Midsummer Cup 25 mile Time Trial
Sunday 26th June

There are some days when you get out of bed on the right side and things just go well.

Last Sunday (26th June) Paul Holdsworth (Hounslow and District Wheelers) had intended only to ride a Surrey League road race, but he made a last minute decision to ride the club Midsummer Cup 25 in the morning as well. (“There’s nothing much on next weekend - I’ll have a rest then” he said.)

There’s a healthy rivalry this season between Paul and the club’s other current time trial star Nic Stagg, who had a clear victory over Holdsworth in the last club 25 on Good Friday, but this time the positions were reversed: Holdsworth fastest with 56 minutes 43 seconds, Stagg 58.03. Although Nic seemed a little disappointed with his performance, it should be remembered that any under the hour ride on the tough West of Windsor course is an achievement that most can only dream about.

Having won the first event of the day, Paul made the journey to Alfold (Surrey), got out his road race bike and was ready for the afternoon start of the Festival RC race: “It’s only 65 miles and I often go well when it’s hot” was Paul’s thinking.

And he was right: with about six miles to go he got across from the bunch to what became the winning break which finished 30 seconds clear and took the third place (from a field of 80 starters). The winner was Mike Coyle (Brighton Mitre CC).

Rob Richardson, so often a Hounslow team counter in the past and still a second claim member deserves a mention for his great ride in the National 24 Hour Championship last weekend. Results are as yet still provisional, but Rob’s helpers are confident that he did at least 450 miles. A fuller report will follow when the results can be confirmed.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond