This was the first time the Brogborough ’10’ course had been used for an NBRC club event. The course was first used a few years ago when the new link road to the Bedford bypass was opened, thereby rendering the old A421 quite quiet. It features a gift start hill that doesn’t need to to raced back up. On the other hand, the road can be quite exposed, and the surface leaves a bit to be desired in places. The Marston Moretaine roundabout needs a bit of care on the outbound leg, because the exit lane doesn’t seem in line with the entry lane!
On the evening, the weather was fairly breezy – what wind there was provided a bit of side and a bit of tail wind going out – though there was enough crosswind to make things a bit twitchy at times.
I was number 17 in a field of 21, and as I lined up at the crest of the hill in the lea of a big articulated lorry, dark clouds were gathering as the temperature dropped. A few big raindrops fell, and I think we all felt a bit apprehensive!
I set off down the hill, feeling reasonably good. There were a few minor twitches due to the wind, but nothing alarming. The outbound leg had been widely expected to be roaring fast, but I guess the real direction of the wind was not going to allow that. At times my speed fell and rose for seemingly inexplicable reasons! I had no trouble with traffic at the first pass through the Marston roundabout and only got slowed slightly at the turn roundabout. I had Andy Wickham in my sights by this time, and on the return leg used him as a target (I eventually passed him shortly before the finish).
In the return leg, my speed seemed to fluctuate quite a bit, but by dint of keeping in a quite big gear, I kept things rolling well enough. The last half mile seemed absolute torture to me! I finished in 22:30 to take second place behind Jez, who did a splendid 21:11.
|Pos||No||Name||Club||Time||Cat||Vets Std||.+ / –||Vets Std|
|1||4||Jez Honor||Equipe Velo||21.11||V44||26.18||.+ 5.07||1|
|2||17||Robert Saunders||NBRC||22.30||V55||27.09||.+ 4.39||2|
|3||12||Simon Moss||Equipe Velo||22.51||V41||26.04||.+ 3.13||4|
|4||21||Lindz Barral||Equipe Velo||23.02||Sen.|
|5||13||David Carrington||TeamMK||23.21||V49||26.41||.+ 3 20||3|
|6||6||James Barlow||Albarosa CC||23.28||Sen.|
|7||19||Alan Crane||Chronos RT||23.29||V46||26.27||.+ 2.58||6|
|8||16||Andy Wickham||NBRC||23.35||V44||26.18||.+ 2.43||9|
|9||8||Ant Newland||Bossard Wheelers CC||23.45||V49||26.41||.+ 2.56||7|
|10||3||Mick Atkinson||TeamMK||23.50||V46||26.27||.+ 2.37||10|
|11||11||Trevor Hook||TeamMK||24.34||V57||27.20||.+ 2.46||8|
|12||15||David Price||NBRC||24.52||V47||26.32||.+ 1.40||12|
|13||9||Paul Woodham||Bossard Wheelers CC||24.58||V63||27.59||.+ 3.01||5|
|14||18||Ian Markham||Chronos RT||25.26||V46||26.27||.+ 1.01||14|
|15||7||Trevor Watson||Bossard Wheelers CC||26.07||V56||27.14||.+ 1.07||13|
|16||14||Ross Andrew Callacher||Leighton Buzzard Roads CC||26.23||Sen.|
|17||2||Clive Faine||TeamMK / NBRC||26.26||V68||28.42||.+ 2.16||11|
|18||20||Luke Daniells||NBRC||27.06||V42||26.09||.- 0.57||15|
|19||10||Dave Crane||Chronos RT||33.41||V50||26.45||.- 6.56||16|
Katja Rietdorf (#5) didn’t finish. Timekeepers were Steph and Tony, with Dick doing the pushing off. Bryan, who’s hand was recovering from an operation was sort of general factotum and jacket curator.