Monday, 29 August 2016

Saturday 27th August 
What a great day this was for The Engine.  Sam (Bling) Hayes got his gold chain flying in the Bossard Wheelers Event on the F11/10 to a PB of 20:20. A great reward for all the effort of the last twelve months. Nigel Hale also stormed round in 20:20 and in the same event, after a 2 month rest, Chris Hartley proved he has not forgotten how to race by finishing in 23:37.
A real shame for Gavin Ashfield that back pain caused him to DNS as it looks as if it was a pretty good day!
On the same day, different event, Steve Robinson rode to 3rd place in the Hitchin Nomads 10 on the "classic" course with 25:51. Considering that his on-going muscle injury was causing him to back-off every time he got to full power in a big gear that was a good ride from Steve.

Monday 29th August 
A slower day, but still great performances from the TSE squad in the VC10 event on the F11/10 course.
Nigel Hale was flying again and only went back by 8 seconds from Saturday to finish in 20:28. Dave Wentworth had hoped for a 22 but only just missed it with a 23:12 and James Gomm, in his first ride on what can be a tricky course finished with a good time of 23:21.

Friday, 26 August 2016

In the absence of Simon Doyle, who has gone to France on holiday (Skinsuits are OK Speedy but we hope you have left your Birkini at home!) here is the roundup of what the team has been doing over the last couple of weeks:

Stephen Franklin -  is really on fire this year and recorded yet another PB on 11th August on the K11/10b with 5th place and a 23.01 (oh for being 2 seconds faster!!) and then a week later on the K11/10d, what Whiskers says is a "stupidly hilly course", he scored a 6th place ride with a 25:35

Gavin Ashfield - Well what can you say about our very own Fireman Sam who has virtually the whole season off the bike with illness and then on 11th August, storms round the Hemel Hempstead 10 in 23:24!! He then follows this up a week later on the same course with a 22:48. Gavin mentioned that he had to "squeeze into the TSE skinsuit" so we must assume that it squeezed the parts other Skinsuits can't squeeze and the pain forced him into such a fast pace!! Nice one Gavin.

Andy Roffe - reported that he was drinking beer and eating pizza in France, but we have no idea how much was consumed or how long it took

Dave Wentworth - rode the Coventry CC event on the K11/10 on 13th August  and returned what he described as "my best ride in months" to record a 23:49. Thanks Dave for a useful reminder that "best rides" are not only about doing PBs!!

James Gomm - despite the early start and very miserable looking face he was showing at the turn on the F1b/25, finished with his quickest 25 for 3 years and a course PB of 1:00:48. Great ride James and further proof of how well you are going this year.

Let's just hope that the F11 event runs over the bank holiday weekend as it looks as if there could be a rash of PBs which will set the team up well for the NDCA event next weekend.

The Ox.