MICHAEL Sloanes and Iain Beveridge were the big winners as Sunderland Clarion Cycling Club celebrated a successful 2012 with an awards evening.
The awards were presented by Club President Bill Childs and Chairman Chris Barnard, to members of the club for success in road racing, time trialling and also for their participation within the club.
The racing team secured a third place in the North East with 193 points, an impressive performance given that they were the only unsponsored team in the top five of the region.
The clubs’ haul of points in road racing were gained by riders. However, two riders managed to gain the same number of points, Sloanes and Beveridge.
Their performances this season saw them both move up to second category racing standard.
The success of the duo also continued in time trials with Beveridge collecting his trophies for victories in the Dennis Pearsall and David Craig Memorial Trophies for 25-mile time trials.
Sloanes took the club’s Hill Climb trophy, the Peter Foster Memorial, along with the Leamside 9-mile time trial trophy.
The David Rowley Memorial Trophy, the clubs third 25-mile time trial trophy, went to Steve Kerr, who also took home the Bill Fisher Memorial Trophy for a 10-mile time trial.
The final time trial trophy, the Kenneth Price Memorial, was awarded for the fastest 10-mile time trial of the season and went to Andrew Ayre, for a 24 minutes 8 seconds time, set in July.
The final racing trophy was awarded to the Novice Champion, and went to Craig Stephenson.
The club also acknowledged the riders who completed the club’s reliability ride, which saw riders complete a route around the Yorkshire dales. Those riders were Paul Alderson, Peter Baggaley, Matt Davies, Ray Donkin, Steve Kerr, Julian Long, John Reay, Alan Reed, Steve Smithson, Ian Watson, and Simon Wilkinson.
The final award, the Tommy Rowell Club Man of the Year, went to Matt France for his work managing the club’s press and social media output.
The 2012 season saw the club’s membership continue to expand with both new leisure and competitive members joining.
This year, the club will once again run events including their time trial, hill climb and reliability ride, along with a second year of the club’s race series at Hetton Lyons Country Park.
Also continuing for a second year will be the club’s offer of coaching sessions.
A new addition will be a new Saturday ride, the first of which is to be held this Saturday, and begins with a short ride, around 15 miles, departing from outside the Bungalow Café, Roker at 9am and heading on the road to South Shields for a café stop before returning. Anyone is welcome – member or not.
The only requirements are that each rider must bring their own bike in good working order, and must wear a helmet and suitable clothing for the conditions.
The rides will take place on the road rather than cycle paths, but don’t be deterred if this is new – guidance will be provided.
Two further Saturday rides are planned, on February 2 and 16.