Initially run over a 67 mile course, the Mountain Time Trial was a ground-breaking event for the North East. It took place in a different era when racing took place under much more secretive conditions!
In fact, the route was similar to the course currently used, taking in the climbs of Coldrife and Bilsmoor, but returning over the Ottercaps on the A696 rather than over WInter's Gibbet. As ever, the event enjoyed "brilliant weather"! Pictured right is the feed zone on Coldrife during the inaugural event.
The winner, in a time of 3 hours 20 minutes and 33 seconds was Stan Bain of Barnesbury C.C.