NNW ‘10’ mile Time Trial, Tuesday evening 19 April – Bruce Williams reports
25 cyclists, including a number of guest riders from Fakenham based East Coast Riders and a couple from Iceni Velo, assembled at the Thursford lay-by last Tuesday evening for the club ‘10’ that takes place on the A148 between Thursford and Fakenham, facing bright and breezy conditions.
The club again had two time-keepers and assistants at the ready and two marshals reported for duty at the Fakenham (town centre, Shell petrol station) roundabout turn. a busy intersection with traffic heading to and from the town, Kings Lynn and Swaffham.
Fast men expected to do quick times on the day included Charlie Nurse and Aiden Bond both of the promoting home club, with Charlie eager to keep up a good run of winning early season form in both club and open time trials.
Unfortunately, the club event was somewhat over-shadowed by an accident that befell NNW’s David Carrier just after the finish line when it seems that he drifted off the tarmac to the left when his wheel stuck in the soft and muddy verge throwing him forward off his cycle and into the grassy verge, resulting in what appears to be severe bruising to and inflammation of his spine. He was tended on the roadside for an hour before being taken to hospital and, whilst no bones were broken, at time of writing the remedial treatment and recovery period is not known.
Finishing just behind David at the finish line was Richard Herrell of Iceni velo, starting only his third time trial apparently, but a fireman used to dealing with accidents and injuries and qualified in first aid and, by a further stroke of fortune, a surgeon from Kings Lynn stopped in his car shortly after and was also able to provide invaluable assistance. In the end David was treated by paramedics and doctors involving two ambulances with police also on the scene, so every eventuality was covered. Other club members recovered his cycle and belongings and arranged for his wife to be brought to the car and be fully informed.
We take the opportunity to wish David a speedy recovery and to thank Richard Herrell and the passing surgeon for their great help. Evidencing gallows humour that is part of cycling’s long folklore, David enquired at the scene of club officials as to his time for the event and, on being told, commented that he should have gone faster to make it worthwhile. Ah well, there is always another time trial next week or next month.
Back to the action and some good times were recorded by Karl Read (he has already recorded a fast 55 minute ‘25’ mile time on the rapid A11 course based on Newmarket) and Mike Padfield of the NNW, the latter recording a personal best for this course, and by Gavin Barron of East Coast Riders who came third with a time of 23 minutes 17 seconds (23.17). Fastest lady was Louise Marsden with a fine 26.02.
Aiden Bond stormed home in a time of 22.16 which was bettered only by Charlie Nurse winning by a margin of one minute and one second, proving that his blistering early season form is right on the mark. Seasoned competitor that he is, Charlie was still less than pleased missing the course record by a handful of seconds. Ah well, another week and another event.
On to the next club time trial which is the ‘15’ on Tuesday evening 26 April starting at Aylmerton; all NNW and guest riders are, as always, welcome. An update on David Carrier will be available on the club web site / facebook pages shortly.