Hounslow & District Wheelers 10 mile Time Trial
Saturday 16th May

Ben Instone (www.scientific-coaching.com) won the Hounslow open ten last Saturday with the wide margin of 53 seconds. His time was 20 minutes 02 seconds while runner up Will Girvan (North Hants RC) recorded 20.55.

A strong south west wind hindered the riders on the outward leg to the Holybourne roundabout and made many of the competitors wonder why they were bothering, but Instone seemed almost unaffected by the conditions taking only a couple of seconds over 10 minutes to reach the turn (4.7 miles). He returned in almost exactly 10 minutes.

At the finish he gave an explanation: "I usually do relatively well in windy conditions - big riders (he is at least 6’6” tall) can produce more power without much increase in frontal area." He went on to say that most of the way back he had used a gear of 56 x 11 (135”) which he was turning at 100 to 110 rpm. His current best 10 time is 19.09.

Best Lady was Julia Shaw (Utag Yamaha) with an impressive 21.50, while Roy Savery (De Laune CC) scored the best veterans’ plus with 7 minutes 20 seconds.

The Hounslow did at least take home the team prize: Paul Holdsworth 22.20, Rob Gilmour 22.36 and Paul Innes 22.44.

The event was held on the Farnham - Alton course and attracted 95 entrants.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond