Thursday '10' Report and other News
On a clear evening with the wind dropping for later riders we had a good turnout of 44 riders for our Thursday evening '10' on the Thicket course. Pete Weir triumphed again with 21:22 which could have been quicker as he had to battle the early blowey conditions as first man off. He also had some problems at the National '10' on Sunday which lost him some time, breaking a spoke 2 miles from the finish and then mistaking the finish line and sitting up too early.
In second place was regular competitor Neil Cooper [ AW Cycles] and third Jules Fairley [MDCC] even after complaining at the start of not being up to form last night produced 22:50. It was good to see Paul Redman [ Thames Velo, MDCC 2nd claim] back riding again after taking part in 2 tough charity Sportives, The Fred Whitton and The Caledonia. It seems to have done him good as he finished in 5th place in 23:13 producing an all-time personal best. Well done Paul.
Our regular guests from TVT were also well placed with Sharkie Jaggard in 4th and Alex Scott in 7th. They also provided the fastest lady, Claire Hester in 28:55. We hope to organise an inter-club '10' against TVT in the next few weeks with 12 of our riders up against 12 of theirs with riders seeded into 4 pb time sections to make the event more interesting.
It was particularly pleasing to have so many 'Come & Try It' riders, seven took part, with two , Simeon Pollard and Neil Turner joining us at the end of the evening. James Frew and Doug Cannon tied to be the fastest in an excellent 24:42 while Miriam Harris was the fastest lady in a very creditable 28:58 on her first ride for a few years.
In the season long Bill Rundle Handicap Competition the leading 3 positions narrowed last night with leader Andrew Payne taking a rest from riding and being start timekeeper. Andrew still leads with 57 points but Gervase has now narrowed his lead and is on 52 points while Mike Woods also closes up on Andrew with 50 points. What a nail biter!