A very pleasant evening for the latest NBRC club event, over on the Stony Stratford course.  Following a few days for rainy weather, I chose to ride the trusty steel Cougar, which doesn’t let the rain and road spray into the inner reaches of the frame (also, the saddle is a little less rigid than that on my other TT bike).  In the event, the weather was really rather pleasant – sunny and warm.  Unfortunately, of course, it also became quite breezy during the day.

By the time I arrived to sign on, at about 6.30pm, there were quite a few people milling about: I started as #17.  I got ready then rode up towards Beachampton to evaluate how the breeze would be – sure enough, it seemed as though we’d get a stiff headwind for most of the outward leg, and in particular as far as  Beachampton.

After starting, I quickly got upto a decent speed, but after the first bend you reach an undulating rise, and on this occasion into a headwind, which quickly knockd the stuffing out of me a bit.  The trials and tribulations continued, as the toes of my right foot started cramping.  Fortunately this wore off after a couple of miles!  The climb through Nash was really quite hard, and it was a relief to reach the relatively flat section running up to the turn.

One might have expected the return leg to feature a bit less effort, but judging from my HRM reading, this didn’t seem to be the case, reaching 193bpm on a descent was a bit unexpected!  Mind you, I did notice a speed of 42.5mph at one point…

As usual, the last section between Beachampton and the finish at the outskirts of Stony Stratford was harder than expected – I finished in something like 28:20, which I wasn’t too pleased with.

I had a nice enough ride home, accompanied part of the way by Tony Parks (who as expected had done better than I had, but was worrying about his training and whether it focussed a bit too much on his lengthy daily commute).

Results

 

Pos

No

Rider

Club

Time

Cat

Vets Std

Plus/Minus

Vets Pos

1

12

Simon Cannings

TeamMK

26.20

S

 

 

 

2

20

Chris Dunwoodie

TeamMK

27.14

S

 

 

 

3

19

Ian Marshall

TeamMK

27.31

V40

29.20

1.49

6

4

13

Tony Parks

NBRC

27.35

V44

30.15

2.40

4

5

11

Lindz Barral

i-team cc

27.52

S

 

 

 

6

17

Robert Saunders

NBRC

28.18

V49

31.26

3.08

3

7

15

Matthew Barton

TeamMK

29.07

V40

29.20

0.13

8

8

21

John Buchanan

NBRC

29.12

S

 

 

 

9

16

Robert Chaundy

TeamMK

29.38

V57

33.28

3.50

2

10

22

Phil Sinnett

NBRC

29.49

S

 

 

 

11

14

Brian Primett

NBRC

30.38

V42

29.47

-0.51

10

12

7

Ian Stokes

NBRC

31.33

V49

31.26

-0.07

9

13

2

David Skeggs

NBRC

31.42

V40

29.20

-2.22

12

14

4

Gilbert Wheelwright

NBRC

32.03

V66

35.56

3.53

1

15

23

Alan Hambly

TeamMK

32.18

V46

30.43

-1.35

11

16

18

Gary Mann

TeamMK

32.26

V43

30.01

-2.25

13

17

1

Alan Lawson

NBRC

32.50

V40

29.20

-3.30

14

18

10

Katherine Dilks

NBRC

33.16

L

 

 

 

19

9

Nick Crook

NBRC

33.30

V58

33.44

0.14

7

20

3

Gordon Batcock

NBRC

33.54

V68

36.30

2.36

5

21

8

Tony Brunton

NBRC

34.08

V44

30.15

-3.53

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-up

5/6

Chris Hartley/Julian Hall

NBRC/Beds Road

30.26

V51/47