Time Keeper and Scrutiny: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper and Prop: Mark Loosely
Event Organiser, Reporter and Sign On: Nick Hickman
Photography: Nigel Hale
The size of the field for the annual 72″ Medium Gear competition would have been twice that of last year, but one rider failed the Scrutiniser’s inspection and so was eliminated to the unofficial Private Time Trials event.
The check lines were set at 18′ 10¼”, which the more mathematically minded members will spot is 72″ x pi . Rolling Paul Riley’s machine between these for one revolution of the cranks, Frank Turner determined that it was 2″ too long [readers may insert their own ribald comment here].
This left five riders on a mix of machines – from steel single-speed fixed getting much appreciation from our Time Keeper; to a full-on TT machine cunningly disabled from being able to select a too high gear by tightening of the appropriate limit screw on the rear mech, tensioning the cable and removal of the front mech.
Winner of the women’s event (you’ve got to be in it to win it) was Madam Chaiman Meli Fletcher, taking nearly two minutes off her time from last year.
Fastest male was Steve Robinson with the aforementioned specially customised machine.
Six riders decided they needed the bigger gears and competed as PTTs. These included guest riders Lindz Barral from JCA-Equipe Velo (a regular competitor on the Tuesday evening series) and Jim Moffat from CC Luton. Jim had the misfortune to p*ncture his rear tub while warming up but was rescued by the neutral service crew (friend of the Club, Andy Herbert) who lent him a back wheel. Andy’s back wheel was reported to have gone faster today than it has done in quite a while. The Nomads’ Nick Morgan was quickest of the day by just two seconds, despite incurring a penalty for arriving late at the start line.
Medium Gear Competition
Steve Robinson 1:08:00; James Bainbridge 1:10:50; Nick Hickman 1:15:59; Chris Corney 1:22:04; Meline Fletcher 1:32:35
Private Time Trials (not Medium Gear or not HNCC)
Nick Morgan 1:03:00 (inc. 24 secs late start penalty); Jim Moffat (CC Luton) 1:03:02; Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 1:04:09; James McPherson 1:05:20; Nigel Wilson 1:12:16; Paul Riley 1:21:37