Simon Barfoot was the winner on a very hard night on the Gillingham 10 mile course. Simon has now secured enough points to win the GDW time trial championship for 2012 so a massive congratulations to him.
The wind conditions meant that it was fast out to Mere but pretty slow thereafter, with Simon’s winning time only just under 25 minutes. A lot of the usual fast riders were absent so James Chant was able to finish second and Grahame Reed third.
Charles Daka somehow managed a huge pb improvement in spite of the headwinds for fourth, while Jenny Lucas also recorded her quickest time on the Wyke course. It was good to see some new faces out, the quickest of these riders was James Hawkins. Full results here
Paul Hopkins missed out on retaining his National mountain bike champion’s jersey, finishing second at Wasing recently. The top five riders had a real scrap through the race, which was eventually won by Lewis King (Beeline). Paul had a few spills on his way to second, with just eleven seconds covering Paul through to the fifth placed rider at the finish. Andy Parsons also got a good result in 19th. Emma Bradey was 15th of the 21 starters in the Elite women’s race.
Vince Hounsome smashed the hour barrier at the recent West DC 25 mile tt at Cirencester, finishing with 56.39, even though he had to stop for a while to get a marshal’s attention to check the direction he was meant to be taking. Stuart Kerton also got under 60 minutes with 59.30 on his fixed wheel bike, while Don Tanner did 61.58 and Alan Smith finished with 63.21. James Chant also got under an hour for a 25 miler recently, doing 58.49 at the Ross on Wye CC event at Usk.
Chris Mullett has recorded pbs on lots of course this season and at the Yeovil CC club 10 on Thursday set a new 10 mile distance pb of 24.23. On the same night at the TLI road race at Moreton, the groups came together towards the end of the race for a sprint finish. A tractor entering the course disturbed the finish somewhat, with the front riders diving through but Paul Hopkins was fifth, Josh Day just behind in sixth, Kim Little in eighth and James Chant 16th.
Finally, congratulations to Josh Day who scored his first ever race win on Monday at the Army CU 3/4 Cat race at Ludgershall.