A wonderful sunny evening was in store last night for the 80 riders who signed up to our penultimate club time trial of the season on the H10/3A course. As time triallers, however, we all know that weather appearance can be deceptive and a stiff north westerly breeze meant it was a tough night.
With the fading light (*sniff*) riders were subjected to 30 second starts and, we have to say, everyone (riders and volunteers) meant this process ran as smooth as a warm knife through butter.
Amongst the 20-strong Newbury Velo contingent, it was Tom Meir who was fastest across the line, clocking a very impressive 22:16 for his first ride ever on a TT bike (and a borrowed one at that!). Jen Magill was first NV woman in 25:17.
First solo rider across the line last night overall was the supremely talented John Hale (WORX Factory Racing) in 20:29. John was over 30 seconds ahead of his nearest competition, Tom Lane (Atlas Clever Race Team) who finished in 21:07. Alan Murchison (Drag2Zero), still coming back from a terrible accident a few weeks ago, was third in 21:28.
Amongst the ladies, Laura Pittard (Team Vision Innovative Leisure) rode a hugely impressive 23:56 to take the honours, with the home rider Jen (mentioned above) in second. Leanne James (Didcot Phoenix CC) took third in 26:31.
Top male junior today was Joshua Knowles (Team Vision Innovative Leisure) in 22:56 with Niamh Murphy (Liv Halo) taking the female junior top spot in 27:28.
The tandem pair of Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott was the fastest machine of the night in 20:18.
Thanks to the masterful team of helpers tonight - Jaymi Dooley and Beckie Hamilton-Unwin on sign-on, Kevin Hurley and Louise Barham in the start area, Rhian Salmon as finish spotter, Morgan Jones on start timer and Glen Knight on finish timer (who also organised tonight’s event). On the cameras it was Glenn and Collette Haworth (although we noticed that Nigel Brown and Gemma Davies also sprung up on course and took some fantastic shots!).
In two weeks’ time, we are riding the course being used for the CTT National 10 (H10/3R) so we hope to see many of you there!