Hull Thursday Racing Team 2016

 

Please click on the photos below to access Season 2016 Rider Profiles:

Richard Guymer

Coach: Rich Guymer

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Neil Cleminshaw

Neil Cleminshaw

Lee Coulson

Lee Coulson

Amanda Dean

Amanda Dean

Neil Dean

Neil Dean

Mark Ollerenshaw

Mark Ollerenshaw

Jim Trevor

Jim Trevor

Brett Waterhouse

Brett Waterhouse

 

 

TEAM RANKINGS

 

Hull Thursday Racing Team rankings 2016

 

 

2016 PREVIEW

2015 – What a year!

Success on various levels and a top 10 in the Yorkshire rankings means that 2016 has some rather big shoes to fill.

The team over the winter hit its biggest challenge with 4 top riders either moving on elsewhere or hanging up their wheels. Danny Posnett and Josh Ravn have moved on to pastures new and their absence will surely be felt throughout the season. Graham Morgan and Matthew Johnson have also called it quits and they will be sorely missed also by the team.

So 2016 has opened up the door for the newcomers to the team, but more on them later. We still have the majority from 2015 staying put.

THE ORIGINALS

Will Thomas

Rider Profile

After a spectacular opening season, Will had a portion of second season syndrome last year and despite a promising opening half to 2015, priorities elsewhere meant he couldn’t push on throughout the second half of the season and the results somewhat dried up. Nevertheless, he still picked up numerous top 10 places and remains a force to be reckoned with on the local scene. Should things fall into place, expect him to be challenging for his 2nd Cat licence this season.

Neil Dean

Rider Profile

The big man of the team continues to be a tower force on the vets scene. Strong performances in races such as the Condor Buckstone Flanders and Abberleys Stage Race mean that 2016 should hold no fear for Neil. Along with being a contender in the vets races, he shall provide instrumental support to the team for others on the road and off it, with his behind the scenes work often left unnoticed.

Mandy Dean

Rider Profile

2015 was a big year for Mandy. After a few reservations and uncertainties about racing in a bunch she finally took the plunge and came out the other side with her usual beaming smile. She had a struggle to begin with on the all-male vets’ scene but soon got the grasp of it – and even picked up a few prizes along the way too! Her time trial performance at Bubwith raised a few eyebrows with a fantastic time of under 26:30.

2015 should provide Mandy with the confidence for 2016 knowing she can do it – and we’d love for her to attempt an all women BC event to see what she’s like competing on a level playing field. Whatever she decides to do, she’ll continue to be a loyal cornerstone for the team and hopefully be an inspiration to other women who would like to give racing a crack.

Andy Carroll

Rider Profile

The joker among the pack, Andy had a good season in 2015. He provided some strong performances in both TTs and Road Races and in particular the local TT scene with numerous top tens. In City Road Club’s 3up TTT he proved that age can persevere over youth by guiding his fellow teammates (all in their teens) to the line; something that brought a smile to his face. A few off-days during the season perhaps means Andy’s weakness is his inconsistency. However he’ll still be a force in the time trials and make sure everyone’s got a smile on their face throughout.

Jim Trevor

Rider Profile

Jim Trevor – what can you say about the legend who can ride a solo 100 mile time trial faster than most can race a 50 mile bunch road race. Any rumours you’ve heard about Jim are probably true. Not only an expert time triallist he’s also a top bloke always friendly enough to pass on advice. Unfortunately we only saw Jim fleetingly throughout the season as his work led him to the sunny climates of Greece for most of the year. Aside from strong performances in time trials he still managed to rack up a few points in BC races showing how diverse his talents are. Hopefully we’ll see Jim more in 2016 to witness more of his exploits both on the tt circuit and in road races.

Neil Cleminshaw

Rider Profile

Something of an internal rivalry, albeit a friendly one, developed between Neil and Jim in 2015, especially over various vets’ TT records. Another expert time triallist, you’ll often see Neil bombing up and down the A63 in pursuit of that ever-faster time. Expect more of the same in 2016, but don’t ask me to choose between Neil and Jim who will win the most awards and break the most records next season as its too close to call.

Mark Walker

Rider Profile

 

2015 was a literally up and a down season for me, but a hugely satisfying end means I can start to aim with confidence at various targets in 2016 – with the 2nd cat license being the ultimate goal. My main issue is staying injury free with recurring knee trouble being my number 1 enemy of late. Keep fit and healthy and I see no reason why I can’t improve on last year’s results.

THE NEW GUYS

The early off season of 2015 was the most difficult one for the team with riders seemingly leaving left, right and centre. However we’ve managed to fill the void with a mix of returning legends and enthusiastic newbies.

Andy Clark

Rider Profile

 

No, no relation to Ben. Andy is another new rider to the scene, who at the tender age of 46 is looking to make his debut into road racing. A Trojan on the bike, he rarely says no to anyone and always commits 100% even when he shouldn’t. Learning how to use his body and when to push will be his biggest challenge. He’s certainly strong enough, but curbing that power may come harder to him than others. Should he do that, then expect him to be challenging at races.

Ben Clark

Rider Profile

Hull’s answer to Andre Greipel. Ben is so powerful his bikes struggle to cope at times, with either pedals falling off or wheels exploding. When his bike doesn’t break, Ben is one awesome powerhouse and I don’t think he realises how strong he is. As a big rider, don’t expect him to be winning any hilly one-day races, but on the flatter courses he will be a fantastic addition to the team and points will no doubt come his way.

Connor Clark

Rider Profile

Connor becomes the baby of the team having just turned 18. A raw talent at the moment who could become a very good rider later in life. Unfortunately for us we’ve only got his services for 2016 before he heads down to London. He’s impressed with how quickly he’s learnt over the winter, and whilst it may take a few races to get used to the pace of racing, we think he will be very strong come the end of the season.

Lee Coulson

Rider Profile

Lee – perhaps the nicest rider on the team – makes his return to Hull Thursday. After a few seasons with the We Love Mountains Racing Team and a couple away from racing altogether, Lee returned last year and although not quite at the level of his former glory (glory that was achieved wearing sandals once) he showed the talent is still there and he’s clearly being working hard over the winter meaning we can expect some decent results for Lee in 2016.

Mark Ollerenshaw

Rider Profile

Mark, or Olley, as he likes to be known, is another face returning to the fold. A former 2nd cat powerhouse, Olley has once again taken aim at the local criterium and circuit race scene which brought about such success before. If he can regain the form of a few years ago, he’ll be able to provide the team with a number of results. His experience will also be invaluable to the rest of us in races. Another valued asset for 2016!

Brett Waterhouse

Rider Profile

Brett who? I can hear some say. Yes Brett may be new to HTRC having just become a member these last few months, but his enthusiasm and passion for racing has shone this winter and he’s getting stronger and stronger with every ride. The real test will be when he goes shoulder to shoulder in a race, but we believe Brett will be strong enough to pick up results as the season goes on.

So, if you’re a first claim member and currently have either a TLI license, LVRC licence (for the over 40s) or a BC license and would like to become more involved in road racing within the club, then please feel free to contact the Road Race Secretary at road@htrc.co.uk so you can see for yourself as to what we are all about.

Happy 2016 all!!

Mark Walker
HTRC Road Race Secretary

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