Paul Blackmore writes…
The Club was out in force over the weekend with the East Sussex Cycling Association 10 and 25 mile time trials, with the 25 being organised by the Club.
For the ESCA 10, we had two riders, Angela Nainby starring with a 24-32 to win the ladies prize. Andy Seltzer got back to serious racing with a 24-01. Winner was Christian Yates in 20-50.
Richard Blackmore organised Sunday’s 25 and EGCC had 3 riders. The race went off extremely well, a chilly and slightly misty morning greeted the first riders at 7.30am, but the sun soon came up offering fairly good conditions.
With Andy Seltzer sacrificing his ride to marshall at the turn, Paul Blackmore was the first EGCC rider to start, returning with 58.22. After a couple of 57s Tim Stevens was the first to get into the 56s, but that didn’t last long as 18 year old Tom Copeland posted a potentially event winning time of 54.34. However Vet Dave Polland, in great form recently winning Rudy Project Series events, beat that with 53.50. Scratchman Mark Winton couldn’t match that but still did a good ride with 55-38.
Of the other Grinstead men, Paul Winkley continued his good form with an excellent 1-02-01 (1-01-59 according to Paul’s watch) and a slightly woeful 1-08-41 from Ben Hardisty who admitted he wasn’t on the best of days. Ride home for you Ben.
Many thanks to all the usual marshalls, namely Tony Horrigan, Chris Daniels, Mick Robinson and Andy. Special thanks also to Bob Houston for his long marshall stint and to Ben Houston for pushing off.
The HQ was packed at the end ensuring the tea ladies were kept busy, thanks to Janet Blackmore, Sue Hook and Lorraine Seltzer. Megan Seltzer ensured a good supply of cups by collecting empties.
Results 1st Dave Pollard In Gear 53-50 2nd Tom Copeland In Gear Dev 54-34 3rd Mark Winton Lewes Wdrs 55-38 4th Tim Stevens 34th Nomads 56-46 9th Paul Blackmore 58-22 Paul Winkley 1-02-01 Ben Hardisty 1-08-41