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) lancewoodman.co.uk) 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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