The new TT season is up and running, with 26 hardy souls contesting round 1 of the Club Championships on Saturday (24th Feb), which also doubled as the first of three events in the Hardride Series.
Interestingly, almost half the field competed on road bikes (more of which, later).
Held on a challenging and hilly five mile course from Stockerston to Medbourne, reigning champions Matt Plews and Linda Hubbard kicked off the defence of their respective titles with victories in the men’s and ladies’ events.
Plews blasted round the technical course in 14 minutes 16 seconds; with Phil Rayner the best of the rest in 15:04.
Linda Hubbard was the fastest lady at 16:53; with Jennifer Clegg 20:25 and Lorna Marlow 21:39.
Full and official results are available online here. With thanks to club member Mike Ives for publishing these with his technical wizardry.
In the road bike competition, Jason Williams was quickest in 15.35, followed home just one second later by WVCC junior Ed Grandidge. Jenn Clegg leads the ladies’ road bike competition.
Speaking of which, a quick reminder of the road bike rules and boring admin stuff:
- It is the rider’s responsibility to indicate at sign-on that they are competing on a road bike.
- No pointy hats, skinsuits or aero shoe covers (normal ones are fine if it’s cold, raining or looks like rain)
- No disc or deep section wheels
- No more rules. Just go with the spirit of the competition and a shiny new trophy could be yours
And speaking of trophies, the next round of the championship takes place on Saturday 10th March with a 9.5 mile Hardride – starting at Medbourne; up the hill and down dale to Stockerston; and then back home via Horninghold and Hallaton – see you there!
Matt Plews on his way to victory…
Linda Hubbard showing us how it’s done…