Round 4 of the Ystwyth CC time trial series saw 15 riders sign on to take on the challenge of the 12-mile hilly time trial course. Starting at the visitor centre at Nant yr Arian, with a flock of red kites
circling ready to swoop on any rider showing signs of nerves, the riders took on the challenge of the
6-mile technical descent with speed and precision to the Lovesgrove roundabout before taking the
same 6-mile climb back to the visitor centre.
The records for the course are phenomenally quick, with Stevie Williams holding the men’s record in
a time of 31min and 3 seconds – a time some cars would struggle to beat. In the ladies event the
course record is held by Dr Helen Marshall in a time of 38min and 10 seconds.
With a blustery south-westerly wind, it would be unlikely that the record would fall on this occasion,
although the course is ridden a second time in June.
On this course, riders are often torn between riding a traditional road bike, where the rider may gain
additional time by being able to climb more efficiently, or riding a TT bike where they may gain
additional time, if brave on the descent, and then ride to their maximum threshold on the flat section
of the course.
In the two-up event, Leif and Layla Skot took the win in a time of 47min 02seconds.
In the ladies event, Anita Saycell took the win in a time of 40min 08seconds.
In the highly competitive men’s event, Ieuan Andy Davies took the win in a time of 32min
47seconds; second place went to Andy Hunt in a time of 32min 48seconds; third place went to
Danny Thorogood in a time of 33min 25seconds.
Next week, riders return to the fast Llety Gwyn course with registration starting at 6.15pm and first
rider off at 7pm.
Again, a huge thank you to the time keepers and marshals. For further information on the time trial
series please visit the Ystwyth CC webpage.
Nant yr Arian Hilly / April 25th 2018
1. Ieuan Andy Davies 32.47
2. Andy Hunt 32.48
3. Daniel Thorogood 33.25
4. Joshua Tarling 34.20
5. Steffan Roberts 35.01
6. Caron Pugh 35.18
7. Michael Tarling 35.20
8. Clint Middleton 35.55
8.Shelley Childs 35.55
10. Martyn Saycell 39.06
11.Pete Jenkins 39.26
12.Anita Saycell 40.08
13.Leif & Layla Skot 2up 47.02
Ciaran Rowett DNS