Club 10 mile Time Trial on the Pretty Corner – Holt Course; Tuesday 23 August – Bruce Williams
Pleasant weather conditions greeted the 20 or so riders participating in the club 10 on our usual B10/5 course on Tuesday evening – a pretty good turnout considering we are nearing the end of the club season.
Good times were recorded by Chris Skinner, a regular and welcome guest rider at our time trials and NNW’s Aiden Bond, separated by just 5 seconds (in Skinner’s favour) with times 21.49 and 21.54. In form and improving Mike Padfield set another pb test of 22.43 suggesting that he will challenge the fastest riders next season.
We again had 4 or 5 riders from Tri Harman (ex police officer and experienced triathlon coach Mark Harman is also NNW club coach) and Teresa Harman also achieved a personal best. Karl Read, who has dome some good times recently, was looking keen and determined before the time trial, but had a mechanical problem on the start line and, as they used to say years ago, failed to trouble the time-keeper (being a DNS).
Charlie Nurse got a convincing win, however, coming home in an excellent time of 20.58 a good margin of 51 seconds over the next rider. This, and the excellent time he produced in the club Hilly last Sunday – in very windy conditions – suggests that Charlie is close to his earlier season best form after his summer vacation, which will help him in 3 open events in September in which he is competing.
On Saturday 3 September, the NNW will have a team out in the TeamVeloVelocity open ‘25’ on the fast Newmarket A11 course (the E2) which is quite an achievement for the club, certainly not a common occurrence for us. Aiden Bond and Karl Read, both with pb’s of 53 minutes, Karl having set his on this course earlier this season, should be joined on the start line by Charlie who got his entry in just before closure. Charlie has a pb ‘25’ time of 50 minutes, set earlier this season on the Norfolk (Morley) A11 course, but rivals that he usually beats have recorded faster times than this on the E2. These are the vagaries of time trialling. Riders like fast times and pb’s but, in addition to form (which is itself a fluctuating thing) it depends on the course and the day. There have been a couple of fast days on the E2 this season so, if things go well, Charlie will be hoping to end his season with a new pb.
Prior to this, a couple of NNW riders are in the VC Norwich open ‘10’ (with a full field of 120 riders) to be held on Monday so good luck to Henry Woodley (this is his second open event ever and just over a week after his first, the VC Baracchi ‘50’ on the Bungay course last Sunday) and the omnipresent Karl Read. We did not see Henry this Tuesday, suggesting that he may have been shattered after the ‘50’, but he is a triathlete and they are supposed to be tough.
Talking of tough, and luck, the chief marshal was alone and un-aided for this club time trial but fortunately was in good time, able to get the mountain of cycle event warning signs that we now display around the course out well before the first rider. With the plethora of signs on or around the Holt roundabout turn, the whole area is becoming a bit of a mobile billboard. Quite a few motorists including coach drivers give me friendly waves at the roundabout these days, even if some of them have not a clue why I am (on a weekly basis) standing there, or tying things to various posts, and one or two kindly souls wonder if anything is wrong and if I need help? Who knows, possibly I do, but not in the way they might imagine. Many have tried and failed before them.
I did not have to speed in the car or frighten Mike P this time around but, worry not, I will have something else up my sleeve for him in due course ! Unfortunately, it will not be at the Fun Day as this correspondent will be overseas for much of September.
After the TVV ‘25’ referred above, Charlie’s final two open events for this season are the EDCA ‘30’ and the late season CC Breckland ‘50’ where he did his pb (one hour 47 minutes) last year, which are both on the Morley A11 course, a good local course but not reputedly as fast as the E2. Hopefully one or two more riders from the NNW will also enter these events in order to have a chance for the team. There will be plenty of entries (but not full fields) for these two events, but not very many strong team entries, so you always have a chance.
‘Heads Up, Rear Lights on and Race Safe’ – best luck to all
|23/08/2016||10m TT B10/5|
|CHRIS SKINNER||Pedal rev||21.49|
|JALI PACKER||Pedal rev||22.43|
|PHIL WATKINS||34 Nomads||23.25|
|LUKE PETTIT||Wyndy Milla||25.04|