Round 7. Write up to follow when my head stops aching. Table link below.
Round 6. Well, Richard has finally clawed his way to the top of the table with his fourth improvement in succession; this time he knocked 9 secs off his base time to collect 7 points and increase his total by 3 (with a 4 point ride to throw away). This is the way to ride the Odams.
However, he still has fierce opposition from Bryne, Seet and Tony, all with realistic ambitions to overhaul Mr (Steady) Pimlott. Chris, DomB, David and DomR are still in the hunt but will have to dig deep to make any impression on those higher up the table.
On the face of it, Simon leads the scratch competition and has to watch out for DomB, Seet, Dan and a few others who could find a burst of speed in the final gallops.
It always seems hard on the A1000 and round 6 was no exception despite warm, dry conditions. That pesky southerly wind is a real challenge on the way home and never gives much help on the outward legs; the road surface is heavy. Best we can say is it’s excellent training.
Round 5. Richard closes the gap on Bryne, Seet hovering in 3rd and Tony 4th but with only three rides to count (watch that man). Cracking ride by David for 10 points and even Chris managed an improvement of 4 secs. (Anquetil would say that’s 3 too many). Everybody was very close to base times now the season has settled down; it should be tight all the way to the line. Ian could throw a spanner in the works.
Looking forward to some more fun at the finish with the angry owner of a two foot strip of dead grass.
Round 4 ushered in a change in the weather as a strong SSW wind gave help where it was little needed on the outward leg and made the going tough on the run home up Bell Bar. Changes also in the Odam h/cap as Richard P was the only rider to improve his base time, getting 10 points and reducing Bryne’s lead to 6 points. Gains too for Seet, up into third, and Dominic Ross, 2 points adrift in fourth place, but with only two rounds to count. Also with just two rounds on the board is new member, Toni Allen-Mills; 16 points in fifth place and chasing hard.
Average times were more than a minute slower than the previous trip. Fastest on the night was Darren Reynolds, 25:27, disappointed with 4 points, but that’s the nature of handicap competitions. He and other fast men have to think about the scratch medals.
Round three saw Bryne increase his lead over Richard and some changes lower down the order. Chris Lodge moves up to 3rd, Seet Teoh close behind; followed by Dominic Ross and new member Tony Allen-Mills capitalising on his novice base time. Things are settling down after the various course and base time changes. Will some fresh faces for 2017 pitch up and stir the mix?
Round 2. The forced course change due to an abundance of new gravel on Wildhill Road was generally well received and some members welcomed the chance to witness the suffering faces going in the opposite direction on the A1000.
Bryne Adams, added another 10 points to his first round score and now has a good lead over second placed Richard Pimlott, who added to his round one score. Dominic Bray moved into third spot, followed by defending Odam champion, Dan Boxall.
Round 1. Run on the Wildhill circuit; a bit short on riders due to a clash with our Spanish training camp. But those few who made it to the start line benefited from the easy points on offer. New member, Bryne Adams made the most of the opportunity and kicked off his season with 10 points, followed by Richard Pimlott and Steve Gee.