WTTA hard-riders opening event
What a miserable morning for a time-trial.
Sunday 4th March saw the brave (bonkers) turn up at Sutton Benger village hall HQ for the opening event in the WTTA hard-riders series. Heavy rain turning to sleet mid morning must have put off a number of riders and the field of 80 was down by a quarter before the start.
Start line officials described riders shivering uncontrollably as they waited for the push-off. Some rode straight back to HQ and the warmth.
For the serious (bonkers) riders, a run from Kington Langley through the villages to Dauntsey then up Lynham Banks followed by a run to Royal Wootten Bassett. Sharp left turn into a head-wind and a down hill stretch to the bottom of Callow Hill. Up Callow to Brinkworth, Malmesbury then back to a finish at Upper Seagry.
Favorite Jeff Jones punctured on the way into Wootten and got as far as Callow Hill before taking shelter in a marshalls car for the return to HQ.
Back at HQ there was a lot of shivering. Hot tea and warm clothes were essential as riders and marshalls came back cold.
Overall winners were:
- 1st Rob Pears, Bath CC, 00:56:14
- 2nd Rob Lyne, Giant CC / Halo Films, 00:57:48
- 3rd Paul Jones, Bristol South CC, 00:58:57
- 4th Tony Chapman, Dream Cycling, 01:00:47
- 5th Leon Boulton, Bath CC, 01:01:51
First placed Wheeler was Mark Woolford with 01:03:17.
Thanks to Andy Gough for the organisation, the riders for providing the entertainment and all the helpers at HQ and on the road.
Full result sheet attached to the event, follow the link below.