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.

Pos Rider Club Time
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
18 N Ellison Beyond/WDBMC/Specialized/RRP 00:23:02 S
19 M Horton CC Ashwell 00:23:10 S
20 R Palmer Team Salesengine.co.uk 00:23:25 V