Club Hill Climb - 2011
Build up to the Hill Climb was a tense affair as the three main contenders eyed each other up at the club Road Race the previous Sunday. Rumours abounded about a slimmer and fitter Hugh, Gray made no secret of his ambitions and Nat is full of surprises. Dave has enough self belief for an entire peloton and could not be discounted in his record breaking year. I (in the Volvo) passed Hugh in Potters Bar; he was as smooth as ever. But I was a little shocked to reach the foot of the hill to find Gray spinning away on a turbo trainer looking like he’d been there for hours. (Is that fair?).
Nineteen riders signed on and Starter, Colin Baker, counted the first man away with the assistance of Mike English on his annual Hill Climb pilgrimage. Simon Neatham set the early mark of 3:40.4, holding off the next seven riders until Alex Cohen made the summit in 3:18.5; this did for the next four finishers, including Nat and Dave.
Then Gray came into sight, accelerating over the final 200 yds to cross in 3:08.9, compared with 3:14.1 in 2010. Could Hugh do better? It was not to be; last year’s runner up (to Matt Southerden) was runner up again with 3:17.1, compared with 3:11.6 in 2010. Alex surprised with third.
The downhill was a fun affair. Ian Bibby has obviously been ‘feeding up’ for the event, added a spare pair of heavy pedals to his pocket (is that fair?) and distanced himself by 8yds from Jeremy Greenwood; Gray was a very close third. Howard Boswell, down from Preston in memory of brother, Malcolm (‘Boz’), was a further 2yds back in fourth.
We then had a short ride to Panshanger tea rooms to meet the ‘wrinklies’ (Alan, Ray, Nick, Brian etc) and refresh the inner man (and woman). A very satisfying day all round.
Hill Climb placings
2011 ODAM results
Gray Turnock, Albert Maher and Peter Bullen battled it out in the final stages with Gray emerging as winner of the series.
Matt ran away with the scratch award.
VTTA Champs - E2/25
11 June 2011
Lovely conditions on the E2, won with a 49 so can't have been too bad. Good performances from our trio of more venerable riders, fastest of the season for all (I think).
Finsbury Park CC - F1/50
12 June 2011
Chris predicted that the wind would drop once Dave got back to racing after his ankle surgery earlier in the year, and sure enough this came true. A gap in the rain, which started just as the last riders on the road were finishing, and the not too much wind, at least first thing though it did pick up quite a bit as the rain headed in. Dave was pleased to get round without troubling the ankle too much and do a decent time. Tom improved his best 50 of the season and Albert, off number one, put in a good performance in his debut at the distance.
Over 30 years after first winning this event, Ian Cammish rode round like a pup to win by several minutes. His time of 1:44:56 was actually the fastest he's done in this event.
Odam 10s series update after race 4
01 June 2011
|1||Matt Molloy||21:01||29||4 rides|
It's getting interesting at the halfway point of the series. Matt has won all 4, and owing to the number of times he's ridden he's got the lead in the all-important handicap competition. But with others to record more results and only the best 5 to count, this is one competition he's unlikely to win come the end in August. Gray has 3 excellent results but new members Albert Maher and Paul Buxton have both scored maximum 10s in the races they've done, but will have to ride the remaining races to be in with a shout to take the top honours.
Time refers to the best time from the races so far.