The 56th edition of Tyneside Vagabonds Mountain Time Trial in Northumberland sees a battle of time trialling legends as 11 times BBAR Kevin Dawson (Sportscover.com) and National 12 Hour and 24 Hour record holder Andrew Wilkinson (Port Sunlight Wheelers) both tackle the event for the first time. They will be challenged all the way in the race for the first prize of £300 by former winner and local rider John Tuckett (Activ Cycles) and another first time rider, Richard Handley (Team Raleigh).
Other former winners of the event riding this year are Martin Gibson (Adept Precision R.T.), and Ian Norris (Activ Cycles) who joins John Tuckett and John Sturman to lead the challenge for the team prize.
Courtesy of event sponsors, Wellstream International, there is a total prize list of £1200. With a field of 89 riders this year, the race is one of the biggest events in the North East time trial calendar. Due to roadworks in Rothbury, the course has been amended to start and finish just outside the town, but retains the classic route over a shortened 45 mile course through the Northumberland hills. The racing in various age and ability categories will be hotly contested.
This year the Vags MTT is also the final round in a new three race series called the Mountain Trophy - the first rounds being the Teesdale MTT and the Derwentside MTT. The series is currently lead by Ian Norris from Martin Gibson and Ben Lane, whilst Dawn Sherrin leads the ladies series from Deborah Hales.
Sponsors for the event are:
Prize List, and thermo mug for each rider
|Cycle kit to be raffled between competitors|
|Energy gel for each rider|
First rider starts at 11:02, with John Tuckett last to start at 12:30.
The event starts and finishes at Rothbury, 35 miles north west of Newcastle upon Tyne. The course heads out to Elsdon via the timed hill climb over Billsmoor. The riders continue over Winter's Gibbet, and on to Belsay, before turning north for a hilly final leg back to Rothbury.