With that in mind, on Saturday 11th April, 5 of UOBCC’s finest testers headed to Oxfordshire for the BUCS 10 mile TT championship. Having had a pessimistic course preview mid-week from Sam, a feeling of trepidation was prominent in the contingent. The conditions on paper, however, looked good: 9km out east and 7 back, with a strong westerly wind bringing hope.
Confusion amongst the timekeepers up on arrival reported that the course record had already been broken by the time we arrived: someone, and not Ryan’s eternal man crush in the form of Edmund ‘Bradberg-Watts’ Bradbury had gone below 19 minutes.
Of course it was not to be, and we soon went to concentrate on out own tasks in hand. Andrew, with an earlier start time than the rest of us, left the HQ to ride over to the start, we went about warming up. Steadily, we followed him, and rediscovered him far too quickly; he managed to take turn around at the wrong roundabout. Becca “Heart-rate” Stubbs and Tom “I’ll give it a go” Harrington, both riding their debut time trials, soon followed, set free from the starting gate like lions in the Colosseum. Onward they went, navigating the course somewhat more successfully, and powered on their respective ways.
The wind was picking up all the time, and sure enough, by the time the start time rolled around for Chris “Colour Scheming? Never heard of it” Brasnett, everyone was flying along the course. Ryan “mega-watts” Witchell started his determined chase 4 minutes later, tearing up the road. Andrew “Navigation” Kirby was given a second chance several minutes later, and shot off, resplendent in his new aero guise.
Everyone gave it their all, leaving nothing out on course. The tailwind out was taken full advantage of, before the pain and suffering of the headwind on the way back took its cause. We reconvened at the HQ, all immensely pleased with ourselves. Highest placed was Ryan, with a highly respectable 21:23. Andrew out performed all expectations, and stood in disbelief at his time: 21:51. Chris post man-flu, put in a pleasing enough 24:08. Tom put in a sterling effort to get 24:43 in his first ever TT, whilst Becca arrived back after 26:33 in hers.
UOBCC continue their upward trend in time trialling prowess, and things now look ahead to the forthcoming 3-up and the 25, as well as to the further future. Thanks goes to Ryan for organising, and of course to all those who helped with transport on the day!
Words Christopher Brasnett.