After 19 weeks this was the final TT of the SNCC season and it was great to see 28 riders at the start line ready to push themselves around the challenging 11.2 mile Abbotsley course. Conditions were dry and the wind was still, however looking at some of the riders you would have thought that winter was pending with bobble hats and over jackets on display to help them keep warm.
N.B Next TT – Thursday 31st August: Sign on 6.45 (at the latest) for a 7.00 pm start - let’s have a good turnout for the last TT as it is a long time until April 2018.
The penultimate TT of the 2017 season was enjoyed by 25 riders gathering at the start line on the 11.2 mile Abbotsley course.
N.B Next TT – Thursday 24th August: Sign on 6.45 (at the latest) for a 7.00 pm start
TT Results for 17th August 2017
With only 2 TTs left in the 2017 season we welcomed 22 riders ready to test themselves on the challenging 11.2 mile Abottsley course. Conditions were dry but overcast at the start for the riders, and congratulations to James, Simon and Paul for posting the only PBs on the night.
A much improved evening for the 19 riders ready to start at the 16th SNCC TT of the 2017 season. A still evening with a slight breeze on the riders' backs up to the golf course turn resulted in 4 PBs being posted by Simon, Dave S, Norman and Craig and congratulations to Craig for his first sub 30 minute TT. Fastest home this evening with a time of 27:10 was our formidable 65 year old farmer Pat Ellerbeck fresh from his recent sub 1 hour 25 mile TT’s followed by David and Karl in second and third place.
It has been another busy couple of weeks for the for the time trialists in the club. The main event was the Interclub 10-mile TT held at Marston Moretaine. The Interclub competition is a series of 5 TTs held throughout the year in which St Neots CC, Beds Road Club, Icknield Road Club, CC Ashwell and Hitchin Nomads compete. The fastest 8 riders from each club earn points, and the club with the most points at the end of the series wins overall.
A mixture of the holiday season and some very strong winds saw only ten riders prepared to take on the 11.2 mile TT course this evening.
Well done to the brave ten foolhardy or brave souls who came out to challenge themselves on the 11.2 mile course. It is an unforgiving course in the wind and only one club rider was within a minute of their PB this evening – Craig McDonald. First home was one of our regular guest riders , Kevin Stokes who was only eleven seconds from his best time of the 2017 season followed by Pat Ellerbeck in second place with David Lindsay third fastest on the night.
We were missing a few of the regular riders this evening despite the conditions being reasonable for the 14th TT of the season. Only 17 riders to take on the 11.2 mile SNCC TT course and whilst the rain threatened for a while it passed over allowing the riders to enjoy the course in dry conditions.
Below is a summary and catch up of the results for the past 3 weeks including an updated Handicap Table.
There have been some notable rides during this period. Nic Pillinger went sub 25 minutes for the first time and then improved on that time. Hugh Walton is in excellent form with 3 consecutive PBs and Craig MacDonald is not far behind with two consecutive PBs.
Sunday saw the third event in the local interclub competition, a 25 mile event hosted by Ashwell CC and held over two lap and a bit laps of the testing Guilden Morden course.
With St Neots sitting third in the table and Beds Road CC in our sights we hoped to take advantage of any slip ups . Conditions suggested a helpful tailwind on the outward leg leading to the inevitable headwind on the return and it proved right, though the hedgerows offered some shelter.
Correction to tables below: Thanks to Mark for spotting my mistakes from the TT results from last week, the following times were sent over incorrectly, although were correct on the night:
Dave Salmon should be: 31:55, moving him down below Geoff, Simon and Dave Wilson; and Dave Lindsay should be: 26:33.
It was a gorgeous night for the 23 riders that came out to put themselves through the fun/agony of the 11.2 mile TT course. It was nice to see Robin and Lynette who joined us for the first time this season, and it was good to see Ruth back after her knee op.