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.

Results

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 6 Robert Saunders NBRC 28.10 V48 31.11 .+ 3.01 1
.= 14 Richard Wood TeamMK 28.10 S      
3 5 Andy Sharman TeamMK 28.15 S      
4 11 John Buchanan NBRC 29.30 S      
5 15 Lee Goodman TeamMK 29.40 S      
6 4 Brian Primett NBRC 31.00 V41 29.33 .- 1.27 5
7 9 Daren Haseldine TeamMK 31.22 V41 29.33 .-149 6
8 13 Paul Owen NBRC 31.49 S      
9 17 Lindz Barral TeamMK 31.57 S      
10 3 Chris Hartley NBRC 32.06 V51 31.56 .- 0.10 3
11 7 Ian Stokes NBRC 32.14 V48 31.11 .-1.03 4
12 8 Gibert Wheelwright NBRC 32.54 V65 35.39 .+ 2.45 2
13 12 Ed Page NBRC 33.35 S      
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
16 1 Alan Lawson NBRC 34.42 S      
17 2 Chris Parkes NBRC 37.44 V48 31.11 .- 6.33 9

Time Keepers :- Mary Hartley & Tony Farmborough NBRC

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