Congratulations to the 65-strong field who rode in tonight’s time trial on the H10/3R course (which, for those not familiar with the course codes, starts on the A4 near Hungerford, goes all the way up to the B4000/A34/A4 roundabout - and then all the way back again!).
We once again welcomed some of the country’s best time triallers (yes, that’s the lot who cycled over from Didcot) as well as many who were riding a time trial for the first time ever (particular mention to Ellie Harwood who was riding her first ever cycle event today and narrowly missed going under 30 mins on her first time out!!).
First Newbury Velo rider tonight was Tom Meir who did a stonking 23:27 old skool style on his road bike (no aero bars!). Rhian Salmon was first Newbury Velo female in an excellent time of 29:40.
The fastest solo rider tonight was once again Henry Latimer (Didcot Phoenix CC) who breezed round at over 30mph to cross the line in 19:51. Second place went to clubmate Richard Gildea (20:44) whilst Mark Jones (Drag2Zero) took third in 20:48.
Amongst the ladies, Laura Pittard (Team Vision Innovative Leisure) took first place in a fast time of 23:38, with Niamh Murphy (LIV Halo) taking second place in 26:06. Freya Eccleston (PPV) took third place in 26:59.
It should be mentioned that both Niamh and Freya are junior riders which makes their performances even more impressive. In fact, all tonight’s junior riders put on a strong show: Sophie Quay-Clark (PPV) crossed the line in 27:39 and Owen Abery (OnForm) in 25:50.
Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott were fastest machine overall on their tandem in 19:38.
However, today couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the top team of Newbury Velo helpers. Jaymi Dooley once again did her awesome work in the “signing on” process (or “stealing watts whilst taking temperatures” 🌡) and Anthony Hackett who also assisted at sign on and made sure people parked where they were meant to 🚗 🚗 🚗. Louise Barham made sure all riders were ready to start 📣 (giving very clear instructions) and Morgan Jones was the faultless start timer ⏱ . At the finish was race organiser Glen Knight who did a great job ⏱ - as well as ensuring we maintained good cyclist/farmer relations with the farmer working in the field by the start 👩🌾 🚴🏼♀️. Craig Gardner was a very diligent assistant and made sure Glen didn’t miss any riders 📝.
Thank you once again to the Haworths who were fabulous behind their cameras again 📸 📸 .