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Published on April 20th, 2018 | by Brad Illingworth


Staff Race Results

The last couple of weeks have yielded some encouraging results for the Start Fitness cycling staff! On the road, Dan Meggison (GS Metro) put in two very strong rides. His first time trial of the season was the Blaydon CC two-up TT (18mi). On wet roads, Dan and partner Ali Bailey put down a solid 40:13 to take third overall on the day.

Dan Meggison & Ali Bailey at Ponteland

The following weekend saw the North Tyneside Riders CC 10 mile TT at Cramlington. Dan put in a smashing ride on his SCOTT Plasma, he took over a minute off his personal best and laid down an impressive 20:02 which was good enough for second overall on the day – cracking result Dan!

Dan Meggison at Cramlington

Next up was Patrick Deane (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) who used the North Tyneside Riders CC 10 mile TT at Cramlington as preparation ride to build a strong season. Paddy posted a respectable 24:09, placing him 36th in the vets category.

Patrick Deane aboard his SCOTT Plasma

Patrick Deane aboard his SCOTT Plasma

Chris Philogene competed at round 1 of the iXS European Cup in Slovenia. With caravan in tow, Chris and older brother Jono made the long drive from Newcastle to Maribor. Chris has recently relocated and had completed a total of four uplift days on his downhill bike this year, not the best preparation for an international downhill race.

In qualifying Chris had a big crash, cracking his full face helmet, but he managed to get up and complete the run. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it into the ‘Super Final’ but was left to contest the ‘Small Final’ where he placed third with a time of 3:36.306 – good enough for 17th overall in a field stacked with world cup regulars! With limited preparation, this is an encouraging result for Chris. He has a new Santa Cruz V10 on the way and is working hard to make steady improvements through the year.

Chris Philogene at Maribor, Slovenia.

Lastly, Brad Illingworth was at Laggan for round 1 of the Scottish Enduro Series. This was Brad’s third time up at Laggan and the experience has shown to be most valuable. Last year he placed the second at this event and suffered from two crashes at the 2017 round. He took it steady last Sunday and completed all five stages with no major issues to report.

This approach paid off and he managed to take his SCOTT Genius to the master’s category win by 30 seconds, good enough for 9th overall on the day.

Brad Illingworth at Laggan, Scottish Highlands

Written By Brad Illingworth