HWCC Evening Time Trial 11th August 2020. Longwick 10.
The return of the evening series to the conventional Longwick to Thame course saw a very hot evening that suited some riders whilst others seemed to suffer in the heat.
In spite of the conditions the ride of the night clearly belonged to Ollie Hucks who sped round the course in an incredibly fast 19.41. This was only the third time that a sub 20 minute ride has been achieved on the course. Ollie joins multiple national time trial champion Stuart Dangerfield and former CoFidis professional David Millar, who both achieved nineteen minute rides in past years. Not to be outdone by his older brother, 19 years old Sam Hucks produced a very fast 20.49 to give the Hucks brother first and second places on the night. Third and fourth places went to two 17 year old juniors, Adam Charleston in 21.08 with Trainsharp Junior Hamish Forsythe just 2 seconds slower in 21.10. All four top places were achieved on time trial bikes.
Further down the field some of the series regulars were having either a good night or were struggling with the high temperatures. Amongst the ladies Helen Roby was clearly revelling in the conditions and nearly pulled off a 23 minute ride with her 24.04. Lantern rouge veteran lady Margaret Lambert improved her time nicely to 34.59. Amongst the Juveniles, 15 year Cormac Nisbet continues to show incredible almost clockwork like consistency with his 23.12 on the night compared to 23.11 and 23.06 in his two previous events. Amongst the vets Malcolm Freeman pulled off a strong ride to take the vets award on the evening with a vets standard of plus 4.28. Second vet on standard, Karl Alexander’s 5th placed time of 21.49 gave him first placed on a road bike and a vets standard of plus 3.33. Adam Charleston’s veteran father Dan achieved a nice improvement of a minute over his previous weeks time with a 22.59. In the middle of the field the competition was very hot and tightly packed with eleven vets all finishing within one minute of each other starting with Dan Charleston’s 22.59 and ending with Jeremy Crook in 23.50. Amongst the seniors, series organiser, Ben Nichol, continues to improve producing a 26.48 on the night and beginning to show something of his old form.
An innovative feature of the evening was sending riders off at 30 second intervals. This was done to allow more riders to participate on the evening with the light gradually fading. The formula worked very successfully, although it gave the time keepers some extra pressure both at the start and finish points. It allowed 44 riders to enjoy an evenings time trial.
1st Senior Men- Dan Shoobridge 21:50 - £15
1st Veteran - Malcolm Freeman +4.28 - £15
2nd Veteran - Karl Alexander +3.33 - £10
3rd Veteran - Guy Pethybridge +3.18
1st Junior - Adam Charleston 21:08 - £10
No Senior Ladies rode so no prize awarded
Full results and last race entry here.