This event was on the F2D/10, and had a full field, with 17 women and two mixed tandems. The women all started as a block near the start of the event. NBRC had three riders on the startsheet: David Price and Debbie Vanner had also entered, though David DNS’d due to a bad cold. I went over with Katja, who was to start some 77 minutes before me.
It was a bit breezy with a stiff breeze that made the outbound leg much quicker than the return. To add insult to injury, the middle of the field were caught in a nasty rain squall with significantly tougher wind. I could barely steer the bike while warming up. Fortunately the A428 has decently high embankments either side which offer some shelter. I had a clear run through, particularly at the turn, which is really quite good – you can see it on the Garmin trace. The only traffic issues were right after the start – you head west on the old A428 and turn sharp left at the roundabout to go down the sliproad to the A428. There was a learner driver being quite cautious, with a lorry and another car behind them. I don’t suppose it caused too much delay, but it always feels like it does. And no doubt the learner driver was being a bit anxious about all the TT bikes wobbling around.
As expected, the outbound leg was really quick, and the return a fair bit slower. The trispoke was a bit of a handful at times with the headwind on the return leg. The finish is a bit annoying, because you have to go up the sliproad, turn left at a RAB and finish a little way down the road. Last time I rode this course I got stopped at the RAB in a big gear – this year I had no trouble.
I was tied in 18th place with 22:18 judging from the provisional results posted online. Debbie finished in 26:26. Katja won the women’s prize with 23:19, 38th place overall.
Here are the top 20 finishers:
|1||Simon Norman||110||Bedfordshire Road CC||00:20:02|
|2||John Mulvey||101||Cambridge University CC||00:20:32|
|3||David McGaw||90||Cambridge CC||00:20:34|
|4||Carl Whitwell||100||St Ives CC||00:20:37|
|5||Tom Trimble||70||CC Ashwell||00:20:44|
|6||John Gull||71||Expresso Library||00:20:46|
|7||Oliver Milk||25||Tri-Anglia Triathlon Club||00:20:57|
|8||Matthew Eley||115||Ely & District CC||00:21:16|
|9||William Smith||60||CC Ashwell||00:21:29|
|10||Ken Platts||105||Cambridge CC||00:21:38|
|11||Andy Whale||65||CC Ashwell||00:21:41|
|12||Ian Short||112||API – Metrow||00:21:47|
|13||Matt Meek||72||Cambridge University CC||00:21:48|
|14||Neil Wood||102||Did Deep Coaching||00:21:53|
|15||Rory Havis||85||St Ives CC||00:22:00|
|16||Tim Davies||75||Icknield RC||00:22:10|
|17||Hugo Hocknell||106||Team Salesengine.co.uk||00:22:14|
|18||Andrew Grant||27||Cambridge CC||00:22:18|
|19||Robert Saunders||97||North Bucks RC||00:22:18|
|20||Keith Dorling||77||Team Bottrill||00:22:26|