The final tt of the GDW season was held on the Todber course and was for 2-up teams. Luckily, an even number of riders turned up so 14 pairs took to the roads, helped along on the first leg by a North wind.  Regular pacesetter Paul Hopkins was joined by Julian Chown and they recorded a very fast time of 22.34 to win overall.  Charles Rees and Andy Hopkins also got under 23 minutes with 22.55 while visiting Chippenham Wheelers Rob Martin and his son Ashley were third on 24.59.  The finishing times were –

Paul Hopkins/Julian Chown        22.34
Charles Rees/Andy Hopkins      22.55
Rob Martin/Ashley Martin          24.59
Mark Geddes/Andy Parsons      25.33
Shaun Walsh/Mike Donovan      25.57
Nigel Brown/Tom Brown             26.27
Rob Gale/Grahame Reed           26.47
Julian Day/Josh Day                  27.36
Chris Mullett/John Phillips          28.09
Simon Rouse/Sarah Roberts      28.33
Simon Andrews/James Chant     28.44
Jame Pritchard/Will Edwards      29.09
Richard Hansford/Vic Hansford   32.26
Erin Martin/Claire Martin             33.03

As well as some prizes for the overall top three, there were also prizes for the top three on handicap, calculated from the course best time of slowest rider of each pair with the biggest improvement being the winner.  There were a number of on the night but it was Nigel Brown and son Tom who made the biggest improvement just one second ahead of Shaun Walsh (Yeovil CC) and Mike Donovan.  Sarah Roberts and Simon Rouse (Severn RC) were third.

Nigel Brown/Tom Brown             – 1 minute 45
Shaun Walsh/Mike Donovan       -1.44
Simon Rouse/Sarah Roberts       -1.38
Simon Andrews/James Chant     -1.13
Paul Hopkins/Julian Chown         – .43
Julian Day/Josh Day                   – .41
Rob Martin/Ashley Martin           – .41
Mark Geddes/Andy Parsons       – .38
Erin Martin/Claire Martin             – .25
Charles Rees/Andy Hopkins       – .20
Chris Mullett/John Phillips             0
Rob Gale/Grahame Reed            +.11
Jane Pritchard/Will Edwards       +.30
Richard Hansford/Vic Hansford    +7.37  (Vic’s first TT of the season!)

Next Wednesday is a hillclimb at Mere, 1830 start with the possibilty of another on the 23rd.