After the unpleasant conditions for last week’s time trial on the Astwood course, and the ensuing white knuckle ride home, I was a little apprehensive about this evening’s event. It’s a bit of a hike to ride out to Stony from work and then back home, and the forecast showers didn’t enthuse me. In the end, it was a delightful warm spring evening, sunny and with only a light breeze.
The out bound leg was pretty good, marred by my usual selection of too high a gear in the climb to Nash – when will I ever learn? This was despite my change from 57/46 rings to 53/39! I spotted Claire Stanton taking photos on the course (they are here). Once round the turn, I had a pretty clear run back. Unfortunately, I did get a bit held up by an excessively cautious 4×4 driver (such things do exist, it would seem) who was driving along behind Nathan. This was a bit annoying, as I was at that point gaining on Andy, who’d managed to get past Nathan.
Anyway that soon resolved itself after the driver plucked up the courage to pass Nathan. I finished in 27:31 for fourth place, and in 1st place on veteran standard. Full results at the NBRC website.