Buxton Mountain Time Trial

The Buxton Mountain Time Trial is organised by Buxton Cycling Club on behalf of Cycling Time Trials and is traditionally held annually on Good Friday.

For 2022 the event returned to its Good Friday slot, 15th April, with the Start, Finish and HQ in their usual location at Longnor, and we were pleased to host Round 2 of the Merlin Cycles Classic Series.

There were five separate events.

Men under 40, and Male Espoirs, ride 3 laps (33 miles)

Women, and Veterans ride 2 laps (22 miles)

Juniors ride 2 laps (22 miles)

Paracyclists ride 2 laps (22 miles)

We also had a road bike only event, with the following conditions:

  • No tri bars, clip on bars or Spinaci bars
  • No disc wheels. Both front and rear wheels must have a minimum of 12 spokes each. The maximum rim depth on all wheels is 65mm
  • No aero helmet or a helmet that covers the ears or a helmet with a visor is to be used
  • Riders must not ride with their forearms resting on the handlebars at any time. (Commonly referred to as “puppy paws)

The event was again kindly sponsored by Hotel Milano Helvetia, Riccione in Italy (www.hotelmilano.net), one of the area’s famous “Bike Hotels”. The hotel  offered prizes of 2 five day stays at the hotel on their “Plus” package for cyclists, one for the winner of the Men’s/Espoirs’ in the 3-lap event and one for the winner of Women in the 2-lap event. During their stay, the package gives our winners bed, breakfast, evening meal and post-ride afternoon buffet along with the assistance of a guide to show them the best local routes (with the hotel’s other guests of course). The prizes don’t include air fares but many UK airports have budget routes to destinations in north eastern Italy which allow easy transfers to the hotel by bus, train or taxi. Bike hire is available at the hotel.

The Hotel Milano Helvetia, in addition, offered a 10% reduction on the cost of their stay (excluding extras like bike hire and bar bills, of course) to ALL ENTRANTS to the event!

Long-standing sponsor of the event, Sam Clark at Sett Valley Cycles, kindly sponsored the Mountain Time Trial in 2022, as in many previous years.

In 2022, the weather was kind – sunny and dry, not too windy, and mild temperatures for the Peak District….

96 riders entered and 83 rode on the day. We had 5 juniors (the youngest of whom was just 13!), 15 women, 4 paracyclists, 27 men aged under 40/espoirs, and 32 veteran men aged over 40.

The winners of the men and women’s event (any bike) rode very strongly, posting very good times, being Andy Nichols in 1:24:33 and Christina Wiejak in 1:04:18

Fastest veteran was Paul Pardoe, in 57:48

Patrick Casey was fastest male junior in a superb 56:53, with fastest female junior/juvenile Abbey Thompson 1:24:09

In the road bike event, fastest male under 40, woman, and veteran, were Jude Taylor (56:31), Anna Weaver (1:09:31) and Richard Golding (1:04:58), whilst fastest male and female juveniles were Jacob Bradbury (1:14:52) and Sophie Heighton (1:20:07).

Full results can be found on CTT’s website – just follow the links above.

Queries about any of these events should be sent to the organiser. chris.lea@buxtoncyclingclub.co.uk

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For 2021, due to the Covid-19 situation the event took place on Saturday 2nd October and used the same circuit but with the starting and finishing points close to the junction where the course meets the A53 Buxton to Leek road at the Knights Table pub (previously the Travellers’ Rest)

Headquarters were at Flash Village Hall.

Tough weather conditions made for hard racing in 2021. There was a brute of a headwind on the most exposed section of the course along Morridge Top at 1500 ft altitude, then a troublesome crosswind on the main descent towards Longnor. Thankfully, riders were helped by a tailwind up the big climb towards Flash Bar. It rained throughout.

In the senior men’s event, held over three laps of the 11 mile circuit, there were just three starters from thirteen entrants, such were the conditions. David Fellows (Solihull CC) clocked 1:30:31 on his time trial machine and was well ahead of second-placed rider Joseph Molyneaux (Congleton CC) who finished in 1:53:03 and fastest rider on a road bike. Gareth Haines (Race Hub) was third, in 2:05:52.

In the two lap event, contested by women and veterans, there were far fewer non-starters. Alice Taylor (Congleton CC) was fastest woman, in 1:16:50, relishing the tough conditions. Liz Batt, of the promoting club, was second in 1-20-48. Catherine Hughes (Ilkeston CC) was third, in 1:25:54. All were on road bikes.

Thijs Geurts (Macclesfield Wheelers) was the quickest veteran, in 1:08:06, and on a road bike. Jimmy Froggatt (SKCC) rode out and back from Stockport, a tough ride in itself given the weather and with Long Hill and Axe Edge having to be climbed just to reach the HQ. He clocked 1:10:47, and was also on a road bike. Riding his time trial machine, Andy Hicklin (Peak RC) finished third, in 1:11:09.

Results:

Men:

  1. David Fellows (Solihull CC) 1:30:31
  2. Joseph Molyneaux (Congleton CC) 1:53:03
  3. Gareth Haines (Race Hub) 2:05:52

Women:

  1. Alice Taylor (Congleton CC) 1:16:50
  2. Liz Batt (Buxton CC / Sett Valley cycles) 1-20-48
  3. Catherine Hughes (Ilkeston CC) 1:25:54

Veterans:

  1. Thijs Geurts (Macclesfield Wheelers) 1:08:06
  2. Jimmy Froggatt (SKCC) 1:10:47
  3. Andy Hicklin (Peak RC) 1:11:09

The Buxton CC Mountain TT was again sponsored by Hotel Milano Helvetia, Riccione in Italy (www.hotelmilano.net), one of the area’s famous “Bike Hotels”, and also long-standing sponsor Sett Valley Cycles

Buxton Mountain Time Trial

The Buxton Mountain Time Trial is organised by Buxton Cycling Club on behalf of Cycling Time Trials and is held annually on Good Friday.

The course is a circuit of 11 miles. There are 390 metres of climbing per lap which, along with the variable weather, makes this one of the hardest time trial events in the country. It is set in the heart of the Peak District National Park and so takes place amidst beautiful scenery and so it’s a great day out if you come to watch by bike or car. Many family members, supporters and fans congregate in Longnor to watch the riders pass through each lap and if they fancy a break, there are plenty of pubs and cafes to keep them occupied.

Acknowledgements:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank, in addition to our sponsors:
Hilary Sharpe who has been doing refreshments for 29 years.
Tony Millington and Judith Soden, our timekeepers once again for 2022.
All the marshalls and others from Buxton Cycling Club and elsewhere who offer their help.

Course Description – J8/3

The course:

Start in Longnor on the B5053 outside Longnor Primary school. Proceed north and just as leaving Longnor village (just before the derestricted sign) (300 yards) turn left along unclassified road where continue straight on until Flash Bar on A53 (4.1 miles). Turn left on A53 towards Leek. Immediately after the Royal Cottage but before the Winking Man pub turn sharp left (6.8 miles) keeping straight on to return to Longnor (11 miles), going left in Longnor and after approximately 30 yards left again  onto the B5053 past the start to follow the circuit for a second and then a third lap.

Please avoid riders who are just setting off as you come through the start. The finish is in Longnor just before the first left turn in the village centre, just after the 30mph limit sign.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions the course was revised for the 2021 edition of the event, starting outside the Knight’s Table, Flash Bar, with the finish approximately 0.4 miles before Flash Bar, immediately after a no-through road signed ‘Colshaw’

Route and profile, 2022:

History of the Buxton Mountain Time Trial

The original course started on Grin Low Road, headed up Axe Edge (A53), took the left after Royal Cottage and descended to Longnor. Once in Longnor riders turned left along the B5053 past the school towards Glutton Bridge and Brierlow Bar, where the riders turned left just before the A515 and headed back to the start. This was a 2 lap course for the 32 miles.

Between 1974 and 1978 due to RTTC policy banning the use of the existing course, the circuit was amended to a longer 28 mile loop starting at Burlow Road in Harpur Hill, proceeding along Grin Low Road before turning and climbing Axe Edge (A53). Riders then turned left after Royal Cottage but before Longnor a right turn was made to Fawfieldhead and on the B5053 towards Warslow. A left turn was made on to the B5054 and took the riders through Hulme End and Hartington to join the A515 near the Jug & Glass pub to return to Harper Hill, turning into Heathfield Nook Road to finish. The ban was overturned and the Time Trial returned to it’s original circuit in 1979.

In 1990 the event moved from a desolate start and finish on Grin Low Road to Longnor where the Crewe and Harpur Arms was used as the first headquarters.

In 2002 the circuit was amended to what we know it as today, this is in part due to traffic lights being installed on the circuit following a landslip between Longnor and Glutton Bridge.

Event Sponsors

Hotel Milano Helvetia, Italy

       

We are delighted that the 2022 event was once again kindly sponsored by Hotel Milano Helvetia, Riccione in Italy (www.hotelmilano.net), one of the area’s famous “Bike Hotels”. The hotel offered prizes of 2 five day stays at the hotel on their “Plus” package for cyclists, one for the winner of the Men’s/Espoirs’ in the 3-lap event and one for the winner of Women in the 2-lap event. The package includes our winners bed, breakfast, evening meal and post-ride afternoon buffet along with the assistance of a guide to show them the best local routes (with the hotel’s other guests of course). The prizes do not include air fares (although many UK airports have budget routes to destinations in north eastern Italy which allow easy transfers to the hotel by bus, train or taxi), and bike hire is available at the hotel.

The Hotel Milano Helvetia, in addition, offered a 10% reduction on the cost of their stay (excluding extras like bike hire and bar bills, of course) to ALL ENTRANTS to the event!

Sett Valley Cycles

Long-standing sponsor of the event, Sam Clark at Sett Valley Cycles, kindly sponsored the Mountain Time Trial in 2022, as in many previous years.

Chris Lea
Chris LeaOrganiser

Full Results

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