Having ignored Team Grumpy Rule #2 (Don’t tinker with your bike the evening before the event. It will break, either then or, worse still, during the event) before Sunday’s ’25’, and having paid the price in mechanical up-cocks in the opening few metres of that event it seemed entirely reasonable, I suppose, to similarly disregard Team Grumpy Rule #5 (Never train or race with a bad cough – it will destroy your entire season) and to turn out for this club event on the Astwood sporting course.

The club has pretty much decided to shift the start/finish to the area of the Bikebus cafe for the Astwood events. And on an evening as lovely as this, it was indeed very nice to be able to sit out on the decking for a cup of coffee after the race! The race itself attracted 22 riders (though one poor soul punctured before starting). A cracking evening saw some fine times, notably Jason Gurney’s winning ride of 22:34.

For my part, I was quite pleased with 24:36, though I slipped back in the placings! I didn’t really suffer from the coughing while out on the course, though I could feel a horrid rattling sensation in my chest throughout the race.

It was good to see that we had several riders from Team Corley – some of who had been at the “Come and Try It” event a few weeks earlier, but some were riding for the first time.

Result

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 4 Jason Gurney Arbis/Colbert Cycles RT 22.34 V45 26.23 .+ 3.49 1
2 10 Richard Golding Equipe Velo 23.37 V46 26.27 .+ 2.50 2
3 21 Steve Torley TeamMK 23.49 Sen.
4 9 Simon Moss Equipe Velo 23.53 V41 26.04 .+ 2.11 4
5 17 Robert Saunders NBRC 24.36 V55 27.09 .+ 2.33 3
6 7 Ant Smith TeamMK 25.12 Sen.
7 2 Mick Atkinson TeamMK 25.19 V46 26.27 .+ 1.08 5
8 15 Alan Crane ChronosRT 25.25 V46 26.27 .+ 1.03 7
9 18 Andy Wickham NBRC 25.28 V44 26.18 .+ 0.50 8
10 13 Andy Sharpe Unattached 26.07 Sen.
11 3 Andy M.Smith TeamMK 26.13 V57 27.20 .+ 1.07 6
12 16 Ian Markham ChronosRT 27.23 V45 26.23 .- 1.00 10
13 22 Grame Freestone-King 45 Road Club 28.02 V50 26.45 .- 1.17 12
14 11 Paul Woodham Bossard Wheelers CC 28.09 V63 27.59 .- 0.10 9
15 8 Glenn McMenamin Equipe Velo 29.58 V43 26.13 .- 3.45 13
16 6 Matt Holland Club Corley 29.59 Sen.
17 19 Helene Wighs Club Corley 30.07 LV52 29.03 .- 1.04 11
18 12 Yvonne Raw Club Corley 32.38 LV44 28.29 .- 4.09 14
19 20 Stephen Mayes Club Corley 33.11 V51 26.50 .- 6.21 16
20 1 John Pick ChronosRT 35.22 V70 29.02 .- 6.20 15
21 14 Dave Crane ChronosRT 37.38 V50 26.45 .- 10.53 17
5 Jason Lee TeamMK DNS V46 26.27