 Andrew Scorey
 22' 27"
 20' 21"
 8
 Steven Rowley
 23' 46"
 20' 03"
 9
 Douge Robertson
 24' 31"
 19' 57"
 10
 George & Samuel Johnston  (Tandem)
 25' 29"   Personal Best Time!
 n/a
 
 Niel Cruikshanks
 26' 34"
 20' 51"
 6
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 26' 34"
 21' 54"
 1
 Andrew Beeke
 27' 17"
 23' 29"
 
 Pete Blythe
 27' 45"
 22' 19"
 
 Wanda Field
 28' 00"
 21' 45"
 2.5
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 28' 52"
 22' 33"
 
 Alison Kerr (Lady)
 30' 01"
 22' 10"
 
 Ian Russell
 30' 03"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 27"
 5
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 30' 52"
 22' 18"
 
 Ian Forsythe
 31' 22"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 36"
 4
 Lisa Sinton  (lady)
 31' 25"   Personal Best Time!
 21' 45"
 2.5
 Mark Jones
 31' 49"   Personal Best Time!
 n/a
 
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 32' 28"   Personal Best Time!
 n/a
 
 Jami Blythe  (Lady)
 35' 32"   Personal Best Time!
 n/a
 

Weekly Review  (18th. April)

By Neil Wilson.


A fine but nippy evening saw 22 riders out on the Pistols 10 mile course for Berwick Wheelers this week. Although there was a good tailwind out to the turn the racers had to deal with the cold easterly on the way back, most riders posted slightly slower times than last weeks race on what was a cold night. 


Andrew Scorey took the win with a good 23’ 18” with Chris Isats having to settle for second in 23’ 30” on his first ride of the year. Last week’s winner Doug Slater placed third in 24’ 16” but the ride of the night came from Dom Blythe who managed to beat his time of last week and post him best time on a club course with a 24’ 38” for fourth place. Joyce Mark again took the Ladies win in 27’ 19”.

 

Next week’s race is the first event in the season long, eight round, handicap league, a chance for all to shine and where the quickest rider on the night isn't necessarily the winner. It's all about trying to beat or get closest to your personal best on a club course.

Results:  10 mile TT  (16th. April)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Andrew Scorey
 23' 18"
 Chris Isats
 23' 31"
 Doug Slater
 24' 19"
 Domonic Blythe
 24' 38"
 Andrew Waring
 24' 57"
 Doug Robertson
 25' 09"
 Garry Smith
 25' 35"
 Neil Wilson
 25' 42"
 George & Samuel Johnston  (Tandem)
 26' 17"
 Neil Cruikshanks
 27' 06"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 27' 11"
 Jim Blythe
 28' 05"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 29' 13"
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 29' 32"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 31' 03"
 Ian Russel
 31' 10"
 Ian Forsythe
 31' 53"
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 31' 58"
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 32' 10"
 Mark Jones
 32' 45"
 Jacqui Carrick  (Lady)
 33' 19"
 Jami Blythe  (Lady)
 37' 20"

Weekly Review  (14th. April)

By Neil Wilson.


A fantastic turnout of 25 riders were blessed with a fine Spring evening for the Wheelers second club time-trial of the year. With the wind blowing from the West, the hard leg was on the way out, but once round the turn many of the riders reached 30mph+.


The top three positions were separated by just 11 seconds. First place went to Doug Slater in 24’ 03”, close on his wheels was Steve Rowley in 24’ 07” and Andrew Scorey third in 24’ 14”. First lady was Joyce Mark in 27’ 19” followed by Gill Caine with a 29’ 16” and Alison Kerr third in 29’ 57”. With this kind of turnout it looks like it could be a bumper season for both membership and racing.

Results:  10 mile TT  (9th April)

Riders
 Finish Times
 Doug Slater
 24' 03"
 Steve Rowley
 24' 07"
 Andrew Scorey
 24' 14"
 Andrew Waring
 24' 23"
 Dononic Blythe
 24' 50"
 Neil Wilson
 24' 55"
 Garry Smith
 25' 30"
 George & Samuel Johnston  (Tandem)
 26' 05"
 Neil Cruickshanks
 26' 16"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 27' 19"
 Jim Blythe
 27' 39"
 Chris Cowe
 27' 45"
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 29' 16"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 29' 57"
 Bill Scorey
 30' 09"
 Peter Webb
 30' 15"
 Ian Russell
 30' 20"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 30' 34"
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 30' 38"
 William Rowley  (Junior)
 31' 29"
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 31' 46"
 Ian Forsythe
 32' 10"
 Emma Jones  (Lady)
 33' 04"
 Jacqui Carrick  (Lady)
 33' 25"
 Jami Blythe  Lady)
 33' 53"

Weekly Review  (8th April.)

By Neil Wilson.


The new club time trial season got underway with a new event for many. A race was slotted in a week earlier than usual, giving new members an opportunity to have a go at a shorter, 5 mile, distance for their first time out, and first time racing for a fair few.


With an excellent turnout of 21 riders they were greeted with a sunny evening although it was a bit chilly by the time the racing was over and dusk was on its way. The winter weekend training rides have brought no less than eight new faces to the club with six of them turning out on the night.


The five miler was a new distance to many so personal best were assured throughout the field, Andrew Scorey filled the first new club record for the year with his 11 minute 30 second ride, Steve Rowley took second just beating 25 minutes and Doug Slater came in just 7 seconds behind for third place.

Results:  5 mile TT  (2nd. April)

Rider
 Finish Times
 Andrew Scorey
 11' 30"
 Steve Rowley
 11' 47"
 Doug Slater
 12' 04"
 Domonic Blythe
 12' 31"
 Neil Wilson
 12' 47"
 George & Samuel Johnston  (Tandem)
 13' 24"
 Andrew Beeke
 13' 27"
 Joyce Mark  (Lady)
 13' 43"
 Jim Blythe
 13' 44"
 Sean Douglas
 14' 02"
 Gill Caine  (Lady)
 14' 37"
 Nigel Carrick
 14' 38"
 Bill Scorey
 14' 45"
 Peter Web
 14' 49"
 Wanda Field  (Lady)
 15' 04"
 Alison Kerr  (Lady)
 15' 17"
 Lisa Sinton  (Lady)
 15' 54"
 Michelle Highfield  (Lady)
 15' 54"
 William Rowley  (Junior)
 15' 58"
 Katie Massie  (Lady)
 16' 51"
 Lesley Redden  (Lady)
 18' 00"

Weekly Review  (26th March.)

By Neil Wilson.


Berwick Wheelers hosted the second round of the East of Scotland Road Race Series last weekend. The Reivers Road Race, sponsored by Agrii, saw 64 riders tackle an 18mile circuit taking in Etal, Barmoor, Ancroft and Allerdean three times. The weather played its part with a stiff wind from the North ripping the race apart right from the off.


 A steady stream of riders found themselves dropped very quickly on lap one. By the time the bunch reached Ford Bank for lap two, there were only about 30 riders still in contention and an early break by 5 riders had already come to nothing. At the top two riders broke clear, John Bailey from Gosforth RC and Robert Friel from Pro Vision Cycle Clothing. Both pressed on and held close to a minute's lead through lap three. Coming through Etal for the final time the bunch were eating into that advantage and up the finishing hill past Hay Farm, the gap was finally bridged. John Bailey however, managed to press on and hold a two second lead all the way to the line, with the bunch hot on his heels,  Alan Dean, Edinburgh RC, was second and Gavin Dempster, Glasgow Green CC, came third. Robert Friel slipped to 4th in the charge to the line but did take the day's Most Combative Riders Award for his efforts. Andy Waring, Berwick Wheelers only rider in the race, took a very creditable 31st.


Race mechanical support was provided by Belhaven Bikes and the event couldn't have happened without the support of volunteers from the Club, friends and family. The club would also like to wish all the best and a speedy recovery to John Cann who suffered a nasty crash on lap two. 


Andrew Scorey took an excellent 8th place the following day at Stirling University's Crit on Campus racing alongside many of Scotland's strongest riders. The result enabled Andrew to continue with a run of form that has seen him not finish outside the top ten in any of his previous twelve criteriums entered.

Weekly Review (29th Jan.)

By Neil Wilson.


Berwick Wheelers had a big double hit at the Croft motor racing circuit last weekend.  William and Andrew Scorey won a race a piece to take all the spoils on a busy days racing in North Yorkshire.


The first race of the day saw Three Wheelers in action; William was joined by Neil Wilson and Dom Blythe. The 81 rider field was off pretty sharpish and all three wheelers saw time either on the front of the peloton, with two laps to go William ghosted off the front and Neil and Dom tried to disrupt the chase, that move was in vain as it all came back together with about 50 riders coming round the final turn ready for the gallop to the line, William took a long one, jumping the bunch early and holding a big advantage all the way to the line for a fantastic first win, in textbook style, and Wheelers colours, Neil placed 19th and Dom 25th despite being held up by another rider in the finishing straight. 


Race two again saw three wheelers riders in action, Dom and Neil were joined by Andrew Scorey while William took a well-earned rest. The handicap format of race two put Neil and Dom in the first group away, Dom lasted a few laps until the efforts of race one took their toll, Neil then cracked on and as his group were caught by the 3rd cat second bunch he did his bit to hold them up, just a little, to aid Andrews chase in the last group away with the rest of the 2nd cat riders. Two laps later saw Andrew at the front and Neil called it a day, job done. The race then really started to erupt as rider after rider tried to split the front group. A fierce acceleration eventually saw Andrew away with six others, the main peloton were not to see them again. Coming into the final turn Andrew sat third wheel and waited, his final move saw him open up a quick 2 bike gap on the others and he sailed over the line for his first win of the year. A great result in any riders’ book.

 

The riders will be at it again at Croft next week and looking for more shares of the spoils. Andrew leads the standings in the series and William gained his 3rd Cat licence with his excellent win, the wheelers are in third place in the series team standings after three rounds which end in late February.

Weekly Review  (14th  Jan.)

Article from the Berwick Advertiser;  Published Thursday 11th January.


Berwick Wheelers cyclist Andrew Scorey got 2015 off to flying start by coming third at the Velo29 Winter Criterium Series in Yorkshire - despite a 30mph crash.

In what was the main race of the day at Croft Race Circuit in North Yorkshire, which is normally used for cars, Scorey recovered from his crash to get back into the lead group and finish on the podium.

“I had to chase hard to get back into the front group,” said Scorey. “I’ve got some grazing to my knee, hip and elbow. But I will be fine for next week. I was pleased with the result for my first race of the year. Other Berwick wheelers raced in the category 4 only race, with William Scorey coming in seventh.