At a wet and misty Poole Wheelers Open 10 mile time trial, the riders had to contend with a diesel spill over the usually very fast half mile. This made the first roundabout a bit tricky but fortunately the large field made it round without any mishaps. In-form Julian Chown was the fastest GDW rider in 23rd place with 22.07, a new 10 mile pb for him. James Chant also recorded a new 10 mile pb, getting home in 23.25, a time which exactly matched Vince Hounsome’s. Vince and James were placed equal 46th. Don Tanner finished with 24.59 in 60th and Chris Mullett was 69th with 25.35. Overall winnner was Chris Ball (Sigma Sport/Specialized) with an astonishing 18.51. Photos available to view here
French guest rider Yvon Momboisse (UC Aurillac) has been competing in some crit races during a brief return home to France. He has finished third twice and then took his first road race win last week in the town of Cantal. He will be back in England soon and says he is intending to beat us all at the next hillclimb!
The off-road riders have been in action again, the Southern XC series continuing at Alton in Hampshire. This was the final round of 2010. Paul Hopkins (Merida UK) took yet another Vets win, a little closer this time with Paul in second place after the first lap but eventually coming home with a thirty second gap to the second placed rider. Paul has ended the series the clear winner of the 2010 championship, winning four of the five events and takling second in the other. Andy Parsons (Offcamber) was 11th at Alton, leaving him in 9th place overall for the series. Emma Bradley (Torq Development) led the Masters Women race for two laps but was passed on the third and final lap to come home second on the day and second in the championship.