Brrrr, a bit parky yesterday morning; especially with the customary low-lying mist in the Vale of Aylesbury. We really aren't particularly accustomed to the traditional Time Trial start times.
But wait - lifting the mood; turning up the heat; firing up the afterburners; Berko CC took the plunge and organised their first ever formal race.
|Long Sleeve Skinsuit needed|
|Top Man on the day, trying not to drop it - Ian Baynes|
A standard 10 mile Time Trial distance over a sporting circuit through Mentmore, Wing and Cheddington, it was so close to home it would have been rude not to. And they managed to host the HQ at the Three Horseshoes Pub which made for some highly appreciated Bacon Rolls. Then they had some high velocity music on the startline - highly innovative. Ian reckons he was pushed off in The Ramones. Is that what they call it nowadays?
|Ian's request for the National Anthem left organiser Nick a little uncertain|
On to the race, oh yes it was a TT so no-one attacked or sat in, but it was Dave Hope [Karpet]'s first race for us. Making the transition [so to speak] from another unmentionable discipline, he wasn't too shabby for 8th. The Jason Baran-Knight dusted down his Low Pro and snook into the top 5, but [drum roll] Ian Baynes panted his way round for the win. "It was hard," he said afterwards.
|fastest team. This could be the beginning of a beautiful...|
Well he didn't but it probably felt that way. It was smiles all round at the coffee bar afterwards until he realised (a) that it looks a bit odd cycling to a cafe with a disc wheel on a TT bike and (b) that he should really shell out for team Cappucinos.
So big thanks and well done to Nick Clarke and Berko for adding another local race to the calendar, and for laying on the extras. Here's to next year...