Time Trialling Report
Tuesday 18th July

Farnham Road Club 25 (10th July)

Generally as sportsmen mature (or get older) they tend to lose speed but gain stamina. Paul Holdsworth (Hounslow and District Wheelers) appeared to be following this pattern, and for some years now has been a contender in the British Best All Rounder competition which involves riding a 12 hour time trial.

This year he decided to turn his back on the BBAR and look for greater speed at the shorter distances. If his club mates were unconvinced that this defiance of the ageing process could be made to work they will now have to reconsider.

In the Farnham RC 25 Paul produced a rapid 53 minutes 21 seconds ride which gave him third place overall in the event, and unsurprisingly, fastest veteran award. The winner was Russell Kober (Hainault RC) who did 51.14, with Rupert Burbidge (Redhill CC) in second place with 52 minutes exactly. Bearing in mind that the shorter distance time trials are generally more popular & hence more competitive this is a good result. The event attracted 119 men, 14 women and three tandem pairs.

Had there been a team prize the Hounslow would have won it with strong supporting rides coming from Nic Stagg (54.52) and Stuart Stow (57.31). Stuart’s ride is interesting, not just because it is a personal best for him, but also because it is his first under the hour ride and was done on a single gear of 88” fixed.

In the Ladies’ section Jo Wells took the fourth place with 1.5.49, and Jill Bartlett in fifth place with 1.7.11. The winner here was Danuta Tinn (Maidenhead & District CC) who recorded 1.0.22.

Neil Holdsworth also rode and recorded 1.5.13.

Chris Lovibond