A much improved evening for the 19 riders ready to start at the 16th SNCC TT of the 2017 season. A still evening with a slight breeze on the riders' backs up to the golf course turn resulted in 4 PBs being posted by Simon, Dave S, Norman and Craig and congratulations to Craig for his first sub 30 minute TT. Fastest home this evening with a time of 27:10 was our formidable 65 year old farmer Pat Ellerbeck fresh from his recent sub 1 hour 25 mile TT’s followed by David and Karl in second and third place.
It has been another busy couple of weeks for the for the time trialists in the club. The main event was the Interclub 10-mile TT held at Marston Moretaine. The Interclub competition is a series of 5 TTs held throughout the year in which St Neots CC, Beds Road Club, Icknield Road Club, CC Ashwell and Hitchin Nomads compete. The fastest 8 riders from each club earn points, and the club with the most points at the end of the series wins overall.
A mixture of the holiday season and some very strong winds saw only ten riders prepared to take on the 11.2 mile TT course this evening.
Well done to the brave ten foolhardy or brave souls who came out to challenge themselves on the 11.2 mile course. It is an unforgiving course in the wind and only one club rider was within a minute of their PB this evening – Craig McDonald. First home was one of our regular guest riders , Kevin Stokes who was only eleven seconds from his best time of the 2017 season followed by Pat Ellerbeck in second place with David Lindsay third fastest on the night.
We were missing a few of the regular riders this evening despite the conditions being reasonable for the 14th TT of the season. Only 17 riders to take on the 11.2 mile SNCC TT course and whilst the rain threatened for a while it passed over allowing the riders to enjoy the course in dry conditions.
Below is a summary and catch up of the results for the past 3 weeks including an updated Handicap Table.
There have been some notable rides during this period. Nic Pillinger went sub 25 minutes for the first time and then improved on that time. Hugh Walton is in excellent form with 3 consecutive PBs and Craig MacDonald is not far behind with two consecutive PBs.
Sunday saw the third event in the local interclub competition, a 25 mile event hosted by Ashwell CC and held over two lap and a bit laps of the testing Guilden Morden course.
With St Neots sitting third in the table and Beds Road CC in our sights we hoped to take advantage of any slip ups . Conditions suggested a helpful tailwind on the outward leg leading to the inevitable headwind on the return and it proved right, though the hedgerows offered some shelter.
Correction to tables below: Thanks to Mark for spotting my mistakes from the TT results from last week, the following times were sent over incorrectly, although were correct on the night:
Dave Salmon should be: 31:55, moving him down below Geoff, Simon and Dave Wilson; and Dave Lindsay should be: 26:33.
It was a gorgeous night for the 23 riders that came out to put themselves through the fun/agony of the 11.2 mile TT course. It was nice to see Robin and Lynette who joined us for the first time this season, and it was good to see Ruth back after her knee op.
Only 18 riders this evening to take on the 11.2 mile SNCC TT course and some excellent performances led by Sam McDonald who took 43 seconds from his PB to go sub 26 minutes for the first time.
There were 4 riders under 26 minutes this evening with Ian Turner just edging the fastest time against the old warrior Richard Hancock with Nic Pillinger not far behind the first two.
The weather portents in late afternoon may have deterred a few from attending the TT however the 23 riders who turned up at the start line for the 11.2 mile SNCC TT were rewarded with a pleasant evening and congratulations to the six riders who turned in PB’s on the night: Norman, Dave S, Craig, Hugh, Richard and Simon.
Richard Hancock a veteran of the SNCC TT for almost 20 years achieved a long held target of going sub-25 minutes for the first time and at the age of almost 50 this was achieved tonight. Well done and congratulations.
The 25 riders who were at the start line for the eighth SNCC TT of the season were pleased to see that the conditions were much more favourable than the previous week. The only possible blight on the evening was the strong wind especially up to the golf course turn which would make any PB hard earned on the 11.2 mile Abbotsley course.