This was the last of the early season Saturday time trials organised by the North Bucks Road Club (the events now shift to Wednesday evenings), and the first of 2008 to be held on the Stony Stratford course F5v/10. In the version used by NBRC, this course is about 11.4 miles and is a sporting course. It’s also the furthest of our regular courses from my house, so I set off quite early, shortly after 7.30 am, in bright sunshine.
By the time I reached Stony, the temperature seemed to have dropped (eventually it snowed by Sunday morning), and the reasonably stiff breeze threatened the return leg. It was good to ride this course again – however some of the rougher sections seem to have deteriorated over the winter. In particular, the first sharp lefthander after Beachampton on the return leg has some nasty potholes. In the event,the outward leg was pretty uneventful, other than the line of cars parked juset before the turn (appeared to be parents unloading children for some unknown reason) – slightly worrying with oncoming traffic, and car doors pinging open and shut. All the riders seemed to get by OK. The return was quite a bit tougher than usual, due to the headwind, and I’m always a bit cautious about roaring downhill on slightly twisty roads (call me wimpy if you like, but I prefer to avoid bodily mangling).
I finished with 28:10, which was joint first. Overall, I felt reasonably good though my heart rate took a while to lift to expected levels.
|Pos||No||Name||Club||Time||Cat||Vets Std||.+ / –||Vets Std|
|1||6||Robert Saunders||NBRC||28.10||V48||31.11||.+ 3.01||1|
|6||4||Brian Primett||NBRC||31.00||V41||29.33||.- 1.27||5|
|10||3||Chris Hartley||NBRC||32.06||V51||31.56||.- 0.10||3|
|12||8||Gibert Wheelwright||NBRC||32.54||V65||35.39||.+ 2.45||2|
|14||10||Tracey Haseldine||TeamMK||34.35||LV40||31.11||.- 3.24||7|
|15||16||Tony Brunton||NBRC||34.36||V43||30.01||.- 4.35||8|
|17||2||Chris Parkes||NBRC||37.44||V48||31.11||.- 6.33||9|
Time Keepers :- Mary Hartley & Tony Farmborough NBRC
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