Round 7 of the Interclub TT was a blustery occasion, with forecasts predicting south westerly winds of 11mph gusting to 22mph, actually felt more like 22mph constant wind, C’est la vie!
That being said, it didn’t deter the RCC & FWCC riders who instead prioritised the pursuit of team points over PB’s. As an added bonus the event welcomed the largest number of independent private entries to date. We hope we did you all proud and we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Right! Down to business…
1st across the line was Runcorn’s Jonny Okell with a 23:44 closely followed by team mate Michael Leadbeater with a 23:56. Third place was Wheelers’ Al Orme at 24:14. Independent entrants Tim Pugh and Dean Smith split the RCC & Wheelers pack at the top with 24:23 and 24:25 respectively.
On a night when most people were 20/30 seconds off their PB pace due to the strong wind; Wheelers’ Stuart Lloyd put in the top 10 performance of the night by going the other way and taking 30 seconds off his previous PB with a superb 24:40 to take 6th.
Clearly Stuart had eaten his 3 Shredded Wheat that morning, and it paid off. He was pipped to the overall performance of the night by RCC’s Mark Hampson who clearly chose Ready Brek over Shredded Wheat and took 47 seconds off his previous PB with a lung busting 28:50.
Mark was witnessed adopting an intriguing, yet clearly effective aero technique on the run down the finish line. The ‘Handiback’ manoeuvre. Yes that’s right, one hand behind the back. One for the future we think as it obviously reduces the profile to the wind for those last minute ‘Marginal Gains.’
Rounding out the top 10 places were Laurence Logan (Independent) with a 24:49, RCC’s Paul Cheers on 25:09, Wheelers’ Dan Walker on 25:31 and Steve Girt (Independent) on 25:34, chapeau gents.
For the women’s category, RCC’s Amy Connor returned this week to claim the honours with a fine 26:58. RCC’s Jess McCann scraped 2nd place by 1 second with 31:50, just ahead of fellow RCC team mate, junior, Kathryn Schofield at 31:51.
In the riders overall points standings, RCC’s Rob Green is tied with team mate Michael Leadbeater on 50 points, very closely followed by Wheelers’ Al Orme on 48, who has RCC’s Jonny Okell breathing down his neck on 47 points. With holidays, work patterns and other outside influences that will undoubtedly be a factor, it’s all to play for folks.
All riders welcome, whether club members or not 🙂
The Interclub Hatton 10 Time Trials is an open event for all to come along and try every Thursday evening during the summer. The last event of the season is Thursday 31st August. There are some lovely fast sections on the course while being a technical course with 3 right angle turns which you have to navigate twice. Come along and give the Hatton 10 D36 course a go. £4 for non RCC / Wheelers members, and £3 for members. Sign-on before 6.45pm, first rider off at 7.01pm, stay inside the white lines and we have a no-helmet no-ride policy.
The end of season Interclub Handicap event will be run on the weekend of 16/17 September. Further details will follow in the coming weeks but we’re looking at 2pm on one of the days and we’ll be looking to lay on some food and soft drinks during the end of season presentations. All are welcome, but entrants must have ridden at least 2 events to record a time for the handicap.
Independent non RCC/FWCC club members are more than welcome on the day, however, the handicap awards will only be open to Frodsham Wheelers and Runcorn Cycle Club members. All being well, we will look to have a number of award categories available, so please encourage all ages and genders to take part.
Special thanks to Tony Schofield (Photographs) and all the other fabulous volunteers for making the events happen. Watch out for that Peter Astle fella though, he could do some seeeeerrrrrrious damage to your PB ambitions with those crutches. 🙂
Enough of my chatter… Chapeau to all involved and off we go onto Round 8. See you all next week!
Interclub 10 Rider Times – 20th July 2017