When the going got tough, the tough got going for the club’s opening TT of the season – a five mile Hardride from Stockerston to Medbourne.
Twenty-two riders braved the cold and v. gusty conditions to tackle the hilly course.
With just a couple of hundred metres of flat before the left turn up Knob Hill, it was gritted teeth time as the riders slogged their way into a block headwind all the way to Hallaton, before some blessed relief on the homeward stretch to Medbourne.
Matt Plews posted the quickest time of the day – recording 16.07; followed by Jon Durnin and Nik Kershaw.
Linda Hubbard was fastest lady in 18.47 (despite a recent bout of ‘man flu’ – her words). She was chased home by Claire Waterfield and Gill Postlethwaite (both on road bikes).
Quickest road bike times on the day were Austin Smith (18.13) and Ian Waterfield (19.02).
Next Saturday sees the second Hardride from Medbourne (sign on from 1pm for a 2pm start), with a 9.5 ml circuit taking in Stockerston, Horninghold and Hallaton. The long-range weather forecast indicates that a freak tornado will see riders assisted by a tail wind for the entire distance.
Riders who would like an early start number can email the TT sec firstname.lastname@example.org and he will do his best.