London & Home Counties VTTA 25 mile time trial
Sunday 3rd October

Hounslow riders came away from the London & Home Counties VTTA 25 with a good haul of trophies last Sunday.

Jeff Marshall took the Bath Road cup for the best veterans plus in the over 55 years section with an actual time of 1hour 3 minutes 9 seconds, which gave him a vets plus of 18 minutes 44 seconds*. Jeff is in his seventieth year.

With Rob Gilmour, whose actual time was 59.08, Marshall took the Sturt Cup for the best team of two riders on standard from the same club, and combined with Paul Holdsworth (actual time 55.03) they also won the prize for the best team of three riders on standard.

Holdsworth recorded the fifth fastest time in the event, while the outright winner was Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) who did 50.45.

Brent Skinner (Hounslow) did a creditable 1.0.44, although his relative youthfulness prevented him from figuring in the team awards.

The event, which attracted 100 entries, was held on the Marlow “Ski Slope” course, but weather conditions - wind and rain - prevented most of the riders from taking advantage of the “gift” hill just after the start.

*In other words he was 18.44 faster than the standard time set for 25 miles for a man aged 69. The Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) publishes a schedule of standard times for each year of a rider's age from 40 years upwards. This list also includes times for women, and for each type of machine - trikes and tandems, at all the standard distances.

Chris Lovibond