SNCC narrowly missed out on a team win for the second time in two weeks on Sunday. Having been just pipped for the team win at the Cambridge CC 25, a five strong team made their way over to the E1/25 course near Saffron Walden on Sunday to test themselves on one of the oldest TT courses in the country.
I‘ll remember this one as the first road race with more than one woman from St Neots CC. Chapeau to Ruth for taking the plunge! The bits I want to forget are the wind, the rain and the truly horrible tarmac.
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.
Hosted by CC Sudbury on the Bulmer course, this year’s womens race was a combined event for SE, Central and Eastern regions, and for juniors too.
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.
This was a cat 2/3/4 race on a gloriously sunny day and unusually short at 37 miles ... and I was humming ‘Easy like Sunday morning’ as I rumbled up a track into the stubble field that was our HQ. The rational side of my brain quietly pointed out that the quality of the start list suggested it was going to be anything but easy.
As we waited for the Commissaire’s briefing, the chatter was about Nicole Oh (just behind me on the start line) having won the National Masters Circuit Race yesterday. And on my left, a 4th cat, eyes wide at the calibre of riders assembled, was longing for 1 more point to reach 3rd cat.
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.