HWCC Evening Time Trial 21st July 2020. Longwick 10 course.
Last Tuesday saw the second evening time trial in the Club’s revamped evening programme. Word had clearly got round and 47 riders signed up beforehand and even with a few no shows 39 riders took to the start line. The course used was the same as the previous week so some time comparisons are possible. For most competitors the evening brought much better race conditions. But, as long established Longwick competitors know, the banana shaped Longwick to Thame course can create some funny old wind conditions. An outstanding feature of the night was the quality of the field at the top end as the event was blessed with the appearance of some big hitters. Notable amongst them being 2019 National Juvenile 10 mile Champion Charlie Bailey of Lee Valley Youth CC and our very own Rob Walker who now rides for Cambridge University CC in open events. Being the start timekeeper, I did not see any action out on the course, but clearly a battle royal was unfolding between these two high performing protagonists. The result just went in favour of Charlie who finished in an incredibly fast time for Longwick of 20.20, with Rob finishing just 8 seconds slower in 20.28. The youth were clearly having the best of the evening as the top two were followed by no less than four 21 minute rides by younger riders. Six rides inside 22 minutes is almost certainly a record for the course. Another stand out ride was the stunning performance of 22.31 by 15 year old Cormac Nisbet who looked seriously mean and rock steady as he sped past the start point on his way to Thame. Another rider quietly turning in high performance rides is 17 year Adam Charleston whose 21.54 on the night sends out some very serious warnings. And last weeks winner Dan Shoobridge turned in another high quality ride of 21.50 and still on a road bike, but he had to give way this week to the aero slippery TT bike riders.
Fastest woman on the night was Kimberly Picket from Bicester Millenium CC in a very creditable 26.04 followed up by another of our NHS heroes and surgeon Jo Gundle with a impressive 26.37. Also notable was Tracy Taylor’s ride just inside 30 minutes with 29.25 with, hard on her heels, 59 years young Jo Cheese with 29.37. Another vet quietly sneaking up the rankings is Dave Yates who turned in with 25.10 with a warning of more to come.
No-one can deny the evening was buzzing. The euphoria of many fast times meant the post race chat was alive and palpable. And many riders must have gone home feeling very proud of their rides with justification. But one serious downside of the night was the lack of social distancing around the signing on area. A complete contrast to the previous week. It could mean restricting numbers in future weeks or having clearly marked pathways. The Committee will debate this and adjust the event rules accordingly.
Veterans on Standard
1st Bob Lambert +5:33 £15
2nd Jeff Roberts +4:47 £10
3rd Phil Porteous +4:41 £5
1st Charlie Bailey 20:20 £10
1st Rob Walker 20:28 £15
No prize awarded as insufficient qualifying riders.