“Do you have your passport on you?” It was 4 a.m. on Friday morning outside the YMCA in Redhill. I felt like the Deputy Head checking on pupils before the school trip to France. I was wondering if I should be doing this when I reached Martin. A look of horror crossed his face. A phone call got his wife out of bed to find his passport and bring it to him.
Jon Masters was the quickest Redhill CC rider in today's Robin Buchan Memorial time trial. Competing in his first '25' of the season, Masters sped round the course in 59m 13s for an average speed of just over 25mph.
Three other Redhill riders took part in the event: Claude Lhomme failed to match his previous week's time over the same course; Andrew Murray took almost a minute off his personal best for the course; and Richard Sanders was disappointed to have to retire after a puncture.
Paul Read made his debut in this year's time trial series with an impressive win in Round 7, held on Wednesday 15 June. Read, who is Redhill's current 50m champion, finished in 0:22:42, more than 2 minutes ahead of second placed Redhill rider Andrew Murray.
In the handicap competition, Mike Conway picked up the maximum ten points by beating his previous personal best by 21 seconds. He now moves into third place overall, behind André Roux and Steve White.