CYCLING: Blazing Saddles presentations in Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 20:46 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:46 11 December 2017

Penny Schenkel skills challenge women's winner with Melody Brown award presenter by Zander Brown

Penny Schenkel skills challenge women's winner with Melody Brown award presenter by Zander Brown

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SOPHIA MORRIS, PENNY SCHENKEL and ALAN BAXTER will be riding the Blazing Saddles into 2018 as they were the main prize winners at the Cycling UK Stevenage group’s presentations and Christmas lunch on Sunday. Despite the heavy snow nearly everyone made it to the King George lV in Baldock for the 1230 start.

Sophia won the junior Blazing Saddle with GEORGE UNDERHILL second and ZOE NUTTALL third.

In the women’s competition there was a remarkable tussle for third, fourth and fifth place with only two points separating Sophia Morris fifth with 73, HELEN HARRIS fourth on 74, and winning “New Kid On The Block,” from JACKIE COOPER who emerged in “bronze” position with 75 points. NICOLA MORRIS was second on 91 while PENNY SCHENKEL was leading lady and won the “BOSC” trophy, her massive 149 points was enough to place her second in the overall competition. It is perfectly possible for a woman to win overall and it has happened hence BOSC – best opposite sexed cyclist. If a woman wins overall the leading man gets the BOSC.

However the amazing ALAN BAXTER won the Blazing Saddle, it really is a saddle, with 190 points and averaging almost three qualifying rides every week throughout the year. DAVE HALL was second man on 140. There was another tight battle here for third, fourth and fifth with PAUL BOIELLE third on 98; JON COOPER fourth on 97 and JIM BROWN fifth on 96.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for Emitremmus, the Start of Summertime Specials, the Skills Challenge and the various other events organised locally throughout 2017. JILL BORCHERDS won the tourist trophy as best local rider in the national competition.

STUART HIGHAM won the local skills challenge with Penny Schenkel first woman and KIERAN HIGHAM first junior.

Jason Morris introduced the cycling treasure hunt to the calendar in 2017. The event produced joint winners in Nicola Morris, Sophia Morris. Penny Schenkel and Pete Woolmer.

This was also an occasion to say thank you to all the volunteers who made the 188 rides and seven events possible during the year.

In particular JILL and JIM BORCHERDS won the Ride Makers’ Award for all their hard work administering the Blazing Saddles statistics and doing the group’s printing. Jackie Cooper, Paul Boielle and Pete Woolmer for leading the most rides. The vital role of sweeper was not forgotten with awards to super sweeper PAUL HILL, Paul Boielle and Penny Schenkel. There is a radio link between the leader and sweeper on local Cycling UK rides so no-one gets left behind.

See CometSport’s comprehensive coverage on the Twelve Rides of Christmas.

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