Sunday 7 May 2017

If you want performance get more Watts - Race Round up - 7 May 2017

Lots to report this week, congratulations go to our new recruits Michael Watts and Jerome Watts (not related as far as we know) and Hugo Hocknell for setting a new 10 mile team record.

Jerome was fastest of the trio in the E2/10 based 10 miler (6 May 2017). Jerome's debut for the engine saw him take a few seconds off his LTS pb. He also edged out Hockers by 6 seconds which is no mean feat. Not to be out done, Michael riding his first E2 event notched a long 22. Between the three of them they took 16s off the previous 10 record that was set by Hocknell, Doyle, Hayes on a blowy day in March 2016. It'll be interesting to see how long it lasts! Good to see a 20 on the board and more people knocking on the sub-21 mark. TSE again punching above our weight, quality over quantity and all that. It's certainly going to get a bit punchy over the warmer months as folks focus on their target events. Pictures from Davey Jones, who else.

Times: Jerome Watts 20.57, Hugo Hocknell 21.03, Michael Watts 22.24

Jerome Watts on his TSE debut
Michael Watts resplendent in our Ellmore Clothing 2017 kit
N&DCA Rd 3 2017
Meanwhile, around the lanes of Northants, the N&DCA squad took part in round 3 of this year's contest (6 May 2017). Sam Hayes was 9th overall with a time of 23.29. The Lamport based N3/10 course is similar to the E2/10 in that it is made of tarmac and is 10 miles long. And that's about it. Sam's time was a really strong marker and it'll be good to see where he sits in the pecking order on the faster courses. The winning time was 22.03. Sam and Ric had put in good times in the local Hitchin Nomads 10 earlier in the week. Sam claiming the fastest time on the Southill course for 2017 (and the win).

Helping to keep Sam motivated were Steve Franklin who continues to dazzle (24.47), Chris Rimes and Steve Robinson who were separated by 2 seconds (25.11 and 25.13 respectively), Ric Palmer continues to demonstrate that class is permanent by recording a 25.37, Dave Wentworth recorded more points in his tilt at the Masters competition with a time of 27.18, and last but not least David Ledgerton was just outside evens with 30.02. In his mitigating remarks David 'fessed up to racing with a cold plus not having ridden for an extended period. Simon Doyle showed some sense (for once) and DNS'd due to illness. He reckons he'll be back soon, he was observed mumbling something about the 10 mile team record going...

Keep 'em peeled. More news as it happens.

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