Hounslow & District Wheelers 10 mile Time Trial
Saturday 15th May

Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport) stooped to conquer in the Hounslow and District Wheelers 10 last Saturday when he beat a good field of riders including former champion Richard Prebble. His time was 20 minutes 5 seconds. Only runner up Aran Stanton (V.C. St. Raphael) finished within a minute of him.

Wouter, who recently became a full time professional for Sigma Sport, can rightly be described as an international roadman and his 'preparation' for Saturday's event included a recent continental trip on which he rode the single day classics Paris - Troyes (106 miles) and the Tour du Finisterre (125 miles), the latter having most of the top French pro teams competing - Francaise des Jeux, AG2R, Cofidis etc. Although this year has not yet brought any big successes in road racing his time trial results have shown great promise: he has already won a round of the prestigious Rudy Project series.

These results support the maxim that if you want to do well in time trials, you should ride road races!

Best placed of the Hounslow riders was Nic Stagg with a fast 21.24 for ninth place. He was followed by Rob Gilmour with 22.24 (16th) and Paul Innes 23.11 (24th). These times would often have been good enough to collect the team prize, but the home club's riders were overwhelmed by outstanding performances from two ladies in the London Dynamo - Rebecca Slack 22.24 and Ruth Turner 22.42, which with the support of their male team leader James Stratton who recorded 21.09 for third place gave them an aggregate time of 1.06.15 against the Hounslow's 1.06.59. Another Hounslow ride worthy of mention come from Loz Wintergold, who in spite of the stress of being the organiser of the event managed to record the respectable time of 23.42.

However it was altogether a good day for the ladies as Julia Shaw (Utag Yamaha) recorded an excellent 21.19 which gave her seventh place out of total of sixty nine mostly male finishers. Julia is the reigning women's 10 champion.

The promoting club does have one consolation from the day: Wouter Sybrandy started his racing career in England with the Hounslow and still retains second claim membership.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond