Ben Houston writes…
VTTA Kent Group 10 – Q10/1 Sat 22nd July
Christian Yates and Ben Houston made the trip over to Hamstreet in Kent on Saturday morning for the VTTA Kent Group 10 mile time trial on the Q10/1 course, which had attracted a solid field of 90 riders. The course goes through roads used in the KCA 50 and 100 events so Ben knew the roads quite well and Christian had ridden the 10 course once before. On the right day it can be quite fast as there are fewer roundabouts to negotiate than the usual Crawley/Horsham local event and area around the Romney Marshes is fairly flat.
Off early as the first 2 seeded riders we had the distinction of leading the event for a short while until more times came in. Ben recorded 22:05 and Christian 22:20.
At the time of writing not sure of the full result, but top 15 and maybe scraping into the top 10 looked likely for the EGCC riders.
Chris Fennell of Thanet RC took the win in 19:46, holding off his brother Nic Fennell of the same club who did 20:08.
According to locals the course was running a bit slower than usual due to a headwind on the longer section heading towards the coast, in fact Chris Fennell was nearly a minute outside his own course record. Definately one to ride again next year.