SCCU Sporting 10 Report
Amazingly, the event was held yesterday despite snow on the coast at Brighton, 25 miles south and snow in south London suburbs, 15-20 miles north. Although there were some flurries in the morning, traces of snow settled on grass verges but, after a few days of 10-12 degrees, the roads stayed just wet despite 0 degrees and a biting E wind. Snow resumed in full 3 hours after the event, covering lanes quickly.Only 22 riders started out of 69 riders, with many recording personal worsts. Conditions were brutally cold, with some riders riding in thermal jackets. Only one seen in shorts.Result:Mark Smith Crawley Whls. 23 31 despite riding the final half mile on a flat front tyre.Pat Wright Paceline RT 23 33 winner this year of Kingston Whs. 14 + South Downs Bikes 21Lee Kennedy Army CU 25 33Chris Yates East Grinstead CC 27 54Iain Duncan Crawley Whls. 27 58Simon Trehearn Kingston Phoenix RC 27 59Shaun Marlor Bec CC 28 13Mark Wright VC Godalming & 28 17HaslemereJames Cheeseman Crawley Whls. 29 17Robert Royston Sydenham Whls. 29 25Only one other rider inside evens on a course where the course record is 21 28.Ist Team – Crawley Whls., Mark Smith, Iain Duncan and James Cheeseman, 1 20 46.2nd Team – Kingston Phoenix RC, Simon Trehearn, Alex Kew 29 49 and Peter Smith 35 16, 1 33 04.1st Lady – Liz Saul, London Dynamo, 33 44, a para course record.1st Veteran in age groups:40-44 Mark Smith, Crawley Whls. 23 3145-49 Iain Duncan, Crawley Whls. 27 5850-54 None55-59 Chris Yates, East Grinstead CC 27 5460-64 Robert Royston, Sydenham Whls. 29 2565-69 Robin Johnson, Brighton Mitre CC 38 2270-74 David Eccles, Redmon CC 33 4775-79 Mike Morley, Kingston Phoenix RC 44 31Sunday’s “25” this morning was cancelled Saturday in view of forecast overnight snow and minus 2 degrees C.Probably the worst event ridden in 55 years.
Your Freezing Correspondent, Robin Johnson