A lovely morning greeted us as we loaded my bike into the car. As we drove over to Tempsford, the conditions became rather misty though this had cleared by the time we lined up at the start. Also rather disappointing was the head wind to the turn, which rendered the outbound leg rather stodgy – I was certainly struggling to keep the speed over 25mph.
The current incarnation of the F1/10 runs southbound from near Tempsford, across the Sandy roundabout to turn at the Biggleswade North (Warden Lane) roundabout, with a finish line really close to Tempsford Hall. Joining the A1 after the start is rather nice – it’s a sliproad coming down from a flyover. Unfortunately, the 29+mph I’d got up to coming down the sliproad soon evaporated and I was plugging along trying to keep the speed above 25mph. Once at the turn, things looked up a bit and I found myself doing 28-30 mph most of the way back from the turn.
I finished with 22:33 (somewhat better than I’d expected in the first half of the race), around 18 seconds slower than Tony. In fact there weren’t many really quick times today – the event was won with a 21, I think.
Back home, where Tony and I had cappuccinos, then nipped out for a 33 mile easy ride out through Soulbury, Stewkley and Hoggeston, during which we saw some charity bike ride under way. All in all a rather good Sunday morning.
|1||J Bates||Team Milton Keynes||00:21:15||V|
|2||T Davies||Icknield RC||00:21:42||V|
|3||D Kealey||Finchley RT||00:21:56||V|
|4||N Stephens||Finchley RT||00:22:03||V|
|5||A Strickland||Cambridge CC||00:22:12||V|
|6||T Parks||North Bucks RC||00:22:15||V|
|7||S Tarry||Chronos RT||00:22:16||S|
|8||N Pitt||Chronos RT||00:22:18||S|
|9||C Symonds||Bike and Run London||00:22:29||S|
|10||K Gill||PCA Ciclos Uno||00:22:30||V|
|11||I Bibby||Finsbury Park CC||00:22:31||V|
|12||R Saunders||North Bucks RC||00:22:33||V|
|13||G Perry||Team Milton Keynes||00:22:35||V|
|14||J Hargrave||Spalding CC||00:22:36||S|
|15||K Read||North Norfolk Wheelers||00:22:53||V|
|16||P Davis||St Ives CC||00:22:57||V|
|17||A Halliday||Westerley CC||00:23:00||S|
|19||M Horton||CC Ashwell||00:23:10||S|
|20||R Palmer||Team Salesengine.co.uk||00:23:25||V|