Josh Day was fastest again tonight, the only rider to get under 24 minutes. Simon Barfoot was second just three seconds ahead of Charles Rees who put in a fast time in non-aero spec. Chris Mullett got round in a course pb. In the last couple of weeks Chris set course best times for the Bruton and Wyke courses, and outright pbs at both 10 and 25 miles – a rider in top form clearly!
Neil Mackinnon was second junior behind Josh while Jane Pritchard beat Jenny Lucas and Sarah Roberts to set the fastest women’s time.
Vince Hounsome competed at the latest EDCA event, the Wessex RC 50 mile tt from Poole to Bere Regis and back. Vince did really well in hard conditions, slightly quicker than last year with 2.04.18 which got him into the top 10 in 9th place. James Gilfillan (Contre la Montre) won with an astonishing 1.49.59, a really fast time on such a hilly course.
GDW would have won the team prize at the latest WTTA Hardrider tt, unfortunately the Westbury Wheelers event didn’t have a prize for fastest team! Nigel Brown was fastest GDW rider over the 23 mile hilly course in 14th with 59.50. James Chant did 1.01.36 for 19th, Grahame Reed was 34th with 1.06.07 while Chris Mullett was given a time of 1.08.07 – this was wrong, as confirmed by various sources but sadly the timekeepers didn’t think so. Chris’ actual time was a low 1.06.
Chris and James had a go at the East Devon crit on Monday night, held at the Dunkeswell Go-Kart circuit near Honiton. It was an incredibly tight track, with three sprints per lap and lots of pedal scraping form riders in the bends. Chris didn’t manage to get clipped in very smoothly at the start and was left behind along with one or two others. James was hanging off the back for the first ten minutes or so but gradually got into the race and worked his up into the top 10 at the finish.
Charles Rees and Josh Day were both at Stockbridge for the South Regional Road Race Championships on Sunday. It was a tough course with some big hills and fast opposition. Both hung in there for the bulk of their races but were ultimately non-finishers.