Well, a bit of a change from the weekend’s racing – a lovely sunny and warm evening greeted us as we gathered for the NBRC’s club event on the Astwood circuit.  In actual fact it was the sort of evening that would have been rather pleasant to spend sitting in a pub garden sipping beer…but that was not to be as I lined up, yawning, to ride as #13 in this evening’s event.We had a good turnout of 18 riders plus a tandem pair – we even had a visiting rider, Emma from Gillingham & District Wheelers, who’d enquired about the event via the NBRC website.  Emma turned out on her mountain bike.  Other notable riders included the “legendary” Karlo Porter.  I say legendary because people where he and I work keep saying “You must know Karlo”, and because his club hill climb record for the Bow Brickhill course will be 20 years old next year.

The light wind was enough to take the edge of my speed as I headed off towards Chicheley, but once round the corner the speed picked up substantially and before I knew it I was approaching North Crawley. I was riding without speed most of the time as the GPS kept dropping connection. By this time I was feeling a little “dry”, but decided to hold off on drinking until the finish.

Once through Crawley, it was the usual scramble to get back up to speed, but I felt pretty much OK other than being a bit thirsty!  The final push up the climb to the finish was really tough as I was determined to catch #12 (Darren) – unfortunately I failed!

Tony took the honours, despite suffering a broken spoke on his from Zipp.  I was pretty pleased – according to Tony F.’s records, this is my fastest ride at Astwood since May 2006.

Pos. on
Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 10 Tony Parks NBRC 22.42 V45 26.30 .+ 3.48 4
2 19 Aaron McCaffrey AW Cycles.co.uk 22.49 V40 25.30 .+ 2.41 6
3 15 Will Hilton Virgin Active 23.06 S
4 13 Robert Saunders NBRC 23.21 V50 27.33 .+4.12 2
5 16 Chris Dunwoodie TeamMK 23.37 S
6 6 Brian Primett NBRC 24.01 V43 26.06 .+ 2.05 7
7 12 Darren Haydon NBRC 24.20 S
8 7 John Buchanan TeamMK 24.58 V40 25.30 .+ 0.32 11
9 8 Trevor Hook TeamMK 25.15 V52 27.59 .+ 2.44 5
10 14 Karlo Porter- Price Private 25.46 V46 26.42 .+ 0.56 9
11 4 Clive Faine TeamMK 26.12 V63 30.30 .+ 4.18 1
12 18 Richard Pratt Beds Roads CC 26.43 V51 27.46 .+ 1.03 8
13 17 Gilbert Wheelwright NBRC 27.26 V67 31.30 .+ 4.04 3
14 1 Alan Lawson NBRC 28.02 V42 25.54 .- 2.08 12
15 2 Eddy Page NBRC 28.36 S
16 9 Nick Crook NBRC 28.41 V59 29.34 .+ 0.53 10
17 5 Emma Bradley Gillingham & Dist. Whls. 31.38 L MTB
DNF 3 Chris White NBRC Off course L

Tandem Event :-
11 Kevin Stokes TeamMK 21.21 V47
Geoff Perry TeamMK V50

Time Keepers :- Steph Cousins & Tony Farmborough NBRC