Tonight was the final Championship Race for the 2017/18 season: an Individual Time Trial up Admiral Hill. Today riders had to wait until after 4 pm for the Club President to confirm that the weather conditions were safe for the race to proceed, and Cyclone Gita (havoc though she may have caused for some) was not going to cause a postponement. Thankfully the worst of the wind didn’t arrive until after all the riders were safely back down from Admiral.
Individual Time Trials are about a rider being able to measure their effort, so that you can give your maximum effort without ‘bonking’ before the end (Bonking is one of these very technical cycling terms which means that your legs refuse to continue turning the peddles effectively any longer, sometimes referred to as peddle squares!). Because this time trial has a considerable amount of ‘up’ to contend with, riders who are light AND powerful have the advantage – the scientists probably talk about the power to weight ratio and how that impacts on the riders ability to ride fast.
In the men’s race, there was a fantastic battle that took place between Mark Langlands, (defending champion) and Ben Knight. Ben started 30 seconds before Mark who was chasing hard to close the gap. In the end Mark just succeeded and finished a mere 7 seconds faster than Ben. This was a great ride by these guys in testing conditions and Mark managed to better his time from last year in the process!
In the women’s race the Lesley Mouat (defending champion) started 2 minutes in front of Belinda Fuller who has been riding brilliantly this season. Unfortunately for Belinda after she had crested ‘the wall’ followed by the short descent, in changing back to her small chain-ring she dropped her chain. This ‘mechanical’ meant that Belinda lost some time and was not able to close the gap to Lesley, who retains the overall Championship, in a very slightly slower time than last year.
Special mentions have to go to Harrison Deal who used that power to weight ratio to fly up the hill over a minute faster than last year and finish in 4th place overall, and as the 1st Under 19 boy. In the junior girls race another good contest took place between Bianca Green and Sydney Blackburn. This was the first time ever that Bianca has ridden Admiral, so congratulations on a successful contest and mastering the art of ‘pacing’. The final special mention goes to Peter Jones and Derek Cox, on the Tandem. As anyone who has ever ridden a tandem will know, climbing with the extra weight of two folks and a very heavy bike is no easy feat. To add to their challenge tonight, the tandem was another bike that was having mechanical troubles and the team had to race on much larger gears than might be seen as preferable on a hill as steep as Admiral.
The provisional results from tonight are:
|shute order||Race No||Rider||Start Time||Finish Time||Race Time|
|18||90||Mark Langlands||0:15:00||0:32:23||0:17:23||Champion man|
|17||13||Ben Knight||0:14:30||0:32:00||0:17:30||2nd man|
|15||Richard van Lent||0:11:30||0:30:56||0:19:26||3rd man|
|6||58||Harrison Deal||0:09:30||0:29:10||0:19:40||1st U19 boy|
|8||5||Lesley Mouat||0:08:00||0:29:25||0:21:25||Champion woman|
|28||116||Peter Jones/Derek Cox||0:12:30||0:34:54||0:22:24||1st Tandem|
|19||10||Belinda Fuller||0:10:00||0:32:53||0:22:53||2nd woman|
|9||89||Emily Lutyens||0:05:00||0:29:30||0:24:30||3rd woman|
|1||88||Bianca Green||0:01:00||0:27:39||0:26:39||1st U19 girl|
|12||78||Sydney Blackburn||0:01:30||0:30:36||0:29:06||2nd U19 girl|