TT News – 27/28 March *UPDATED*

These are the results I have so far for this week’s time trialling. If you have any more, please let me know either by email (lance (at) or by using the comment facility here.

Saturday: Ian Piper writes: “After seven years of no racing I got talked into riding the Minehead CC Hardriders 26 Mile TT as I have been putting in a few miles in preparation for a weeks cycling in Mallorca in April. The end result was better than anticipated. The winner was Andy Winterbottom (Somerset RC/Bike Chain) with 1:13:56. My time was 1:20:31 which gave me 5th overall, 3rd vet on actual and it would have been 3rd vet on standard if there had been a standard category.”

“The time looks very very slow to say the least but when they say Hardriders around here they mean it. The course was 2 laps of a 13 mile circuit with a 1 in 8 climb followed by a 2 mile drag, a long twisty descent and then a 4 mile climb which finished as 1 in 10 at the top and a few ups and downs to join the major hills together. To put the course into perspective the first two riders who did a 1:13:56 and a 1:15:04 did a 52 and 53 minute 25 miles TT times last year respectively.”

Meanwhile Simon Wicks and I drove down to beautiful Bentley to try out the H10/8 course in a Farnham RC 10 mile club event. On a dry and fairly still day 27 solo riders and a tandem finished with Xavier Disley (…a3crg) fastest on a 22:06. Simon continued his barnstorming season with a personal best of 24:27 to take 7th place. I settled for a more modest 26:31 and 14th.

Sunday: It was a cool morning at gorgeous Great Missenden for the VTTA (London and Home Counties) ’10’. Malcolm Woolsey (Westerley CC) was fastest on the day with a 23:10. Peter Cookson opened his season’s account with a 27:36 (+1:58 on vets standard). Chris James backed Peter up with a 28:53 (+1:37) to help win the two person team prize on standard. Congratulation, guys. I came home with a 27:14 (+0:32). 22 riders finished.

Lance Woodman

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