Monday, 12 December 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
After suffering somewhat in the early season Dave has really found his form at the end of the year, and looks to be going into winter training in great shape!
Sam stormed the course in 36:42 to take is highest placing of the series with 9th. Paul King was victorious in his battle with Steve Robinson, finishing in a superb 38:49 to beat Steve by 41 seconds.
In the overall standings for the season Sam finished in 11th with Steve in 20th place. Steve also took 13th place in the short distance championship.
Friday, 23 September 2011
First home from the Team was Rik Palmer who finished 18th with 23:13. Ride of the day arguably goes to Dave Wentworth who was only just behind with 23:45 and 25th place. David Ledgerton recorded 26:47 and Chris Parkes unfortunately punctured.
Sam Hayes and Steve Robinson tackled the course on the tandem and set a new PB of 21:31 to take 2nd place in the tandem event. As this was only their 2nd race it suggests the target of the 30mph 10 next year is achievable. Just needs a good winter!
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Although he didn't find the course totally to his liking David rode well to record 1:00:32 for the hilly 20 mile course to take 19th place in his age group.
Rik was in fine form to storm round in 23:20 to take 7th place and score the highest solo placing for the team in an open this year. Dave Wentworth wasn't far behind with 24:33 to take 19th spot.
Monday, 29 August 2011
This season it would seem that if if an event has a Team Sales Engine rider in it then there is a high chance it will be glowing a gale!
Four of the team made the ludicrous 6 hour round trip this weekend to ride the Tem Swift 10 on the hallowed V718 just outside Hull. The course has always been talked of as one of the quickest in the country, and from the results of the day there is no doubt it is rapid.
Sam Hayes was the first rider from the team to race in the morning, overcoming the 20 mph winds to come back with a storming 22:22. Rik Palmer was up next and returned with a fantastic 23:02, followed by Steve Robinson who clocked his 2nd fastest 10 in the last 10 years with 23:35 and finally Paul King with 24:31.
Given the strength of the wind on the day it suggests that all four riders can re-set their PB's on the right day, so no doubt there will be more trips to Hull in 2012.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
The lumpy and completely traffic free course presents a pretty unique challenge as there are fast descents on narrow roads with a high number of riders on the circuit placing an emphasis on bike handling as well as pure speed.
On the day Steve took advantage of the good conditions to take 21 seconds off his previous best time to record 33:43 for the 12.3 miles to finish 62nd out of the 165 competitors.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
With one round to go Rik Palmer is in 5th place, Paul King is 7th and Steve Robinson is 9th.
All three will miss the final round at the end of August due to being in action at the Team Swift Charity event in Hull, but should all still be able to finish in the top fifteen overall. After the team win in the second round of the series it has been one of the best events for the team this year.
On the 9th July Rik Palmer and Dave Wentworth competed in the Beds Road CC 10 on the F1. It wasn't the best of days but Rik grabbed a superb 19th place with 23:29 closely followed by Dave who recorded 24:00 to get into the top 30.
At the Verulam CC 25 Chris Hartley was in action and rode well to record 1:04:16 on a tough day.
Rik and Dave returned to the F1 for the Hitchin Nomads CC 10. Rik went slightly quicker than earlier in the month with 23:25 for 20th place while Dave slipped back slightly to 24:19 to finish 33rd.
At the end of the month we had five riders in action at the third round of the Victoria CC 10.2 on the E1. On the best day of the three so far Rik Palmer was again the teams quickest rider with 24:48 for 20th place. Ride of the day goes to Paul King who was just 12 seconds behind Rik to take 22nd spot. Steve Robinson was next with 25:38, David Ledgerton clocked 26:57 and Chris Parkes enjoyed his first outing on the tough course with 27:41.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
As it turned out the event wasn't quite as fast as hoped but Rik still managed to clock the fastest 10 time of any Team Salesengine rider this year with 22:05 and Chris clocked his 3rd fastest 10 ever with 23:33.
Top rides from both lads!
Meanwhile Paul King had driven a total of in excess of 400 miles to try for his 10 mile PB on the Levens course in the Lakes District. War and dry conditions promised a good performance and PK managed a rapid 23:16, which was just 18 seconds off his lifetime best.
Rik Palmer led the team home with 24:50 and was closely followed by Paul King with 25:30 and Steve Robinson with 25:35.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Chris Parkes made his debut for the team on Saturday in the Northampton & District 15 on the N1. Although he may not have been completely satisfied with his time of 41:59 it was a great start given the conditions, and he will no doubt be flying by August.
Sam Hayes was quickest of the team with 36:11 to take 19th place followed by Steve Robinson who clocked 37:30 to pip Rik Palmer by 5 seconds. They took 26th and 27th place.
This all meant that Sam has consolidated his 4th place in the overall for series and Steve has climbed up to 9th.
On the Sunday morning Sam then competed in the Beds Road Spoco 10, which he won in 23:59 to put him 30 seconds clear of the rest of the field. Top form Sam, well done!
Meanwhile, across in Cambridgeshire, Dave Wentworth and Chris Hartley were doing battle with the conditions on the (occasionally rapid, but mostly windy it seems) E2/25.
Chris was the quickest with a storming 1:00:57 (his 4th fastest 25 ever) whilst Dave was copping the full force of the wind and rain to record a soaked 1:02:30. Top times from both given that it was a long way from a good day out there.
Sure this wind will die down soon chaps :-)
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Dave Wentworth was also in action, and managed to continue his run of strong form to lead the team home and pip Chris by a single second with 23:20.
Frustrated rider of the day award goes to Rik Palmer who was on for a short 21 minute ride which would have put him right up there in the results, only for a puncture to scupper him with a mile to go. Despite crusing in on a flat tyre he still recorded 23:23 to put all of the team within 3 seconds of each other!
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Chris Hartley travelled all the way to Hull to have a go on the infamously fast V718. The strong wind meant a PB was unlikely, but Chris showed that he is getting his form back with a strong 24:09 which is his fastest of the year and less than a minute away from his best ever. More to come this year you feel...
Dave Wentworth should have been tackling his first fifty in decades, but roadworks on the course meant it was shortened to a 25. Despite the wind Dave still blasted round inside the hour, clocking a fantastic 59:45.
Rik Palmer was the third team member in action, tackling a lumpy 25 on the country lanes of Cambridgeshire around Gamlingay and Wrestlingworth. Rik rodfe well and lopped a full 556 seconds off his course PB to finish with 1:02:10 and take 24th place in a highly competitive field.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday afternoon saw four members of the team competing on a flat, rural course at Lamport in Northamptonshire.
Quickest home was Sam Hayes with 24:49 to narrowly edge out Rik Palmer with 25:09. This was good enough for 19th and 21st place. Paul King abnd Steve Robinson continued their close battle with Paul this time taking the honours with 26:18 and 29th place closely followed by Steve in 26:34 for 33rd.
This was a 25 second updating of Paul's previous best, which was set on a much better day, surely proof that he has the form of of his life and will be further updating PB's as the season goes on.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
Steve Robinson suffered his first bad ride of the season in the same event to finish in 53:55 for a very disappointing 47th place, his lowest placing in an N&DCA event.
Despite his hard ride on Saturday Sam then went on to race again on the F1 25 mile course on Sunday. His finishing time of 59:05 may not have been as good as he hoped, but shows that even on his bad days he can still post decent times!
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
It was a mild morning with a cross tailwind on the key part of the course which meant fast times all round. But the amount of time the pair took off their previous best shows that they are going into the season with really promising form.
Next up for Steve & Paul is the Icknield hilly in 2 weeks time, which will also see Sam Hayes in action as well.