High Wycombe CC Evening Time Trial 14th July 2020 Longwick 10 course .
The first evening 10 was clearly a most welcome return to ‘on the road’ competition and 30 intrepid riders turned up to put themselves to the test. Any concerns about social distancing in Longwick lay-by were soon dispelled as the signing on riders waiting for their start times went very smoothly. No doubt helped by the fact that the very hairy signing official in the guise of John Day looked like he was ready to pick a fight with anyone who eyeballed him or got out of line.
The finish times revealed a wide variety of outcomes with some riders such as Dan Shoobridge and Adam Charleston (TT bike) performing as though they’d not been away from competition. And Dan’s 21.56 on a road bike was most impressive. Some other riders looked more than a bit rusty, but they will doubtless get their wheels moving faster again over the next few weeks. Amongst some stand out rides were those of 13 and 15 year brothers Finn and Lee O’Brien who finished in 26.07 and 23.57 respectively. And folk agreed another stand out ride on the night was Spencer Hillier’s 25.30 after recovering from his very serious accident back last year. NHS front line medic Jamie Strachan looked impressively fit, but his secret was out - training to and from Milton Keynes several days a week.
It was good to see some evening TT faithfuls and supporters back in action again including Bob and Margaret Lambert who turned in some creditable times, with Bob sending a warning to other vets that on standard and on a TT bike at 75 years young he’s still the veteran to beat, although Pete Smith did finish in the same minute on standard. So some hot competition is expected in future weeks. Compulsory red lights were seen to be in operation on all bikes, but some were a bit dull as riders came back past the start time keepers and some were not even attached to the rider’s bikes. These riders must get this sorted for future events. The lights are required for a very good reason.
Everyone on hand clearly appreciated the work of the officials and especially Ben Nichol’s smooth organisation, expertly carried out by John Day, times keepers Carol Chapman, Gordon Wright and Dave Swan, roving official Nigel Croxford and marshals Ann Marie Benoy and Charlotte Eldridge-Baker. We all look forward to another good turn out next week.
Prize winners : (Road bikes only first night)
Vets times on road bikes
1st Adam Quilter £15.00 + 2.12
2nd Michael Garvey £10.00 +2.11
3rd Tim Penrose £5.00 +2.01
Seniors on a road bike.
First Dan Shoobridge £15.00 21.56
Senior ladies on a road bike.
No award – (requires three competing)
Juniors and Juveniles on a road bike.
Joe O’Brien £10 23.57.
Full results at Evening League Results
(Entry for the remaining events can be found here)