This was an afternoon event on the hottest day of the year so far, hot enough that I found it rather oppressive. By the finish, my HR had climbed to some pretty unreasonable levels.

The F12/10 runs on the A505 Leighton Buzzard bypass, and while not a dual carriageway it is a pretty wide road.  The surface is a little rough and fractures in places, and the road undulates quite a bit.  The course suffers a bit from being quite exposed to crosswinds, though this wasn’t an issue for this event, as it was virtually still.  There have been traffic management changes since I last rode the course, with increased traffic levels through the Grovebury Road industrial estate where the HQ was, and on the section of road where we normally warm up – possibly due to the new Stoke Hammond bypass road.

I rode to and from the event, and I must be on a roll as I had no punctures.  During the race, I quickly dropped into a good rhythm, but after 5 or 10 minutes the heat began to get to me.  I had a clear run through the Billington Road roundabout in both directions and had no trouble at the turn.  I finished with 22:45, which I think was 9th.  Tim Carter and Tony Parks r=finished in 21:27 and 21:50 respectively, giving the North Bucks the team prize.

1 60 Ross Clarke Verulam CC Sen
21:20

2 56 Paul Taylor Reading CC Sen
21:27

3 50 Tim Carter North Bucks RC Vet 25:54 21:36 + 4:18
4 45 Tony Parks North Bucks RC Vet 26:06 21:50 + 4:16
5 40 Leigh Smith Alpha RC/Team Corley Cycles Sen
22:00

6 36 Richard Webster Team Welwyn Sen
22:07

7 55 Steve Clarke Verulam CC Vet 28:12 22:23 + 5:49
8 28 Russell Rowles Spirit RT Vet 26:42 22:35 + 4:07
9 31 Robert Saunders North Bucks RC Vet 27:07 22:45 + 4:22
10 26 Fred Edwards Team Milton Keynes Vet 27:33 22:51 + 4:42
11 35 Ian Brazier Verulam CC Vet 26:42 23:04 + 3:38
12 51 Gareth Rose Blue Sky Cycles Vet 25:42 23:10 + 2:32
13 46 Christopher Greig High Wycombe CC/IT professional/Cycle Care Sen
23:16

14 41 Jonathan Page Bicester Millennium CC Vet 27:59 23:17 + 4:42
15 32 Michael Bannister Hemel Hempstead CC Sen
23:26

16 53 Simon Layfield Team Welwyn Vet 26:06 23:46 + 2:20
17 42 Malcolm Ash Aylesbury CC Vet 30:02 23:54 + 6:08
18 22 Dave Wentworth North Bucks RC Vet 28:25 24:04 + 4:21
19 52 Andy Murray Hemel Hempstead CC Sen
24:08

20 37 Catherine Essex Kings Lynn CC Lady
24:13

21 44 Rocky Kumar Beds Road Club Sen
24:26

22 57 Barry Gilzean Icknield Road Club/Compomotive Wheels Vet 26:30 24:34 + 1:56
23 33 Chris Hartley North Bucks RC Vet 27:46 24:47 + 2:59
24 58 Malcolm Jenkins Verulam CC Vet 27:20 24:49 + 2:31
25 47 Alan Harvey North Road CC Vet 30:16 25:01 + 5:15
26 48 Chris Lovibond Hounslow & District Wheelers Vet 30:16 25:04 + 5:12
27 23 Alan Lawson North Bucks RC Sen
25:24

28 27 David Ledgerton Hitchin Nomads CC Vet 26:06 25:48 + 0:18
29 38 John Gilbert Wheelwright North Bucks RC Vet 31:00 26:07 + 4:53
30 49 Chris Parkes North Bucks RC Vet 27:07 26:13 + 0:54
31 39 John Hassall South Pennine RC Vet 30:16 26:48 + 3:28
32 59 Brian Moon Willesden CC Vet 30:16 26:52 + 3:24
33 29 Peter Horsnell Chelmer CC Vet 34:22 27:23 + 6:59

24 Ian Newberry Gregarios Superclub Ciclista Vet 27:07 DNS Apol


25 Phil Moss Hemel Hempstead CC Sen
DNS Apol


30 Simon Howes wheelspincycles.com Sen
DNS Apol


34 Philip O’Dell Beds Road Club Vet 27:59 DNS Apol


43 Adam Quilter Aylesbury CC Vet 25:54 DNS


54 Matt Little Verulam CC Vet 29:48 DNS Apol