Mr Anton reports……
Steve chalks up yet another convincing win on the BEC CC open 25 on the G25/53.
Despite the warm and quite windy conditions he won by 41 secs. Perhaps it was the borrowed disc wheel that made the difference, though don’t tell Carla. Oops, too late…… 😉
Angie was the fastest lady with a very credible 1:5:12.
Our Webmeister Mr Hardisty, clocked an excellent 1:8:15 on his maiden open 25. You can only get faster Ben.
Mr Blackmore was our second fastest rider with a 57:42 proving that his gentle ambling around our hilly courses has only been a ruse.
3rd fastest was Mr Bashford with another excellent time of 1:1:32. Ted didn’t make it and with Richard W on the sidelines with a broken collarbone, that completes the scores for today.
1st Steve Dennis East Grinstead CC 52:38 2nd Mike Coyle VC Etoile 53:19 3rd Chris Birch East Street Cycles.com 53:27 4th Keith Coffey BEC CC 54:17 5th Tim Stevens 34 Nomads 55:13
Steve Dennis writes…
It just goes to show what type of events people want to ride these days. The start sheet for the Bec CC 25 on the 16th of July listed 111 riders compared
to last weeks 100 mile event which could only boast 40.
With a first man off at 06:31, the early starters faced near calm conditions (not quite – Ed.) on this Broadbridge Heath – Crawley based course. Ange Nainby was the first of the Grinnies to face the time keeper. She returned with a respectable time of 1hr 5mins 12secs. Next up was Ben Hardisty, riding a rare open event, he returned in 1hr 8mins 15secs.
By the time Paul Blackmore rolled up to the start line, a nagging north – easterly wind was starting to get up, which made for tough going in places. He posted a creditable 57mins 42secs. Number 42 on the list was poor old Richard Woodward who is sidelined with a broken shoulder. Ironman triathlete Kevin Bashford, off no.58 came back in 1hr 1min 32secs.
So with Ted Boorman a non-starter also, it was all left to Steve Dennis to alter the result board, which he did by producing his 3rd fastest ever ride over 25 miles to win the event in 52mins 38secs. He beat long time rival Mike Coyle of VC Etoile by 41secs, and relegated Portsmouth TT specialist Chris Birch into 3rd spot 9secs further back.
Steve has to admit a bit of cheating on his behalf as he was using Mike Anton’s disc wheel, for which he owes great thanks (and probably half the prize money)!!
The trouble is that he now has to convince his wife that he now needs one!