Time Trials are often called the race of truth. They are a test of how fast and efficient a rider can be over a set distance with no bunch to assist. 2-up Time Trials usually mean that riders push themselves to their absolute limits so as not to let their team mate down. They are predominately ridden for ‘bragging rights,’ with teams bringing out the bling – that is the TT bikes, bars, deep dish or disk wheels and funny pointy TT helmets all of which are supposed to shave seconds or fractions of seconds off the total time taken over the course.
Twenty-one teams presented themselves to the starter for the main race, and two for the short course. All the teams discovered as they headed north up Bideford Road that there was a noticeable head wind to add extra challenge into the test. Most teams will have set themselves some personal challenges, perhaps to try and catch one team in front of them, or to not get caught, or to better a previous time. For the top teams the goal could be to complete the test in under an hour. Tonight, only three teams reached this outstanding feat of speed.
Congratulations to Mark Langlands and Simon Pumfrey the fastest team overall in a time of 57:19.89. This time equates to an average speed of 41.861 km per hour. In second place were the team of Derek Roberts and Erik d’Arbois with a time of 58:23:36, and in third place to Dave Drummond and Tom McCallum with a time of 58:47:26. The fastest mixed team tonight were Belinda Fuller and Eddy Kuipers, and the fastest all woman team were Donna Burkhart and Donna O’Sullivan. On the short course the fastest team were Finn and Caleb Roberts. Congratulations to everyone who completed the test and achieved your own personal goals in the process!
Once again, many thanks to all those who were managing and marshalling our race, making sure that all riders were kept safe. Thanks also to our support teams, family and friends, who come out with encouragement, post-race refreshments and sometimes lifts home. Your support is much appreciated.
Next week, is one of the classic races for the season, on the Dalefield Circuit which is much loved by the sprinters in the club. As always, if you have not yet done so, you need to contact Kirsten let her know when you will take your turn to marshall.
Finally, good luck to everyone who is facing the Great Lake Challenge this weekend. Ride well and keep safe.
Full results from tonight can be found here: