A quick straw poll of those out today, and the fairly unanimous decision was to keep the start time the same despite the clock change next weekend.
So, until further notice the clock tower run will leave from Maidenhead station car park at 0900 on Sunday mornings. We may change this later in the year so keep an eye on the website!
This afternoon at Hillingdon, Robert Tinn took 3rd place in a sprint finish in his first road race. Very well done.
Last week, one of our long term club members underwent a heart procedure after experiencing chest pains while attempting to set new pb's and winning veteran and club awards. Other's say that after studying WADA regulations and consultations with some chap called Lance that having a heart stent installed is a viable way for ever increasing performance on the bike. The only down side being a groin strain.
But seriously Simon Greenland has had a stent fitted and told to keep off the bike for 6 weeks. Apart from a weeks frustration of not riding a bike Simon is all well and should be back racing next season. And long may this last.
With the days getting shorter, this Sunday brings us to the final club event of the year with a cup up for grabs. That’s the much anticipated Hill Climb event. For those of you who think a 10mile tt takes too long, this is the event for you. The slowest last year completed in under 13mins. And it’s not even a continual 13min of effort as we do 3 separate hills with plenty of time to recover between each one.
I have sprained my lateral collateral ligament in my knee...and the only way to let it heal it seems is to rest off the bike....I am not a happy bunny! I hope that it maybe OK by Sunday, but if its not I wont be out again on Sunday morning and Gurpal cannot make it either. Hopefully someone will be there to lead out any new members....
I also cant make Sunday 7th as I am at a funeral...Gurpal also cant make this one. Again, apologies. After that, hopefully I will be back out on Sunday morning Clock Tower runs.....
With rain forecast for 10am the group of 5 riders (Mike W, Stuart, Colin and young new Mike) left the golf club on the standard route. Twyford and Sonning both came and went without needing to stop at the lights. Myself and Mike hung back up Playhatch leaving the other 3 to fight for the win. We were both too far back to see the victor.
I had a few phone calls this week from prospective members asking about the clock tower run, but I still thought it would be a fairly quiet morning what with the 25 this afternoon - how wrong I was! 16 turned up this morning - the most I have seen since I started cycling with the club, and more than half of them were new or prospective members! I dont think Gurpal could quite believe it when he arrived to a full car park - so he took a photo which I hope Peter will post here for me.
On Sunday Gurpal completed his 1st 12hr timetrail. He's awaiting the offical distance, but based on his own Garmin clocked up 199.35 in 12hr. I believe his pleasure / relief in completing, offsets the disappointment of missing 200miles.
Well done Gurpal.
Just a reminder that the annual end of session social will be taking place the the Beehive Pub opposite the cricket ground at White Waltham following the final Thursday evening 10tt on the 6th September. All welcome to attend including partners and others who've not seen you the the last 6 months on a Thursday.
7 of us arrived at the Clock tower this morning, 5 regulars - Gurpal, Mark, David, David and myself and 2 new members Ian and Mark. We set off in the sunshine to Twyford and Sonning. It was an uneventful and fast run through Playhatch and Sonning Common to the top of Pishill. We tried to do some through and off from there to Stokenchurch but there was a bit too much of a difference in abilities and our new member Mark was struggling a little bit so we let the fast guys head off and all went at our own pace.