Tonight saw the annual club 2-up TT on the Stadhampton CC118 course. Henry Latimer and Karla Boddy were the fastest pair on the night with a time of 22m05s, beating Neil Ashcroft and Mark Cox who set a time of 22m22s (all the two’s!). Team PhD (Ron Smith and Simon McGowan) beat Team Gildea (Richard Gildea and Oliver Gildea) by the narrowest of margins (1s) to third place with a time of 22m44s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
Richard Gildea was the fastest on a windy night with a time of 20m12s, with Harri James close behind in 2nd place with a time of 20m26s (a PB!), and James Barlow in 3rd place with a time of 21m38s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
A road closure affecting the planned Donkey Sanctuary course saw us return to last week’s Brightwell CC243a. Dr Neil Ashcroft was the fastest on the night with 22m58s, an improvement of 22s on last week, with Dr Anthony Atkin only 14s behind in 2nd place with a time of 23m12s. Dr Ron Smith was rounded up the trio of PhDs to take 3rd with a time of 23m50s. Mark Shoring was fastest road bike with 25m47s and 4th overall. Thanks to all TT helpers (including Dr Richard Gildea) and timekeepers.
James Barlow was the fastest of a hardy 10 riders that braved the recently “surface-dressed” Wallingford bypass, coming home in a time of 22m47s, with Neil Ashcroft in 2nd place with a time of 23m20s. Matt Lovelady (RAF CA) was fastest road bike (and 3rd overall) with a time of 24m16s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
June was another excellent month for our roadies, particularly our ladies.
Olivia Bentley led the charge by finishing runner up in two in successive Bovingdon Bomber circuit races. The latter of these came at the end of a 45 minute 2-up break, proving that brave early moves can – and do – stick. As if that wasn’t enough she made it a hot-trick of podiums by finishing 3rd in the next one to round-off a super month. Could a series win be on the cards?
Moving to Thruxton, high finishes by Olivia (4th) and Laura Pittard (3rd – another club podium!) secured them promotions to 2nd and 3rd cat respectively. In the same race, Clare Hoffman came 7th, her best ever result in a road race. Chapeau ladies!
Speaking of promotions, Grant Goodall gained promotion to 3rd cat at the very same circuit with a 9th place finish.
Now, Clare and her beau, Martin Stanley, are NOT competitive which is just as well as he won the VC10 cat 34 road race in Leighton Buzzard by going early in the uphill “sprint” (read “slog”) to the line and holding off the bunch. They may not be competitive but Stan’s thinly-veiled KFC reference in his “chicken dinner” Strava meme left readers under no illusions that Clare is the classier of the two…
Back at Dalton Barracks, a great team effort saw Harri James land 7th place from a competitive field of nearly 100. Anthony Atkin and Dan Atkins got into early breaks only to be pulled back. Simon Kelly chased down the only break where the club wasn’t represented and, once Harri had made the decisive move, his “rabble”, led by me and Dan, blockaded the front of the peloton, helping him to stay away.
Lastly it’s also great to see new roadies Jared Jedynowicz, Mark Shoring and Clive Seabrook having fun and mixing it up in the bunch. Keep it up guys!
Mark Cox (Fairly United CT) was fastest on the night and sets a new fastest time in the DPCC TT database for Fairmile with 20m 28s. 2nd home was Rich Gildea in 21m 25s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
What’s that? You did a big ride on Saturday and your legs are a bit sore? You’re new-ish to cycling and want a gentle introduction to group riding? Mark was taking off his jacket while riding and in the ensuing brouhaha you somehow sat on him, leaving you with niggling back issues? Fret no more, friends in Lycra. The Steady Sunday Roll-out is here.
On Sundays 18 June, 25 June, 2 July, 9 July, 23 July, and 13 Aug, Ron’s excellent club run will be complemented by lighter fare: a 35-miler with a cake stop and the aim of not getting terribly out of breath. Around 16 mph. Few hills. That sort of thing.
Meet at 9 am at Broadway, as usual, and we’ll see how we get on.
Another windy evening greeted the hardy bunch that tackled the Stadhampton course. Mark Cox (Fairly united CT) was the quickest on the evening with DPCC’s Harri James 2nd. Many thanks to all the helpers for running another smooth event.
Next week we return to Stadhampton for the Ben Owen Memorial Invitational TT.