I usually find the events on the club’s Stony Stratford course not to my liking – the course runs out via Beachampton and Nash to turn at a roundabout on the A421. The outward leg therefore has a fair bit of climbing and usually acquires a new set of potholes over each winter. In the event of roadworks or other interference in the course, we revert to a back-up course. In the backup course, riders bear left soon after the start and proceed via Calverton and Whaddon, to turn at the A421 (at a roundabout just along the road from the normal turn). The course retraces and finishes short of a give way junction. This is closer to 10 miles than the usual Stony course.

The replacement course is a bit more of a challenge in some ways, overall the road surface is atrocious, very rough and bumpy (though fortunately the road up towards Whaddon has been substantially repaired), and it has several sharp corners, spiced with numerous cars parked on the road.

On the evening, I just couldn’t get a sense of rhythm and found myself rattling and clattering around the course. I didn’t have any trouble, as one often does on this course, with people manoeuvring cars in and out of driveways. But I found myself riding very cautiously round the bends and past the parked cars.

On the return leg, I completely misjudged the short but very steep climb between Whaddon and Calverton, which really knocked the stuffing out of me! Altogether a rather unsatisfactory ride. Jez Honor showed the rest of us how to do it!

Results

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 11 Jez Honor Equipe Velo 25.06 V44 27.54 .+ 2.48 1
2 7 Trevor Hook TeamMK 27.30 V57 29.00 .+ 1.30 2
3 12 Robert Saunders NBRC 27.35 V55 28.48 .+ 1.13 3
4 4 Ant Smith TeamMK 28.11 Sen.
5 5 Mark Simmons Open University CC 28.52 V42 27.44 .- 1.08 8
6 3 Mick Atkinson TeamMK 28.53 V46 28.04 .- 0.49 4
7 13 David Price NBRC 29.00 V47 28.08 .- 0.52 6
8 10 Ant Newland Bossard Wheelers 29.09 V49 28.18 .- 0.51 5
9 2 Karlo Porter-Price Open University CC 29.48 V51 28.27 .- 1.21 9
10 8 Paul Woodham Bossard Wheelers 30.47 V63 29.41 .- 1.06 7
11 6 Finn Hanson TeamMK 30.50 V51 28.27 .- 2.23 10
12 9 Trevor Watson Bossard Wheelers 32.18 V56 28.54 .- 3.24 12
13 14 Wayne Thomas NBRC 32.58 V64 29.49 .- 3.09 11
14 15 Luke Daniells NBRC 33.23 V42 27.44 .- 5.39 13
15 1 John Pick Chronos RT 41.34 V70 30.49 .- 10.45 14

Timekeepers – Tony Farmborough and Bryan Scarborough.