Unfortunately only 13 started with Pete Harris worried to test out his new TT steed in wet and windy conditions, whilst Mark Jordan proved that it is just as dangerous doing a training ride. He cycled into a stationary car, fortunately quite slowly, and no significant injuries.
Due to recent roadworks on the original course we were riding a modified course, with the start some 5 miles away. This caught out Trevor who missed his start time by 2 ½ minutes, but was nothing to Colin Chambers who got to the start early then wandered off aimlessly, thus joining Ant Grey in that specialist sport - the Time Trial for people with no sense of direction. He eventually found his way back over 20 minutes late! Mind you, he also missed his start last year!
It was a wet and windy day but both James dear and Rupert Robinson were comfortably under the hour, with James taking the win by just 4 seconds!
3 minutes down was Rob Hoodless in 62.26, with the ever improving Dave Lashbrook with his second PB over 25 miles in as many weeks, just 16 seconds behind in 62.42. Ant Grey also had a very strong ride to finish in 64.03 and Colin (I haven't been on my bike all winter) Chambers did his now expected 65.43 and Steve (I have trained quite hard and this is probably as fast as I can do) Alden managing 67.11
One of the strongest rides of the day came from Rachel Baker as she also lowered her PB to 69.27, comfortably ahead of Steve (I shouldn't have ridden so far last week)Mac in 71.02, although I heard a rumour that these long rides were called training, which ultimately will result in more speed!
Martin Sanwell also earned himself a PB with 73.00 but is sure to better this once he gets his new bike on the road. Trevor managed to get over his late start and also rode a PB in 76.01, closely followed by Hazel Tuppen in 77.07 in another PB.
Rose Ryan may have been the last home in 95.56, but she entered it, worked hard all the way round and earned a PB. This is the true essence of Time Trialling, that you are racing against yourself, and to my mind, Rose earned the 'spirit of the race' award for her efforts.
MEN WINNER 53.27
59.29 1st 11.28% 10pts
Rupert Robinson 59.33 2nd 11.41 9
Rob Hoodless 1.02.26 3rd 16.80 8
Dave Lashbrook 1.02.42 4th 17.31 7 PB
Ant Grey 1.04.03 5th 19.83 6
Colin Chambers 1.05.43 6th 22.94 5
Steve Alden 1.07.11 7th 25.69 4
Steve McMenamin 1.11.2 8th 32.89 3
Martin Sanwell 1.13.00 9th 36.58 2 PB
Trevor Moore 1.16.01 10th 42.21 1 PB
WOMEN WINNER 1.04.42
Rachel Baker 1.09.27
1st 7.34% 10pts PB
Hazel Tuppen 1.17.07 2nd 19.18 9 PB
Rose Ryan 1.35.56 3rd 48.27 8 PB
Author - Steve Alden