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Stony ‘11.4’  F5u/10 course description

The BBC website rather gloomily predicted light showers this morning – rather fortunately after a brief shower just after 7am, the morning was fine, with some sunny spells, which was nice.  I warmed up by riding over to Stony Stratford.  At that time of day the traffic was pretty light, and it was quite pleasant, despite riding on the main MK grid roads.  I signed on as number 8 and had a quick spin up and down the opening mile or so of the course.  By the time I started, i was feeling a little chilly, so I was quite pleased to get started.  Unfortunately, the tough outward leg which climbs up through Beachampton to Nash was made a little harder still by a nagging headwind, and as I approached Beachampton I had a feeling of regret that I’d even started!  I was, however, motivated by the presence 1 minute behind me of the 2-up pairing of Leigh and Wayne – despite their being on road bikes rather than time trial bikes, I was concerned they might catch me.

On the climb to Nash I was finding that my rear wheel was spinning slightly on the damp tarmac when I  was making out of the saddle efforts.  This was a little worrying given the speed I was likely to be making on the return leg descent.  I always pass through Nash quite tired from the climbs and find it quite difficult to pick up the pace on the relatively level section to the turn, and today was no exception.  But once round the turn, I felt really much better, topping 40mph in 55×11 at times on the descents.  The final section between Beachampton and Stony was a little wind-assisted, which was rather nice, and I roared past the finish timekeeper in 28:22, which isn’t a bad time for such a tough course at this point of the season.

Result of the NBRC Time Trial held on Saturday 4th of March 2009

Course:- F5u/10 (Stony Stratford)

Pos

No

Name

Club

Time

Cat

Vets Std

.+ / –

Pos. Vets Std

1

21

Ian Marshall

TeamMK

28.03

V40

29.20

.+ 1.17

3

2

13

Chris Dunwoodie

TeamMK

28.09

S

3

8

Rob Saunders

NBRC

28.22

V49

31.26

.+ 3.04

2

4

12

Lindz Barral

i-team CC

28.32

S

5

7

Gordon Spencer

TeamMK

29.26

S

6

6

Matthew Barton

TeamMK

29.43

V40

29.20

.- 0.23

5

7

15

John Buchanan

NBRC

29.53

S

8

2

Darren Haydon

NBRC

30.09

S

9

22

Geoff Perry

TeamMK

30.38

V49

31.26

.+ 0.48

4

10

11

Gareth Richards

Roy Pink Cycles RT

30.58

S

11

18

Michael Smith

TeamMK

31.10

S

12

14

Richard Golding

TeamMK

31.31

V40

29.20

.- 2.11

7

13

5

Chris Hartley

NBRC

32.21

V51

31.56

.- 0.25

6

14

3

Yvonne Gurney

TeamMK

32.39

L

15

20

Gilbert Wheelwright

NBRC

32.51

V66

35.56

.+ 3.05

1

16

1

Alan Lawson

NBRC

34.49

V40

29.20

.- 5.29

8

17

19

Katherine Dilks

NBRC

34.51

L

18

17

Leah Williams

TeamMK

35.10

L

19

4

Tony Brunton

NBRC

36.07

V44

30.15

.- 5.52

9

20

16

Mike Fitsell

TeamMK

38.16

V46

30.43

.- 7.33

10

Two Up Team TT Result :-

10

Wayne Maquire

Alpha RC/Phil Corley Cycles

29.20

9

Leigh Smith

Alpha RC/Phil Corley Cycles

Time keepers :- Mary Hartley, Steph Norris & Tony Farmborough (NBRC); Pusher off :- Bryan Scarborough. (NBRC)