A TOTAL of 95 cyclists braved a winter weekend to join in a Christmas 10-mile time trial on Sunday morning.

But this was not an ordinary time trial as many of the cyclists donned fantastic fancy dress costumes for the festive gathering.

Dave Fearon, from Weaver Valley Cycling Club, organised the annual event, which is held at Goostrey.

He said: “The event went off very well as we were lucky to experience a mild day after a week of freezing mornings and the early rain stopped just 10 minutes before the first rider started.

“95 riders took part in the two events, the first of which was a novelty fancy dress race and the second was a more serious (although not too serious at this time of the year) open race.

“A good crowd clapped and enjoyed some good hearted banter with the fancy dress riders and the prize list was for the best costume so the times recorded were not really important.”

Winners of the fancy dress competition were Rik Meadows, from Withington Wheelers, who came dressed as a tiger, and the best fancy dress tandem was ridden by Matt Duck and Matt Lawton, from Macclesfield Wheelers, for their Batman and Robin costumes.

The pair also beat the five serious tandems with an impressive time of 24:45.

Scott Burns, from Manchester Wheelers, won the open solo with a time of 23:01 and the open tandem was won by Brian Anthony and Robert Gregory, from Janus Road Club.