At last we had some properly seasonal weather after a pretty unpleasant spring.  Treated to some sunny and hot conditions, we reckoned on some good times (though actually, the humidity did seem to affect some riders). The event was the North Bucks Road Club 10 mile Championship event, so for the NBRC members, there was something to aim at. Well, if truth be told, this would be for Silver behind Tony…

Lining up behind riders, I was acutely conscious that I’d marked the hottest evening of the club event season by neglecting to bring a bottle. Not that I ever plan to drink in a ’10’, but it’s nice to drink before and after the event. And there’s the generally belief that the aero bottle improves the aero characteristics of the frame.

Anyhow, off I went at the allotted time. I found the opening sections not too bad – it was a pretty still night, so no assistance (or hindrance) due to wind. I had no trouble with traffic at any point during the event, which made a nice change. I always take the first roundabout carefully, as it’s very heavily potholed and falling off in the first mile would be somewhat embarrassing.  I whisked up the hill pretty briskly, then embarked on the dual carriageway section, for which there isn’t too much to report.  Coming off the dual carriageway, I hoped to to crank out some speed.  And I did for a while, but the final mile or so is pretty hard, even on a nice evening, as the road surface is pretty rough and while it looks level, I think it’s actually a slight incline.  I finished in 22:47, one of my faster times on this course, and enough for silver behind Tony, I think.

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 6 Jason Gurney www.twenty3c.co.uk 21.07 V42 26.09 .+ 5.02 1
2 9 Tony Parks NBRC 21.37 V47 26.31 .+ 4.54 2
3 3 Jez Honor www.twenty3c.co.uk 21.55 V41 26.04 .+ 4.09 4
4 7 Adrian Cox Baines Racing Silverstone 22.30 V51 26.47 .+ 4.17 3
5 14 Rob Saunders NBRC 22.47 V52 26.51 .+ 4.04 5
6 11 Anthony Batt NBRC 22.49 S
7 10 Lindz Barral www.twenty3c.co.uk 22.56 S
8 5 Andy Burnett Bicester Millennium CC 23.20 V49 26.39 .+ 3.19 7
9 13 Jason Lee TeamMK 23.25 V43 26.13 .+ 2.48 9
10 8 David Carrington TeamMK 23.35 V46 26.26 .+ 2.51 8
11 4 Leigh Smith Team Corley / Alpha RC 23.45 S
12 12 Rob Chaundy TeamMK 23.59 V60 27.28 .+ 3.29 6
13 1 Alan Lawson NBRC 26.48 V43 26.13 .- 0.35 10
14 2 Darren Haydon NBRC 27.06 V41 26.04 .- 1.02 11