Monday, 17 September 2012

Time trial update including 12 hour TT 2012

On Friday 10 th August Jack Bryant entered the Rye Wheelers 10 which i believe was his time trial debut and clocked a promising 32.22.
A couple more 10's to catch up on, both involving John and his dreaded tandem, firstly Louise, who is currently cycling to Spain, joined her dad for the Ashford Wheelers 10 on 22nd August and produced a very good 24.38.
The following week on Tuesday Russ, who really should know better, partnered John in the final TriSpirit 10 of the season and stormed round in an amazing 23.17.

Sunday 2nd September was the KCA 12 Hour, 67 riders on the start sheet including 10 Thorntons.
With rider No 1 starting at 06.01 it was still a bit dark and quite chilly although thankfully dry and not too windy.
The route took us from Bethersden to Ashford then a transit across south Ashford via the dual carriageways before heading south to Brenzett, which was to be the hub of the circuits for the next few hours.
One circuit took us around Appledore, Rye, Camber and Lydd, next was a shorter trip round Appledore and Rye, before the Ivychuch circuit, depending on how fast you were going some riders did more circuits than the slower riders.
Then from about 3pm onwards riders were directed to the finishing circuit, a lap of just over 9 miles around Sugarloaf, Stubbs Cross and Shadoxhurst.

The weather stayed good all day, an occasional glimpse of sunshine with the wind freshening as the hours passed. We had some excellent performances with Steve Trek 196.494 an improvement of 27.934 the best of the field, and Rob Wheeler 238.958, an improvement of 18.608, the 2nd best.

Trevor smashing his target of 200 with 209. 532. Bey at 79 years old clocking up 141.712. Other Thornton finishers were Russ 199.631, Malcolm 171.048 and myself 241.488. 6 riders DNS including our own Jari and 8 DNF including John, not feeling too well on the day and Don who despite being the clubs best short distance tester still has to find his endurance legs.

Sunday 16th September Don was amongst a strong field of 67 for the KCA 25 on the Q25/10, back to a more comfortable distance Don recorded a fine 1.02.29 confirming his status as Thorntons No 1 short distance tester.

MP

EDIT: Well done Michael on your mileage, only few miles off your own PB. Plenty of years left in those legs. Well done to everyone else that completed the full 12 hours, especially Bey...

Don