The penultimate TT on the Grafton Underwood circuit saw David Robinson complete a hat trick of victories, albeit in a slower time than than the week before. James Simons-Boswell took second place, coming in 11 seconds down on the winner in 33:22. Richard Smith was the only other rider under 34 minutes and took third place.
Timekeeper: David Lewis
Assistant: Bernard Smith
Marshals: Tom Bailey, Mick Wood, David Bucknall
Eighteen KCC riders also enjoyed the favourable conditions for the time of year for the first club visit to Broughton for the 10 mile TT. Rob Barker stormed through as the clear winner with a new club record time of 21:55. Rob shaved 4 seconds off his own record. The battle for second place was tighter with four riders going under 24 minutes. Stu Jones grabbed second with 23:24, ahead of James Simons-Boswell in 23:49, on James's first visit to the course. Richard Smith clocked 23:51 and Mark Weathersby 23:59 (taking a sizeable 1min 42 off his PB from last year). Also scoring PB's in the conditions were Mick Prescott, Marcus Buksh and Steve Willis.
Timekeeper: Gavin Hinxman
Slightly milder conditions greeted the 24 riders that took to the start for the second of four evening TT's on the revised Grafton Underwood circuit. Gone too was the Saharan dust and continental smog that affected the air quality the previous week and times were generally lower as a result. David Robinson dipped under 33 minutes and took the win for the second week running, almost a minute ahead of Mark Weathersby who improved his time by 79 seconds to 33:53. Jon Thorne was third again with a 9 second improvement. Sian Edwards swapped running shoes for two wheels and just made the top 10 behind a close battle for 8th place that saw Jamie Stockham pip Al Houghton by 2 seconds.
Fastest on the night was George Fox of 45RC in 31:48.
Timkeeper: Tony Brown
Assistant: Marcus Buksh
Marshals: James Simons-Boswell, Michael O'Connor
Just one second separated the top two KCC riders at the end of the first Grafton Underwood club time trial of the year. The course has been changed this year extending the distance to 13.2 miles over safety fears due to a deteriorating back road between Slipton and Sudborough. David Robinson took advantage of the new course to finish in 33:11 taking top spot ahead of Tony Brown's 33:12. Both Jon Thorne and James Cook broke the 35 minute barrier to clock 34:12 and 34:44 respectively. Joel Lewis (Arbis Colbert RT) was the fastest on the night by nearly three minutes in 30:12.
Timekeeper: Adrian Read
Assistant: Alan Houghton
Marshals: Mark Evans, Bernard Smith, Pat Houghton
The second club TT event of the year saw 14 club riders and 9 guests tackle the undulating 20.8 mile course that is an amalgamation of the Old and Lamport courses. All were pleased to be greeted by calm, dry and relatively mild conditions for the 9 am start. First place was again a battle between Rob Barker and Tony Brown, with both finishing in less than 50 minutes. Rob edged out Tony with a time of 49:15 to Tony's 49:28. Taking third spot was Stu Jones in 51:21. Fastest overall was Tim Smith (Welland Valley CC) in 47:08.
Timekeeper: Bernard Smith
Assistant: Michael Prescott
Marshals: David Lewis, Eddy Clutton, Tom Bailey
Superb conditions met the riders for the first Club event of the year at the Weekley 10 mile Time Trial. The fine, dry and warm conditions ensured a good turn out of 16 riders. The results were a reflection of the conditions. Tony Brown set off three minutes in front of Rob Barker and recorded 23:23 a new club course record. The result was short lived as Rob then stormed through in a time of 23:04, dropping the club record in the process. The record was previously 23:43 and was set by Rob back in 2002.
Top ride of the day however went to Stephen Colbert (Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT) who posted 22:28, a new course record, the previous best being 22.55 recorded by Jason Bates (Team Milton Keynes) in 2011. This was despite Stephen falling from his bike during the warm up, luckily suffering only grazes.
Marshals: Jon Thorne
Christmas is just around the corner and the Boxing Day TT is hot on its heels. Liz and Michael Church are promoting the event on behalf of the 45 Road Club
9.4 miles around the Old circuit (NC/15). It will be a 10.30 start, signing on, tea and cakes will be at Walgrave village hall.
Start and finish will be at the green triangle in Old just past the old village hall. So ride through the finish then along the lane back to Walgrave for the perfect warm down.
Of course all this depends on the weather, which for the last two years has been favourable.
It's an excellent way to burn off the excess Christmas pudding or just drop in for a cuppa if you are out for a ride.
Morgan Lewis and James Brackenbury produced fine rides on the F15/10 at Brogborough yesterday to help the club juniors close in on the Junior Team award in the NDCA Time Trial Series.
Having reconnoitered the course the week before, Morgan produced a personal best of 25:59, improving 4:29 on his time of 12 months ago, and James, competing in his first 10 finished in 27:30.
The Hill Climb Championship marks the end of the club racing season and nine hardy souls turned up to tackle the climb to Nevill Holt, once from Drayton and once from Medbourne. The riders were outnumbered by spectators, keen to see the pain etched on the climbers faces as they struggled to the summit. Mark Weathersby was undeterred by the presence of the current champion, John Hardwick, and former multiple winner Rob Barker as he took a 13 second lead in to the second leg. He was fastest on that ascent, too, and emerged the clear winner with a combined time of 4 minutes 20.2 seconds. Rob Barker finished second, maybe regretting his decision not to ride fixed, and Mark Evans came home third.
Timekeepers: Bernard Smith, Tom Bailey
The final event in the Evening Series saw a field of 40 tackle the 9.4 miles Old circuit, the prospect of a long off-season tempting a large number of club riders and a few fast guys from other clubs. Tony Brown took the club honours to underline his superiority in the Evening Points competition, winning in 21:37, his fastest on the course this year. Mark Gray made another of his rare appearances and took second in 21:53, 3 seconds further under 22 minutes than his previous outing. The next closest challenger was Matt Tyrell more than a minute and a quarter back, but three seconds ahead of Chris Duckworth and Mark Evans, who finished joint fourth.
Fastest overall was Tim Smith of Welland Valley in 20:19, which may well be a new course record.
Timekeeper: Gavin Hinxman
Assistants: David Robinson, Michael Prescott
Marshals: Stu Jones, Pat Houghton