With Rob Jebb and Stuart Reid not riding this year, and no Noel Clough for the second year in a row,  it was always going to be a hard year for Team Wheelbase.co.uk/Cannondale, and in many ways it went from bad to worse with Lewis Craven suffering a badly timed mechanical and my own feeble flailing on Penyghent. 

But out with the old, in with the new.  Steve Clark’s third 3 peaks saw him mature with a very solid 13th place, and Tom Armstrong’s debut ride – just 17 years of age – saw a fantastic win in the junior event.  There may not have been any team prize or ornaments taken home to Jebb Towers, but it wasn’t such a bad day at the office.