Good Friday 25 mile Time Trial
Friday 2nd April

This event produced one outstanding performance - Nic Stagg, who was the clear winner with a time of 59 minutes 27 seconds.

A cold and windy morning, typical Good Friday weather, challenged the entrants in the first Hounslow and District Wheelers club 25 of the season.

Even so thirty three enthusiasts faced the timekeeper - sixteen Hounslow members and seventeen non members doing private time trials. Apart from the obvious difficulty of the conditions, the riders discovered within a quarter mile of the start that the always tough ascent of Hawthorn Hill was made more difficult than usual by the headwind, posing a particular problem for anyone who needed to get out of the saddle to climb.

The results showed a number of lifetime worsts which are best left unreported. Anyone recording around the 1 hour 6 minute mark would clearly have beaten the 25 mph / 1 hour benchmark given a reasonable day and course; this makes Nic Stagg's ride remarkable since it suggests he might have been within sight of the course record (54.42) on a good day.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond