Hounslow & District Wheelers 100 mile Time Trial
Sunday 29th May

Adam Topham

Race winner Adam Topham

Adam Topham (High Wycombe) riding only his third ever 100, discovered unrealised potential at the longer distances by beating former British Best All Rounder Nik Bowdler (Team Pedal Revolution). Topham recorded 3 hours 38 minutes 46 seconds to Bowdler’s 3.41.38.

It was not an easy day: among the early starters seventeen of those who finished were out in the strong and blustery south west wind for over five hours and no one should imagine that Nik Bowdler did not do a good ride. He was leading at 50 miles with 1.48.02 to Topham’s 1.48.51, and when he went over the finishing line in a time that beat his own course record by a minute and forty five seconds he must have had hopes of victory, but it was not to be.

Paul Holdsworth and Jill Bartlett

Paul Holdsworth and Jill Bartlett

Back at the HQ the winner said: “Previously, when attempting this distance my power output has dropped in the last 25 miles - today it was constant. All the same, it still hurt.” He added that his “three hour turbo sessions have proved their worth.” His strategy had been to go hard into the wind and ease off a little on the tailwind sections.

With a trajectory like this, perhaps these are the words of a future BBAR champion.

The National Vets’ Mixed Tandem record (and the Hounslow club record) fell in this event with Paul Holdsworth and Jill Bartlett (Hounslow & District) recording 3. 56. 40.

Paul was pleased and a bit surprised that they had got under four hours in that wind and Jill, when asked how she managed to look so fresh replied “well, it didn’t seem to take very long - if I’d been on my own I’d probably still be out there!”

Chris Lovibond