Well its been a Busy weekend for Sarum Velo Club Members this weekend Firstly id like to congratulate Adam and Chloe all the best for the future from Sarum Velo (check the calendar next time and try and have a wedding out side the Cx Season for the Best Man Alex Watkins 😉 ) just kidding Congrats you you both !
Report from Craig Wallington
Tornado rcc open 10
Craig recorded a 2nd place finish on the sporting 10mile course.
Conditions we not my favourite today with the back roads full of fallen conkers and leaves leaving the road very slippy.
Testing out a different tt bike and position I pretty much bottled every corner loosing lots of time and speed. After the first lap my power was down and new i was way off my best time from April.
I thankfully made it round in one piece with only one scare slipping on a cattle grid.
Back at the HQ I was surprised to have came 2nd being so far off my normal power output.
2nd & 3rd was only spilt by 6 seconds,
1st place creaming the field by nearly 1.50.
All in all well happy with the result and nice to add some points to the sporting tt series that ends next week at the Goodwood classic hilly 28 tt.
Thanks for the report and the picture Craig
Race report from Richard Hamilton
Pimperne RR Report Sunday 1st October
After struggling with cramp last week in the Jurassic Coast race from a lack of riding of late, I felt more prepared after another week’s riding.
The race rolled out from Pimperne on a damp morning for a 56 mile 4½ lap circuit around the outskirts of Blandford Forum with a short climb up out of Stubhampton on each lap. I had somehow managed to position myself towards the back after the roll out which was less than ideal as the pace ramped up for the first time up the narrow lanes of the Stubhampton climb. There was a split in the peloton and I found myself at the wrong side, having to pass several riders to move my way up. At the top of the climb there was around a 15 second gap but luckily myself and another rider worked hard to bridge the gap on the long gradual descent towards Blandford.
I made sure not to make the same mistake again on the subsequent laps and positioned myself much closer to the front. As the laps rolled on there were a couple of small failed attacks from 1 or 2 riders, but with the increasing wind it made it difficult for anything to stick, so I decided not to follow any attacks and conserve as much energy as I could for the aggressive climb on each lap. As the laps passed by, the leading group had whittled itself down to around 20 riders from around 50 starters and I was certainly starting to feel a bit of fatigue in my legs.
At the end of the penultimate climb I felt my quad start to twinge like the previous week and I could feel it every time I got out of the saddle. I was annoyed as I was looking forward to an all-out attack on the climb to finish but now had to stay in the saddle and spin to avoid any cramp.
On the final time up to the finish atop of the ‘Col de Stubhampton’ the group was still at around 20 riders and as we passed the flamme rouge, Sam Culverwell (last week’s 16 year old winner of the Jurassic Cost race) from Guernsey VC attacked hard and no one could go with him. I tried my best but really had nothing left in the legs and again my quad was twinging. I rolled in 9th across the line and really enjoyed my first hilly(ish) road race. It was a well organised race and I recommend it to anyone.
What an epic course lots of ups and downs and round and round mud slippy surfaces to contend with and fans shouting abuse at riders yep it’s cx racing at its best I arrived to the car park Jammed
With cars and vans and muddy cyclists I saw Lindy and David and wasn’t sure where peter was alex wasn’t racing but his dad dave was there eager to support the other riders .
Lindy and peter were off I the next race
The course started with uphill climb and the Hargrove girls took the lead straight away
And went on to dominate the race
Lindy carried on battling her way through the other riders
The race course was tough and hard and took lots of concentration
The race went on and on the last lap I was shouting come on. Lindy and she replied I want a pint I said deal
So she got over the finish line and I handed her a pint of beer well done Lindy hard race and a well deserved beer as she came in 5th senior lady
Next up was David brazier race seniors men
Dave did a few warm up laps ( this put some riders off and they decided not to race) not dave warming up I may add …
the race started off with the favourites going off fast dave was in the main bunch battling his way through the weather as it had changed for the worse fine rain and wind had got up
The course was getting slippy and more and more testing as the race went on fave battled his way
Dave carried on plodding away overtaking riders and getting overtaken himself but also had a few slides in the mud
And at the end after an epic race dave managed to get across the line to a well deserved pint
Well done to all who finished and esp Peter (I owe you a pint peter as missed you after your finish ) that was an epic day weather and course
Thanks again for allowing the riders and supporters of sarum velo.
Racing again next week at a venue near you !