On Saturday Robert Tinn entered his 2nd road race at Hillingdon with hopes to improve on the 3rd obtain on his first outing in a CAT 4 event. Part way through the race Robert was involved in a large crash and suffered a number of bumps and bruises. Before his mother could get to the scene he was back on the bike and rejoining the main pack.
On the final lap Robert was near the front but a little boxed in, but managed to picked the right line and took the win in a bunch sprint.
Until further notice these rides will depart at 8.30. This was agreed during the ride on Sunday 28th October by all those present.
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.