It didn’t seem a fast evening and the wind was no help being a northerly into the riders faces on the uphill return. Greg Smith led the field home, returning in 23:35, a 3sec improvement. Others to beat their base times were Andy (32s), Bob (14s) and Hugh (2s). So, Andy bagged 10 points; but it’s Bob with his third 9 points of the series who is now the biggest threat to points leader Ian who had a bad night on the A1000 being more than a minute off his usual pace. Andy is slipping through with two maximum points so far and will be challenging for the Odam Trophy if he completes the series.
Greg leads the scratch race with his potential rivals Gray, Julian and Simon taking care of business elsewhere. Will they make a late charge?
As usual, all results are subject to review; complaints in writing to Santa at the North Pole.
Standings after round 5.
Twelve at the Odam this evening. A cold and windy night for mid May saw a strong headwind down towards Hatfield. Greg put in a great ride to come in 51 seconds ahead of myself followed by Bob a close 7 seconds later. A first ride for John Sorzana and good to see Steve Gee who’s been absent with family commitments for a while.
It was very close for top spot on points; Andy just nicked it with a 7sec improvement, a mere 2secs better than Bob’s 5sec faster than last week; they were the only riders to beat their base time. Ian still heads the points list, scoring in all three rounds to date, but Bob is looking very strong and I can see a season long tussle with those two worthies plus Ian and Greg. We also have Honor who has 10 points from her only outing so far, and that’s an average of 10 points per ride. Can she keep it up and join the boys?
Standings after round 3.
After a very, very wet day that indicated an event cancellation was a possibility, skies cleared late afternoon sufficiently to see 15 members roll up at the A1000 start. They were rewarded with a dry but chilly run and finished with just about enough light to ride home without too much concern.
Honor, Gray and Greg benefitted from their 2017 Odam absences allowing the Wild Hill base times to secure them some early season points. Honor did ride in 2017 but went off course and therefore was still on a ‘novice’ base time for this year; 10 points to her then. Bob McNaughton improved significantly from 2017 and earned a well deserved 9 points. Ian Burns defended his table topping ride from last week with another improvement and 8 points for a total of 18, 4 ahead of Darren. Chris took (and posted) some pics.
And from Simon.
A great turnout tonight for the second Odam of 2018. The forecast for a clear evening came good as 15 signed on for 10 miles of pain on the A1000. Gray showed us the way with a time of 23.09 followed by Greg with 23:54, fresh back from showing us all up in Spain.
Standings after round 2.
First round of the 2018 Odam was blessed with a dry, but cold evening on the A1000, that saw seven ‘Parkers’ reporting to the time keeper (a promising start to the season). Also in attendance was Club President, Norman Gardner, complete with camera and lots of encouragement.
Ian Burns started proceedings, returning in 28m 42s, but first past the finish was Hugh Vivian, having caught Ian on the return leg. Darren Raynolds is first to head the leader board for 2018 and the only one to better his 2017 time.
Round 2 is next Wednesday, 2nd May, at 7:30pm.