Sunday, 3 July 2011

R.T.T.C National Championship 24 Hour Time Trial

On the 25th/26th June, 5 Thornton members took part in the R.T.T.C National Championship 24 Hour Time Trial, based around the rolling hills of East and West Sussex. Malcolm, Russ, Colin, John and myself, we all finished apart from John who retired after suffering with the cold on the transition to the night circuit.

Those that finished had a combined total of 1315.29 miles. On a start sheet of 96 riders, 3 failed to start and 13 failed to finish, including ex Thornton legend Dave Wheeler. The event was won by Andrew Wilkinson, Port Sunlight Wheelers, with a new championship record of 541.17 miles, words can't describe that performance.

The ladies title was won by local girl Bronwen Ewing, Rye Wheelers,with 406.78, she's one gutsy lady.

From a personal point of view i like many others were entering unknown territory, 24 hours on your own, no hiding behind fast groups to get more speed for less money, if you want to go faster , you push your legs harder, how long can you push harder for and still make it to the end, that comes from years of experience.

The event itself had a KCA 25 feel about it, village halls and a couple of elder gentlemen in deckchairs with stopwatches, though on a huge scale with marshalls scattered all over Sussex. Esther Carpenter and many 100's of volunteers ran the event superbly. There was no shortage of encouragement from every marshall at every junction and the many supporters of other riders.

Many thanks to the Thornton members that came to support us on the Sunday morning, Gordon, Roy, Jane, Graeme, Steve, Trevor and Rob, sorry if ive missed anybody. For me though the real heroes of the event were Tess, Gerry, Rachelle and Mary, without their 24 hour support I don't feel any of us could have finished.    

Michael Pumphrey.