Western TTA 100 Mile Time Trial
Sunday August 15th

After a late start to his 2010 racing campaign Paul Holdsworth, Hounslow and District Wheelers, is beginning to show his strength.

Last Wednesday (12th August) he rode the 84 mile Barry Elcombe Memorial road race, and although only finishing 17th overall, he took the first vet's prize. Some would say that to leave only three days between this race and a 100 mile time trial is insufficient time to recover, but not Holdsworth because....

On Sunday (15th August) he took second place in the WTTA 100 with a fine ride of 3 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds. The winner, Jeff Jones (Chippenham and District Wheelers) did 3:48:38.

Although the course (mainly on the A419 Cirencester - Cricklade road) is acknowledged to have a good potential for speed, the day was never going to allow many personal bests as a strong and blustery North East wind blew almost directly in the riders' faces as they pushed towards Cirencester. From a field of seventy entrants sixteen failed to finish and another fifteen did not even reach the start line. Of those who did complete the course only four were inside four hours and many of the finishers' times were reminiscent of years long past. Those few who managed to shrug off the conditions: Jones, Holdsworth and third placed Matt Moorhouse (Preston CC) certainly, had clearly produced excellent performances. It should be mentioned that Moorhouse was riding his first ever 100. Jones also won this event in 2009 (on the same course) with a time of 3:40:15, eight and a half minutes faster.

Two other Hounslow members took part, and both did creditable rides. Rob Gilmour came thirteenth overall with a time of 4:21:09 which gave him a veterans plus of 77 minutes 39 seconds. Jill Bartlett was third fastest in the ladies section with 4:56:38, only three and a half minutes down on the winner, Moira Goodway (Banbury Star) who did 4:53:01.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond