Melton Olympic Cycling Club got 2015 under way on a high note as they welcomed their biggest field of riders for their annual New Year’s Day event.
A hardy bunch of 20 riders turned out after the previous night’s revelries to tackle the traditional 10-mile time trial on the Scalford course.
Several riders carried on their New Year’s Eve celebratory spirits by riding in fancy dress, while two guest riders from Coventry Road Club also competed.
The event was in doubt right up to the 11am start time following the Boxing Day snowfall and Arctic conditions, but the increased temperature and overnight thaw allowed the riders to get away on the dot.
The change in the weather brought a strong westerly wind which left the riders gritting their teeth and digging in on certain sections of the course.
The event was won by Melton Olympic’s Steve King in a time of 25min 57secs followed by clubmate Jamie Haines just 23 seconds back.
A special mention goes to Melton Vale 16 teacher Kathryn Bloodworth who rode her first-ever time trial dressed as Cat Woman.
The club also wishes to say a big thank-you to the timekeeper, pusher-off and marshals.
Results (Melton Olympic riders unless stated): 1 Steve King 25.57; 2 Jamie Haines 26.20; 3 Harry Thompson (Leics RC) 27.21; 4 Jack Corah (Coventry RC) 27.43; 5 Matthew McNamee (Leics RC) 28.01; 6 Andrew Swain (Sportgrub Kuota) 28.43; 7 Jeff Snodin 29.01; 8 Chris Yip (Coventry RC) 29.24; 9 Chris Thompson (Leics RC) 29.52; 10 Jim Sutherland (29.54); 11 John Farnsworth 30.17; 12 Wayne Hackett 30.22; 13 Adam Gardner 30.27; 14 David Burdett (unattached) 30.50; 15 Adam Brown 31.18; 16 Bill Vetcher 31.51; 17 Kerrigan Robb 33.03; 18 Andrew Thorn 33.32 (fancy dress); 19 Debbie Shaw 35.19; 20 Kathryn Bloodworth (unattached) 37.43 (fancy dress).