THE SECOND Stratford Cycling Club time trial and the first in the Roadmans Series took place on the Aston Cantlow K25/11.2 course last Thursday.
The Roadmans event does not allow the use of aero bikes and kit and the technical 11.2-mile course also makes it a challenging ride.
Pete Ward again proved his good form is returning by winning the club event in 28.15, closely followed by Nick Green in 28.23 and Johann Breytenbach in 28.28.
Other results were as follows: Mick Stallard 29.05; Robin Corder 29.14; Martin Millington 29.24; Carl M Taylor 29.58; David Griffiths 30.14; Adrian Osborn 30.38; Nigel Humphreys 30.44; Keith Walton 30.46; James Fidoe 30.49; Tim Print 30.50; Mark Lampitt 30.58; Brett Green 30.59; Paul Freeman 31.07; Nigel Jones 31.12; Stephen Eggleton 31.23; Mervyn Mutton 32.00; Chris Huxley 32.22; Will Osley 34.02; Ashley Mason 34.28.
Once again second claim rider Tony Kiss of Performance Cycles recorded the fastest time of the evening with an impressive 26.50 and Thomas Lane (NFTO) posted 30.37, closely followed by Colin Fulford with 32.19.
Second claim riders Ian Heming and Rosie Armitage (Echelon-Rotor) chose to ride the event aero and recorded 26.06 and 28.27.
RELIABILITY Run organiser Wedge Adams has recently handed over a cheque for £426 to Peter and Vicki Heywood at the Home Guard Club following the event in aid of the Air Ambulance.
Peter told club members about the latest venture called ‘Children’s Air Ambulance’ which concentrates on collecting children already in hospital and delivering them to specialist hospitals anywhere in the country. This service is currently run exclusively from Baginton.
The club has several reasons to be grateful to the Air Ambulance, as members Wedge himself and John Mehan have both been recipients of the service.
FOR the older but still very keen racing cyclists over 40, there is a special series of age-related races in which Stratford CC have several active members.
Some of Stratford Cycling Club’s veteran roadmen made the short trip to Pinvin to take part in the LVRC weekend-long races.
For some it was their first of the new season and in the 40-plus race Tim Print – in his second season of racing – finished 20th in the chasing pack after missing a break towards the end of the race.
Merv Mutton and Warrick Fuller rode the 55-plus race, which was raced at a fast pace from the off with all breaks closed down, and both Stratford riders were in the thick of the action until a sole attacker rode away from the pack, leaving the rest to sprint for second spot.
Both riders contested the sprint, with Fuller taking fifth and Mutton – returning from a crash last year – finishing eighth.
In the 60-plus race Keith Walton was looking to regain the form of last season when he won a stage race in Sardinia.
Once again in this race all attacks were closed down and, with 16 riders left in the pack, it came down to a sprint in which Walton took sixth.