Saturday 30th April, Cyclopark
Sonny Parker and Iain Hawthorn both pinned numbers to their backs at the Cyclopark for a 4th cat race in #3 of the 'Crits in the park series' hosted by San Fairy Ann. The big news is that Sonny Parker came 2nd, outsprinting the bunch in convincing fashion in a 4th cat. race to gain his 3rd cat licence. He was only denied a first by a phenomenal breakaway by a solo rider from Regent's Park Rouleurs who time trialled away after one lap to eventually putting in a two minute gap between himself and the bunch by the time the bell rang. Iain was still feeling the Belgium Ardennes in his legs and suffered an hour off the back on his own.
Kev Wolff went in the preceding 3rd cat. race to finish in the bunch but could not contest the sprint.
Contribution by Ian Bashford
Sunday 1st May, Sussex CA 25 miles TT on course G25/93.
This course starts in a country lane just off the Steyning bypass, goes up and down to the A24 near West Grinstead crossroads then south on the A24 up the dead drag past Dial Post to washington, then Steyning bypass to Shoreham by Sea and back to Steyning. Not a flat course.
Today was very bright but very cold at 0715hrs, my start time.
Sadly Andy Green had to DNS due to a chest infection, so it was just me.
My result was a marginally better result than last week with a 1hr 2min 48sec........avg 23.9mph
The winner was Chris McNamara with a blistering 53min 17sec.........avg 28.15mph
Contribution by Dave Phillips
I was a guest rider in the Epsom Cycling Club Evening 10 mile TT Series, Round 1 on Tuesday evening on course G10/42, North Holmwood, nr Dorking. A bitterly cold evening to time trial but a field of 16 turned up. I've done this course a few times and put down a 26:04 a couple of years ago on a Bianchi Infinito road bike and a couple of 24's last season so I was hoping for a decent time. I posted a 25:44 which on the night put me 7th on Scratch and as the oldest rider I've got to be pleased with that. I was beaten by a few teenagers and a couple of serious TT riders. No points for me as I was a guest but I reckon on their handicap system i would have been placed 2nd or 3rd on the night. Massive room for improvement though - I'll keep plugging away and see where I get to.Kev
Yesterday I was at the Hampshire Road Club 10 mile TT on course P881 on the A3 at Liss/Liphook. A full complement of 120 riders for this one on what is meant to be a fast course. I was riding for the Old Portlians and put in a time of 23:39 which is a new PB for me by 3 seconds and a new best plus on veteran's standard. Pleased with that. A busy road and the wind came up just before the start so times could get better in the right conditions. Loved the course though with a good road surface and will return asap. Best course I've competed on I think so keep an eye out for future events here guys - you could put in some serious times. Course record is held by Michael Hutchinson with a 19:01!