For some years now, Team Grumpy has used the early season 2-up '25' event organised by Port Talbot Wheelers to gauge our form coming out of the off-season. For family reasons, Robert was unable to ride the '25', but the same club was organising a 13 mile event later in March, with a 2-up section. So we decided to enter that event instead.
Team Grumpy's races in Wales follow a stereotyped pattern: On Friday evening we eat curry (this time we visited a local restaurant rather than a takeaway), on Saturday we eat hi-carb dinner, we race on Sunday morning, then have a really good lunch after that.
This event was held on the R13/S course, which is effectively a nice sporting course comprising the second half of the course usually used for the '25'.
As a 2-up team, we rode pretty well, with neat changeovers. Our speed was probably compromised by this being an early season event.
In the end we posted the fastest 2-up time, though it has to be noted that there were only four teams that started (I believe one rider in the fifth was ill and unable to ride).
Still, a good start to the season. On the downside, I had a recurrence of the blipbox problem where one of the ports stopped working. I eventually had this repaired by the Turbo Trainer Doctor in Aylesbury.
|Position||Machine||Img||First Name||Last Name||Gender||Category||Club||Time||Avg. Speed|
|1||TT Bike||Gerard||Oram||Male||Vet||Bynea Cycling Club||00:33:58||22.964 Mph|
|1||TT Bike||Robert||Saunders||Male||Vet||North Bucks RC||00:33:58||22.964 Mph|
|2||TT Bike||Martin||Edwards||Male||Vet||Port Talbot Whs CC||00:35:12||22.159 Mph|
|2||TT Bike||Stephanie||Waring||Female||Vet||Tenby Aces CC||00:35:12||22.159 Mph|
|3||TT Bike||David||Poole||Male||Vet||Tenby Aces CC||00:40:12||19.403 Mph|
|3||TT Bike||Claire||Thomas||Female||Vet||Tenby Aces CC||00:40:12||19.403 Mph|
|4||TT Bike||Jonathan||Williams||Male||Vet||Towy Riders Cycle Club||00:41:13||18.924 Mph|
|4||TT Bike||William||Butler-Jenkins||Male||Vet||Towy Riders Cycle Club||00:41:13||18.924 Mph|
|DNS(A)||TT Bike||Michael||Portlock||Male||Vet||Merthyr CC|
|DNS(A)||TT Bike||Gareth||Jehu||Male||Vet||Merthyr CC|
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