18 riders headed to Mere last night for the intense blast up the Mere Hollow hillclimb. It was as bad as ever, with the weather not helping matters leaving the road awash with flowing water.
Kim Little was the winner, just three seconds ahead of James Hywel-Davies with Jay Hookins around 40 seconds behind them. Adrian Riddlestone did well on his first go at the event while another first timer, Dan Riggs, got to see his dinner again just after finishing. Junior rider Maddie Howden set a pb time.Jane Pritchard narrowly beat Sarah Wheeler by two seconds, with Lynn Broom going well behind them.
There have been several GDW riders taking part in events further afield. Kim Little has been pairing up for some team time trials, joining James Horton at the recent Bournemouth Arrow 10 mile tt at Ringwood. They were very fast, finishing in 21.07 for second place behind the Andover Wheelers team of Max Webber and Simon Healey (20.59). James Chant and Sarah Wheeler were also competing and were really pleased with their time of 25.10.
Kim’s other two up event was the 20kms hilly TLI time trial near Stockbridge. He and Paul Hopkins set a new course record of 27.08, just about beating Primera’s Ben Keightley and James Horton by just two seconds. Chris Mullett and James Chant got held up by a car doing a three point turn in one of the lanes but were working well together and finished in 32.30.
As well as the two ups, Kim took part in a solo 10 mile tt on the Ringwood course, taking a clear win with a time of 22.43. Another GDW rider in 10 mile action was Paul Cooke. Paul was riding the Upton bypass course near Poole and raced round in 21.23 for 10th overall and a new pb time.
Yeovil CC have got their end of season 5 mile tts underway now (just one more remaining on the 8th). This week’s very windy event was run under non-aero rules, with Daisy Davies getting round in 14.10 and James Chant in 13.07.