This event was the first in the North Bucks Road Club time trial league, and a designated ‘come and try it’ event.  As it turned out, we got a good turn out of at least 20 riders from local clubs, a few NBRC riders, but no new time triallists as far as I know.  It was slightly chilly as I rode over to Astwood, but nowhere near as cold as last week.  Lightly overcast, the sun was just trying to peep out from behind hazy clouds, and managing to warm the conditions up.  In fact the racing conditions seemed pretty similar to the previous two events.
After my last two events, I was needing the confidence boost of an improved time, but as I rode up to Astwood, I really had little enthusiasm for racing (partly due to the fact I was to race the Icknield RC hilly 30k the following morning).  Anyway, once I started I soon dropped into racing mode, and for a change found I was able to stay a little bit more focussed.  I had my pal and arch-nemesis Tony starting one minute behind me – given my present form and his recent Majorcan mileage, it was really a matter of when rather than if he would catch me.  This he did shortly after North Crawley and a little over two-thirds of the way round the course.

Ultimately I finished with 24:51 – still not great, but an improvement of 37 seconds on my last two rides on this course.  It was really good to see so many riders turn out for an event: it gave the impression we were all emerging from the long winter hibernation.

Here’s a map, with associated speed, heart rate and altitude traces (if you click the link).

And the results:

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std + / – Vets Std









1 8 Tim Carter Virgin Active 22.10 V45 26.30 +4.20 1
2 5 Campbell Noon TeamMK 22.57 V44 26.18 +3.21 4
3 14 Steve Torley TeamMK 23.24 S
4 13 Tony Parks NBRC 23.31 V46 26.42 +3.11 5
5 15 Jeremy Honor TeamMK 23.32 V40 25.30 +1.58 9
6 18 Richard Golding TeamMK 23.57 V42 25.54 +1.57 10
7 4 Ian Holmes Virgin Active 24.10 V42 25.54 +1.44 11
8 20 Mike Smith Team Corley 24.40 S
9 12 Robert Saunders NBRC 24.51 V51 27.46 +2.55 7
10 17 Geoff Perry TeamMK 24.54 V51 27.46 +2.52 8
11 11 R. Ashton TeamMK 25.22 V44 26.18 +0.56 12
12 9 John Buchanan TeamMK 25.59 V41 25.42 -0.17 14
13 16 Rich Connor TeamMK 26.04 S
14 2 Daren Haseldine TeamMK 26.12 V44 26.18 +0.06 13
15 10 Rob Chaundy TeamMK 26.35 V59 29.34 +2.59 6
16 19 Steve Abraham NBRC 26.38 S
17 1 Clive Faine TeamMK 26.53 V64 30.45 +3.52 3
18 6 Gilbert Wheelwright NBRC 27.44 V68 31.45 +4.01 2
19 7 Alex de Vries TeamMK 27.49 S
20 3 Ian Stokes NBRC 28.23 V51 27.46 -0.37 15