As I am sure everyone has heard, the remains of Hurricane Bertha meant that yesterday’s Ride London 100 had to be shortened to 86 miles with the removal of Leith Hill and Box Hill. I think most of us were disappointed to hear the news as we lined up under clear skies at the start. However whilst making our way through the flooded roads of Surrey in huge downpours we had to agree that it was the right decision.
Well done to everyone from MDCC who completed the ride yesterday:
It's almost the end of the season so I thought that I'd better publish the Thursday 10 handicap standings.
With five events to go it's all to play for this season with Bernard Phillips taking a well deserved lead (58 points). Having started the season trying to break 'evens' (30 minutes) , he managed to do that in style, putting in a 27:48 on the A4. In second place is Time Trial Secretary, Stuart Auckland (52 points), having gone under 22 minutes on no less than six occasions this season.
I've added to last years article on a club '25' 50 years ago some interesting reminiscences from David Smith who was a member from 1962-1963. David is still riding but now lives in Denmark. http://www.maidenheadcc.org.uk/node/1193
An improved forecast and what seemed like still conditions in the car park greeted Andrew, Simon, Jorj and I at the WLCA 50 yesterday.
Many parts of the road had been resurfaced so this and the still conditions suggested some fast times might be achieveable. However out on the road the wind picked up and although it was very fast in parts, it was also tough going in others and it seemed to switch with each lap.
Good to see a couple of new joiners as Mia and Louis (hope I've spelled you both right) joined John, Dan, Taran and I for what turned out to be a longer than usual ride for us. Initial discussions about a route ended with a request to climb Pishill so we headed off to Henley via Knowl Hill. Passing the road works along the Fairmile we started off to Pishill (having assured our new riders that although it was a fairly long drag, only the last bit was steep). Everyone made it ok, although Dan was held back by a dropped chain.
Hi - tomorrow night's TT is cancelled.
This is due to roadworks during the evening on the A4 between 19:30 and 23:30 resulting in temporary lane closures controlled by traffic lights. The work is due to be completed by 14th July and will result in a safer course.
Please pass the message on.
A strong southerly cross wind greeted us on the H10/2 yesterday for the Chris Hart Memorial open run by VC10. It was nice and sunny but the wind definitely made it challenging for all to get a fast time with most between 30-60 seconds slower than normal.
Despite that, strong rides from Andrew, Heather and myself meant we won the club award which was great after the Inter-Club win on Thursday.
We'll have to make a point of fielding a strong team next year to retain the award :-)
I'll post up the results and picture once received.
Starting off later than planned meant we were able to persuade a couple of those arriving for the regular Bird Hills ride to join us for our 3rd annual ride out to Box Hill and back this morning. This meant that eleven set out in a tight group along Drift Road and despite having to negotiate a road closure due to road works we all made it swiftly together to Box Hill.
Thanks to everyone who agreed to be filmed last night for Good Morning Britain - I know they were a bit intrusive at times when you were trying to focus on the ride ahead - but I think it will have showed us as a really friendly club who are happy to give advice to beginners even when we are preparing for a time trial.
They are going to be clipping in up and putting it into a package alongside Laura going up Box Hill, to be shown on Monday morning. I will drop Laura a text over the weekend to see if she can give me an idea of timings and if she can I will post here.
Like the Clock Tower group, unsurprisingly the Birds Hill group also found themselves with a warm sunny start to the ride.
Nine riders were at the start mixing it with the Hounslow Club who were running a TT from there.
We decided on the traditional route that heads out to Sonning, Dunsden, Henley, Stonor, Phishill and then back down to Charvil, Twyford and Shurlock Row. Mike led us out and we headed on to Sonning Common.