24 riders arrived this evening to test themselves against the challenging 11.2 mile Abbotsley course, and although conditions were dry, the wind was not doing the riders any favours, especially in the run up the hill to the golf course turn. First home in a time of 25:42 was Ian Turner followed by a first time guest rider, Alastair Luxford from Welwyn, with a 26:18 and taking third spot, one second ahead of Simon Rinaldo, was the consistent and competitive Keith Barton.
Conditions were far from ideal as 34 riders lined up at the start line to test themselves against the challenging 11.2 mile Abbotsley TT course. Many were huddling under any available hedge to keep themselves dry and others were seeking warm tops to prevent getting too cold and wet before the racing commenced.
First of all, chapeau to all 16 riders who braved the elements on Thursday to take part in the TT. Certainly at 6pm when the heavens were sending down torrents of rain, the prospects for the TT looked grim. However, although low cloud and rain and thunder in the air we decided to go ahead. The reward was that by 7pm the rain had abated and with minimal wind the conditions were almost ideal for an evening’s racing.
Ed Porteus, fresh from his recent 3rd place in the Tour of Cambridge TT (see below), making his 2016 SNCC TT, debut took 36 seconds from the club members' course record, previously held by Ian Turner, delivering a 24.06 time at almost 28 mph around the 11.2 mile Abbotsley course. Well done and congratulations to Ed and for how long will David McGraw (guest rider) hold onto the outright course record of 23:58 - or will it be beaten by the end of this season.
One of the best events I rode last year was the 9 Up Team Time Trial around Silverstone GP circuit organised by Bicester Millennium CC, so I was very keen for us to do it again.
22 riders turned up this evening ready to test themselves against the 11.2 mile Abbotsley course. Conditions had improved substantially over the previous week and the expectation was that a number of PBs would be achieved.
Ian Turner led the way home on a cold overcast evening for the 16 riders contesting the latest SNCC TT around the 11.2 mile Abbotsley course with a 25:37. Darren Preston making his 2016 debut was second with 26:41 and Nic Pillinger in third place with 27:35.
Veteran of the SNCC TT Richard Hancock, after missing the 2015 season, made a winning return to the podium securing a three second win over Course record holder Ian Turner also making his 2016 debut. Good to see Richard and Ian back on the Abbotsley track once again.
Having ridden road races in recent weeks I fancied a change of scene, so I chose this weekend to ride the Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club time trial advertised as 'The Hills of Truth'... it sounds right up my street. Not quite as hilly a time trial as the days Giro D'Italia stage but tough enough all the same.
I also managed to press gang Gareth Smith to enter.... he's a sucker for punishment.