23rd May Time Trial
This was the fifth Time Trial of the 2013 St Neots Cycling Club series and clearly the rain showers and cold earlier in the day had deterred a few riders. However 16 were prepared to brave the elements on this cold evening.
We have now had 55 riders take part in the 2013 series so far this year which includes 9 guests, making it just under 50% of the current club membership who have signed on for the challenging 11.2 mile sportive course. If you have not given it a try (yet) then do come along.
This evening we welcomed Stuart West making his debut and as will be seen below he turned in a 28.50 which for a first ride on this course was an excellent performance. We also welcomed a new guest, Steve Torley from Milton Keynes, who with a 26.38 produced the 4th fastest time so far this year, and the fastest time of the evening.
Fastest club member of the evening was Chris Ritchie with 27.42 and only one second separated Adrian Taverna and Stuart West in the contest for 3rd and 4th spot. We were delighted to see the Stapleton sisters back contesting the TTs and chapeau to Jane for taking part only two days before her wedding. This was not to be a night for any PB’s as the cold seemed to permeate the legs and yet given the conditions, there were some very respectable times.
Our thanks to Keith Ritchie for stepping in to help Colin with the timekeeping duties in John’s absence.
Times and Placings
Maximum points available on the night was 14 (first time riders and guests are not included for Handicap Points) and these were taken by Chris Ritchie with a handicap time of 25.08 closely followed by Mr Consistency, Jon Keefe, who took 13 points and Adrian Taverna with 12 points. These points are keeping Jon at the top of the table by 10 points, however all it takes is a night with a large field and plenty of points up for grabs to alter the table and a few riders will be back in contention.
To remain a contender you need to be close to your PB on every ride and also deliver a few PB’s to keep the points coming your way.