Monday 3 August 2015

August heralds august performances for The Engine - Race Reports

National 25 - 2 Aug 2015
The opening weekend of August saw riders in action across a couple of events, one of which was Sunday's CTT National 25 mile time trial championship near Marlow, Bucks (2nd Aug 2015).

Martin Jones in action at the National 25 TT championship 2015- Source TimeTriallistUK
Martin Jones flew the flag for the Team at the Nationals, posting a fantastic time of 54.15 to take 51st place. The defending champion, Matt Bottrill could only claim 2nd spot this year with a time of 48.24. Ryan Perry scooped top honours with a time of 48:04. Martin is the first (of hopefully many) TSE rider to take on the National 25. Results.

Chronos RT 10 - 1 Aug 2015
The Saturday prior to Martin's landmark ride, the team were out in force on Saturday's Chronos RT promoted F2A/10, 10 mile time trial (1 Aug 2015). Steve Robinson set the standard with a 22.15, his third fastest time in 17 years. 

The head wind to the turn took its toll on many riders so strong efforts were needed to reduce time losses in the first half of the race. These outbound  efforts helped riders to then capitalise on any tailwind assistance for the eastbound return leg. David Ledgerton continues to improve and posted 24.20. Roy Robinson was next off and tapped in a rock-steady 26.45, 

Steve 'Oleg' Robinson opening the day's account.
David 'The Ledgend' Ledgerton.
Ox Robinson powering home

A trio of sub-22 minute rides then followed with Sam HayesChris Rimes and Simon Doyle posting 21.06, 21.50 and 21.44 respectively giving the team an aggregate (and winning) 'best 3' time of 1h 04.40.

Dave Wentworth underscored the team's performance with a 25mph-plus ride of 23.20. 

Sam 'Bling' Hayes turning the goldie-looking cranks to be first amongst TSE equals
Buster Rimes back with some block-busting beats
'Speedy' Doyle on the way to a life-time PB.

Mick Hodson of St Ives took the win, with 19.57.

Building on success
Sam Hayes' ride was his second quickest at the distance ever, Simon Doyle shaved 5 seconds of his lifetime PB (set in 2014). Chris Rimes' time is even more impressive as it his first competitive race for several months. Welcome back Chris aka Buster Rimes!

Images courtesy of hedge-row raider and all round good-guy Davey Jones.

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