Seven Nomads took to the start line for today’s (Sunday, 19 July 2015) CC Ashwell hosted, Interclub 25 mile time trial.
The F14/25 Guilden Morden circuit features two laps of the undulating roads to the north and east of Guilden Morden. With the early morning rain and dew easing off ahead of the 9 o’clock start, riders were tantalised by the prospect of favourable conditions. The meteorological reality was somewhat different, the wind picked up in places and meant that many competitors were chewing the bars as they turned at the A1198 to begin the return element of the circuits.
James Spence was the first rider off and put a big dent in to his current Personal Best (PB) for the 25 mile distance. Following 10 minutes or so later was Simon Doyle. Doyle improved on his course best, which he set in 2013, by 18 seconds.
Conditions probably got a bit stiffer for the later starters, but this did not hamper Nigel Wilson (PB) and Steve Smith (who also Course PB’ed). Mark Desborough also smashed out a Course-PB.
John Watson, off the back of yesterday’s impressive sub-2 hour 50-miler, hovered around the magical hour mark. Nigel Tooke shook off the effects of a pre-match nose-bleed to record a solid ‘9’.
Simon Doyle 59.28
John Watson 1.01.17
Mark Desborough 1.03.14
James Spence 1.04.10
Nigel Wilson 1.07.44
Nigel Tooke 1.09.36
Steve Smith 1.13.57
Nick Senechal DNS.
The event was won by the ever-impressive Simon Norman of Beds Road CC with a time of 53.56.
Congratulations to all those who improved and helped capture some points in the Interclub series.
Thanks go to James McKenzie, Jeremy Prodger and the team at CC Ashwell for hosting.