What a strange year this has been with covid and lockdowns disrupting club events.
For me personally the year started great before lockdown with a mountain bike holiday in South Africa riding the trails around Cape Town and I was supposed to be having a knee replacement in March but that all changed due to covid.
This then got postponed until July, meanwhile I was still able to enjoy riding the bike.
After surgery I marshalled at the club events and I set myself targets to regain fitness, one being the October five mile dash!
After a wet Saturday and the clocks going back, I awoke to a beautiful bright sunny morning.
Twenty riders signed up and I was very pleased to be back amongst them.
From Langton village hall down to the start it felt autumnal and the knee took awhile to warm up, starting near the end of the field it was soon for my time to be called up by Dave.
The first few pedal strokes didn’t seem to bad, then reality set in. I was back racing again and I needed to make an effort into a head wind, fortunately the first mile or so was down hill. From then on the run into Cranoe I tried to maintain a steady pace and I was quite relieved by this point I hadn’t been caught, however as we passed through Cranoe, the sound of carbon wheels as Carl Roberts passed me closely followed by a call of “on your right” Tim Smith passed. Both disappeared out of sight and then I was on my own.
The climb up to Langton seemed to take for ever, legs and lungs burning, passing George relieved to have finished!
So now the hard work starts to return to full fitness.
1st Tim Smith 11:01
2nd Michael Burke 11:13
3rd Matt Plews 11:25
1st Jill Postlethwaite14:13
1st Oli McGinnes 13:57
1st Simon Dixey 12:27
A final thanks to George for the signs, to timekeepers Dave, John, Peter, George and Andrew, all the marshals and to TT secretary Tim for all his hard work.