The notoriously tough 40.5-mile Teesdale Mountain Time Trial took place on Sunday 24th April. The route starts near the Redwell, Barnard Castle and heads over Folly Top towards Middleton doubling back up the short but steep Carlonin, over Bollihope Common, descending rapidly to Stanhope. There was a slight respite for riders with an undulating 5.5 mile loop in Weardale before retracing the majority of the route, starting with the gruelling Unthank Bank, continuing to climb over Bollihope Common. From the summit a descent across Eggleston Common to Eggleston before the last climb of Folly Bank, returning to Barney to finish at Glaxo.
In a field of 63 entrants Carl Donaldson (GS Metro) bounced back after crashing out in 2015 to win the event in 1:48:48, equalling the course record. Matt Moorhouse (Preston CC) was second in 1:50:58 and previous winner Rob Carter (TS Racing Team – OTR) came home third in 1:52:29. Mark Donovan (Beacon Wheelers) was the first Junior home in 1:55:08, finishing 6th overall and Karen Poole (Hambleton CC) won the ladies in 2:14:21. Three Teesdale riders rode well, Phill Collings 32nd, 2:20:40, Jim Pyrah, 40th, 2:39:27 and Stephen Boyd, 44th, 2:46:36.
Riders praised the event for its quality, many suggesting it is one of the best (and toughest) time trials out there. Teesdale CRC Chairman and event organiser Bob Murdoch thanked riders for their comments and said this can only happen with all the efforts of the planners/helpers. Bob thanked members and friends of the club for setting out, marshalling and running the event. Special thanks were given to the generosity of Sponsor Arthur Caygill Cycles who has supported the event year.