Monday 27 April 2015

N&DCA 2015 Round 2 wrap - 25 April 2015

The team was out in strength again in defence of their 2014 team title in the Northampton & District Cycling Association (N&DCA) 10 mile time trial.

11 of the team's scheduled starters participated in the competition but Hugo Hocknell was ruled out due to illness. This event was based on the N1/10 course near Sawtry. A rolling "B Road" with numerous round-abouts made for good competition.

Leading the team in what looks like to be a strong competition was Andy Roffe. 35 seconds separated him from Martin Jones, Sam Hayes and Chris Rimes. Peppering the top 20 with four riders was no mean feat given the gusty conditions.

Andy Blower made his debut with the team, recording a rock solid time of 24m 58s.

Snaps courtesy of Davey Jones (as ever).

Andy Roffe on the way to a brilliant 8th place.
Martin Jones hot on the heels of Andy for 2nd spot in the team

Chris Hartley sporting a new Cervelo P3
Roy "Ox" Robinson

8th Andy Roffe 22.10
11th Martin Jones 22.14
13th Sam Hayes 22.27
18th Chris Rimes 22.45
34th Simon Doyle 23.49
36th Steve Robinson 23.57
48th Andy Blower 24.58
68th Chris Hartley 26.07
77th David Ledgerton 27.25
97th Stuart Hocknell 31.39
99th Roy Robinson 31.47

Full results: TT Forum

The event was won by friend of the team, Simon Norman of Arbis-Colbert, with a time of 21.09.

Sunday 19 April 2015

St Ives CC 10 - 18 April 2015

"The Engine" revved on at the St Ives CC 10 mile time trial on 18 May, 2015. Pick of the bunch was Chris Rimes' top-ten placing in a very strong field. Chris recorded a time of 22.28.
Chris Rimes blasting to a top ten
Hot on Chris's heals were Andy Roffe and Sam "Bling" Hayes with shared honours in joint 12th place (22.40).
Andy Roffe looking narrow and fast on his way to 12th place
Sam Hayes trying to find that crucial second to pip Andy Roffe. An honourable draw!
Dave Wentworth was in the top half of the results board with a time of 25.11.

In the tandem event Steve Robinson and son, Ben, took another 1st place with a time of 26.41.

Thanks to St Ives CC for promoting the event.

Results are available at VeloUK.

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Easter Wrap and N&DCA 2015 Round 1 Preview

To wrap the Easter activities up Christ Hartley competed on the F11/10 course in Hertfordshire to tap out a time of 24.46. The newly chipped road surface on the course was not deemed favourable, let's hope the road surface beds down as this is one of the quicker courses in the region.

Looming large on Saturday 11 April, 2015 is the Northampton and District Cycling Association's (N&DCA) Round 1 time trial. Based on a circuit around Middleton in Northants, riders will face 18.7 miles of technical "sporting course" riding. With TSE taking up 10% of the assembled field the team will be optimistic in terms of bagging points against the Association's other clubs in the 10 race series.

Martin Jones and Hugo Hocknell take the first two seeded places (#10 and #20 respectively), Chris Rimes, Andy Roffe and Sam Hayes take "5" places. Stuart Hocknell, Simon Doyle, Steve Robinson and rookie Steve Franklin make up the rest of the squad.

I don't know what this line up means to our competition but it certainly scares the hell out of me.

Monday 6 April 2015

Team SalesEngine promote successful open time trial - Easter 2015

Saturday 4th April saw the Team move in to organisational and logistical duties with its promotion of the 10 mile time trial near to Cambourne, Cambridgeshire.

A strong field of 89 riders were announced in the preceding week, with local hot-shots Justin Layne (CC Ashwell), Simon Norman (Arbis-Colbert) and Dave McGaw (Cambridge CC) catching the seeder's eye. 

It was favourite and top-ranked Jason Bouttell (VeloVelocity) who triumphed on the day. Going off at #90 meant that suspense was building at the HQ to see who would prevail. It was to be Bouttell's day, being the only rider to break the 30mph barrier (19.57) to nudge ahead of Layne and McGaw who tied for 2nd place (20.04).

Katja Rietdorf (Team Milton Keynes) captured the Ladies' prize by over a minute from Francesca Rust (VeloVelocity). Team Velovelocity also captured the "fastest three" team prize by 1 second over St Ives CC.

Thanks go to the time-keepers, marshals, HQ staff and unsung heroes and heroines who made the race possible.

Full results can be found via Cycling Time Trials.

Sunday 5 April 2015

More top tens - Martin Jones and Sam Hayes are flying

It's still early season, but the Team Salesengine boys are already racking up a stack of top ten placings.

Martin Jones kicked off his season at the Skegness Wheelers 25.  After several weeks of illness Martin wasn't sure how well his form would hold up, but proving that whislt form may be temporary, class is permanent, he stormed round in 1:00:20 for 6th place overall. Suggests that podiums are not far away...

Meanwhile, further in land three of the team were tackling the 19.3 miles of the Icknield Hilly around the tight, twisty and lumpy lanes of Buckinghamshire.  Sam Hayes lead the team home with a strong 46:40 for 7th place overall.

Sam Hayes 
Next up was Steve Robinson who clocked 50:25 for 25th place followed by David Ledgerton with 59:40.

David Ledgerton

Steve Robinson