Racing report – August Bank Holiday weekend

Saturday
Gill Reynolds rode the Victoria CC ‘10.2’ on the E1. It’s a slightly long, ‘country lanes’ course – not a drag strip. She did a 28:07. The winner was Alex Dowsett in an amazing 19:47.

At Hillingdon we had four riders in the 38 mile E123 event at the circuit. John Williams was gapped by an early crash and decided to save himself for the Monday race. Richie Jerome, Rich Cooper and Tom London all finished in the main group.

Sunday
Westerley CC organised two TTs over the Bank Holiday. The first was a ’25’ on the H25/2 course from Marlow. It was a cool and breezy day. Peter Dixon rode well for his 56:51 and 11th place. I did a 1:03:52. The winner was Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) in 51:57.

Monday
The Squadra Verde are riding the Kenton RC circuit races at Hillingdon – full results later.

** EDIT ** Jayne Paine won the women’s race from a quality field. On FB she said “[I won] £20 ! And a trophy! Terry Cronin circuit race at Hilingdon – not a bad field – 15 women. Charlotte Blackman, Emma Patterson, Natalie Hill, Maryka Semena… If the finish line had been 10 feet further away, I might have come last!”. Jayne explained her victorious training methods: “you need beer: we’re all on it in the Willesden. Our DS, Richard Jerome, insists we include it in our daily diets during race season. And pies.”

The other Squadra were at Marlow for the Westerley’s second event – a ’10’ on the H10/22. If anything the morning was even cooler than the day before. The breeze was a headwind coming back and almost negated the effect of the descents towards the finish. Peter Dixon was again fast with a 22:16 for fourth place. I did a 24:46, Gill Reynolds a 26:13 and Tony Flynn a 25:16. We were second fastest team. The winner was Peter Weir (Maidenhead and Dist CC) in 21:22.

Peter picked up second prize in the combined classification for both events, finishing with a time of 1:19:07 behind Dave Johnson’s (VC10) 1:18:17.

Coming up
Next Sunday is the West London Combine ’25’ on the HCC114 (Great Missenden). I’ll let you have the starting order as soon as I get it. A second breakfast at the Deep Mill Diner after the event?

Worrying about what to enter on the weekend of September 18/19? Missed the entry date for the Duo Normande (again)?

On Saturday there a ’25’ at Bentley (H25/8) organised by North Hants RC.

On the Sunday it’s the WCC John and Dulcie Walker road races at Great Milton, Oxfordshire. Contact Richie Jerome to offer to help.

Lance Woodman (TT Secretary)

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