Some on-course traffic lights unfortunately meant that last night’s Bruton time trial had to be run on a shortened course, the 21 riders missing out on the usual opening climb and starting from just after the Stoney Stoke junction.
Visiting rider Paul Caton, from Welwyn Wheelers, set the fastest time of 38.12 to win, an impressive effort given that he didn’t know the course. Nigel Brown was the fastest GDW rider and increased his championship lead with a time of 39.13. Kim Little was next up, heading home a group of closely-matched times.
A second group of close riders were headed by Andy Parsons in 10th, just ahead of Troy Woolacott, Dave Cox and Alex Hookins.
Josh Day took another junior win and Jane Pritchard beat Emma Bradley to set the quickest women’s time.
Photos by Charles Rees here
Four Gillingham riders took part in last weekend’s Frome and District Wheelers Open 10 mile tt. This was run on a new, ‘fast’ course on the Frome bypass, which the organisers and large entry of riders had hoped would see some quick times. Sadly, the weather had other plans and the high winds and rain led to 28 non-starters. The competitors who did turn up had to treat the several roundabouts with caution, although the later starters definitely had the best of the conditions as a dry line began to appear.
Simon Rouse did well for 14th overall with a time of 24.08, with Grahame Reed 19th (25.14), Alan Smith 23rd (25.54) and John Phillips in 32nd with 27.01. John was very pleased with his time, his second fastest time for a 10. Bath CC’s Rob Pears was the winner with 20.08.
James Chant was the sole Wheeler at the latest EDCA time trial on Sunday, a 32 mile tt round the New Forest which attracted a number of strong riders. After a spot of confusion with a marshal which led to James briefly going the wrong way, he was 20th with a time of 1 hour 26.32. Stephen Whitewick (UTAG-Yamaha) broke the course record with 1.11.15, despite having to battle against the high winds that seem to have been blowing throughout May. Multiple National Champion Julia Shaw (Drag2Zero) was the quickest lady rider with 1.16.57.