In what appears to be an unspoken tradition for the first David Gudgen 25 of the season, the race was contested in monsoon style rain. There was still a good turnout of riders with 14 signing on to compete, but everyone soon regretted their decision to ride as they were pummeled with hail just 10 minutes before the clocks started. Still the show must go on……..
First home for the Nomads was James Gomm who set his best time on the course despite the conditions. Jon Traynor edged out David Rickells by just 24 seconds to take 2nd and 3rd places respectively. David set the fastest time of the night on a standard road bike with no aero equipment with a very respectable 1:10:47.
Gomm set set the fastest time of the night, narrowly edging out Twenty3c.cu.uk’s Lindz Barral by just 4 seconds.
Things were heating up in the battle of the Riley’s with both riders sporting new deep section aero wheels, but it was Paul who edged out Oscar by 40 seconds, taking revenge for Oscar’s victory in the Briercliffe 10 last time the two met.
It wasn’t just the riders who suffered on the night, the numbers required a little T.L.C the next morning as well….
A massive thanks goes to Frank Turner and Meli Fletcher for time keeping, Nigel Wilson for a cameo time keeping appearance at the finish, and Simon Young for pushing off, all three braving the weather to ensure the event still went ahead.
Next week it’s back to the Briercliffe 10.
James Gomm – 1:04:28, Jon Traynor – 1:10:24, David Rickells – 1:10:47, Paul Riley – 1:13:52, Oscar Riley – 1:14:32, Steve Smith – 1:20:57, Mark Collins – DNF (puncture), Nick Hickman – DNF
Lindz Barral (Twenty3c.co.uk) – 1:04:32, N Chatman (Un) – 1:14:34, S Green (Un) – 1:18:21, N Davis (Un) – 1:18:58, M Penny (Un) – 1:29:42, Peter Gell (BRCC) – DNS