Sunday 27 May 2012

Hugo leads the team home at round 3 of the N&DCA

Hot conditions and strong winds greeted the five members of the Team team at round three of the Northampton and district association event at Lamport in Northamptonshire. The course took the riders round 20.8 miles of tough hills and rough road surfaces.

Quickest of the team (by a huge margin) was Hugo hocknell who smashed round the course in just 51:02 to take 11th place on the day and move him up to 4th in the overall standings.

The race for the next quickest in the team couldn't have been closer with Steve Robinson and Sam Hayes matching each other with 54:53 to share 27th place. As Sam would normally be battling Hugo on time it's a sign of the impact his chest infection has had on his times. Steve's ride moves him up to 16th place in the series from 23rd.

Paul King ran Steve and Sam unbelievably close on the day with his time of 54:55, which will keep him well in the hunt for a top 20 in the overall at the end of the year, and Stuart Hocknell (who gives away 23 years to the next oldest of the team on the day) was next in with his creditable ride of 1:11:27.

Sam competes in the National 10

Last weekend saw the first of the year's National championships take place at Sawtry just outside Peterborough. Only the fastest 150 are able to take part in this annual challenge to see who can come second to Michael Hutchinson, and this year Sam Hayes managed to qualify.

Unfortunately the two weeks leading up to the event saw Sam pick up a chest infection so he went into the event quite some way below par. Whilst most riders wouldn't have made the start line Sam is clearly made of stronger stuff and he got round the course in 25:03 to finish just outside the top 100.

It was a hard day, and Sam's time showed that when fit and healthy he could have made a comfortable top 100 placing, so here's to next year.

Whilst Sam was battling round Cambridgeshire Chris Hartley had made the long journey North to the V718 in Hull. As always seems to be the way when Chris goes to Hull for this super fast course there was a nice strong wind blowing to take the edge off the times. Despite this he rode strongly to clock a course PB of 23:59. Once day you'll get the good day Chris!

Dave Wentworth was the other member of the team in action, this time over at Leighton Buzzard for the F12/10. This was another excellent ride from Dave to finish in 17th place with 24:14 on a course that is notoriously hard to get a fast time on.

Thursday 10 May 2012

Roy smashes his PB at the Cambridge CC 10

A total of 8 members of the team were competing at the Cambridge CC 10 at Cambourne on Saturday, and despite the unseasonably cold and windy conditions there were some excellent rides posted.

Top ride of the day has to go to Roy Robinson who showed yet more signs of ever improving form by taking over 1 minute 20 off his PB to clock 27:50 and bagging third place on handicap into the bargain. Also improving on his PB was Steve Robinson who managed to just beat his Last Three Seasons time by 4 seconds with 23:31.

The gap between Hugo Hocknell and Sam Hayes continues to be a wafer thin one, with Hugo just taking the honours of fastest team member of the day with his 22:46 just edging Sam's 22:48. These times were good enough for 21st and 23rd in a class field that included reigning 10 mile champion Michael Hutchinson.

David Ledgerton also continued his progress as he races his way back to form with a strong 25:22 and Stuart Hocknell only narrowly missed out on his PB on a tough day with 29:17.

In the tandem event Dave Wentworth and Chris Hartley were taking on Kevin Stokes and Ian Marshall who are one of the strongest pairings in the area. Despite riding well to clock 22:52 Chris and Dave had to settle for second place to the Team Milton keynes duo but in only their second race it shows there is more to come.