Hounslow & District Wheelers 10 mile Time Trial
Saturday 14th May

Pete Tadros (InGear-Quickvit RT) was one of the few riders in the Hounslow 10 who seemed to be unaffected by the windy conditions last Saturday.

Pete Tadros

The sleek and aerodynamic Pete Tadros

Tadros finished in 20 minutes 10 seconds which gave him a comfortable 21 second margin over second placed Simon Tout (Velo Club St. Raphael) who recorded 20.31 and Peter Weir (Maidenhead & District CC), third with 20.57.

Among the ladies Julia Shaw, the reigning national champion, was, as could be expected, the clear winner with 21.18. Rachael Elliot (Newbury RC) was second with a creditable 23.31 which made her a prize winner in an open time trial for the first time in her career.

Similarly there was little surprise that the Veterans’ Standard prize went to John Woodburn, although anyone outside the sport would find it surprising that a 74 year old could ride at an average speed of 25 miles an hour. His actual time was 24 minutes exactly.

The Hounslow did have the consolation of winning the team award. The counters were: Nic Stagg 21.59, Paul Holdsworth 22.30 and Rob Gilmour 22.34.

Second claim Hounslow member Rob Richardson must have ridden further than anyone else on Saturday. He arrived at the start already having covered 63 miles from his home in Devizes, and then after recording a respectable 23.49 he rode home. Crazy? Well he is preparing himself for the 24 hour Championship in July.

At the result board the winner was modest about his performance “In an event like this, without the big boys riding, I can sometimes win.” The simplest research shows that Pete Tadros has entered eight time trials so far this season and of those he has won six. In the two cases where he did fail to come out on top the victor’s margin was tiny: two seconds in the Sussex CA 10 and a single second in the Kent CA 25 - surely this is an outstanding record.

On the subject of scientific preparation, widely practised and discussed in the sport at the moment, Pete said: “No, I don’t really bother with it - I just like riding a bike. I’ve decided to race on gears this season, but I believe fixed wheel suits me best for training, and I think the benefit comes from the combination of suppleness induced by spinning at high revs, while strength comes from having to climb on a relatively high gear”.

Scientific or not, from the roadside he looked a sleek and aerodynamic winner.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond