The first evening event of the NBRC club time trial series! It was also the first event on the F5d/10 since the New Year’s Day’10’.

Somewhat ominously, I woke to the sound of a 5am thunderstorm.  Still, I reckoned, over 12 hours before the event, plenty of time for the weather to clear up (the BBC forecast was for sunshine)!  Indeed, when I turned up to the club room at about 6.20, it was not only sunny, but very warm. 

Our time trial secretary had decreed that, due to the sunset time, the event would be limited to 20 riders, with preference to NBRC riders.  On the night, riders were turning in quite large numbers – in the end well over 30 signed on – and theend the decision was taken to set riders off at 30 second intervals.

Down to the start area, and I rode throught the first few roundabouts to warm up, and to assess the strength of the breeze.  This, it appeared, would whisk riders up to the third roundabout (where we turn left to join the Stoke Hammond bypass), but unfortunately would make sections of the final couple of miles a bit harder than usual.

And so it proved – in fact I made it to the dual carriageway without dropping below 25mph.  Once on the dual carriageway, it was the usual story of an undulating road, but the sidewind wasn’t too much of a problem with the trispoke wheels.  The final section was rather more heavy going – not only is the road surface a bit rough, but the head wind was a nuisance.  Over the event, I kept the HR in the 180-187bpm range, so not a bad training event.  I estimated my time at about 23:30, which is sort of OK – I’d hoped for better in the back of my mind, but the reality is the lack of training on my past is always going to count against me.

RESULTS 

 

Pos

No

Rider

Club

Time

Cat

Vets Std

Plus/Minus

Vets Pos

1

18

Jason Gurney

TeamMK

21.13

S

2

14

Simon Cannings

TeamMK

22.07

S

3

20

Stuart Tarry

Team Sanjan Design

22.08

S

4

32

Leigh Smith

Alpha RC

22.23

S

5

29

Tony Parks

NBRC

22.26

V44

26.18

3.52

4

6

19

Matt Passenger

TeamMK

22.35

S

7

31

Chris Dunwoodie

TeamMK

22.40

S

8

15

Adrian Cox

TeamMK

23.16

V48

27.07

3.51

5

9

16

Lindz Barral

i-Team CC

23.17

S

10

12

Gordon Spencer

TeamMK

23.19

S

11

25

Robert Saunders

NBRC

23.26

V49

27.20

3.54

3

12

11

Andy Sharman

TeamMK

23.48

S

13

33

Steve Torley

TeamMK

23.52

S

14

34

Geoff Perry

TeamMK

23.53

V49

27.20

3.27

6

15

17

John Buchanan

NBRC

24.08

S

16

8

David Carrington

TeamMK

24.15

V43

26.06

1.51

7

17

21

Glenn McMenamin

NBRC

24.38

S

18

2

Darren Haydon

NBRC

24.53

S

19

13

Matthew Barton

TeamMK

25.01

V40

25.30

0.29

12

20

27

Gilbert Wheelwright

NBRC

25.39

V66

31.15

5.36

1

21

23

Stewart Williams

TeamMK

25.42

V49

27.20

1.38

8

22

10

Will Hilton

Team Synergy

25.46

S

23

6

Ian Stokes

NBRC

25.51

V49

27.20

1.29

10

24

7

Warren Stokes

NBRC

25.59

S

25

4

Clive Faine

TeamMK

26.04

V62

30.16

4.12

2

26

30

Mark Kleanthous

TeamMK

26.06

V48

27.07

1.01

11

27

5

Chris Hartley

NBRC

26.16

V51

27.46

1.30

9

28

1

Alan Lawson

NBRC

27.09

V40

25.30

-1.39

13

29=

3

Yvonne Gurney

TeamMK

27.26

L

29=

26

David Skeggs

NBRC

27.26

V40

25.30

-1.56

14

31

24

Chris Helliwell

Bath Uni

27.29

S

32

9

Katherine Dilks

NBRC

28.50

L

33

28

Tony Brunton

NBRC

29.04

V44

26.18

-2.46

15

2-up

22

Ian Marshall/Kevin Stokes

TeamMK

21.18

V40/46