The first round of the Club Turbo Championship (held on Friday 4/2) saw James Hopkins take an early lead in the competition after a storming ride over the 4000 metre event combined with a good time for his 1 km ride. His combined times for the two events (6 mins 35 secs) put him in a strong position in the competition over second place Tim Sales with Allan Hopkins around ten seconds behind Tim.
Richard Sanders, our new Social Secretary had put a lot of effort into organising a good competition including persuading members to allow their cherished computerised Tacx turbos to be used for the event. All riders had to compete over both distances with most choosing to ride their own bikes. Of both events, the 4000-metre ride was by far the toughest and all of the riders seemed to discover new thresholds of pain – though James did look remarkably comfortable during his ride!
Also remarkable was seeing Richard Sterry attaining 80 kph (albeit not for the full 1000 metres) during his ride on the shorter, sprint event and seeing Richard Sanders fighting gamely to optimise his time on his 4k ride whilst still suffering the very real and significant after-effects of a very nasty ‘flu bug.
A very enjoyable cycling competition for a cold and dark winter evening with two more rounds to go – on Feb 18 and Mar 4.
As it’s apparent that some riders/members will not be able to make all three of the rounds, Richard is proposing that the best results from two out of the three rounds will count. This means that anyone who hasn’t yet entered will still be able to do so and have a good chance in the competition. So get training and come along on the 18th for the next round.