A strong wind blowing off the North Sea made for heavy going on this exposed course. Only 5 riders came in under the hour including Martin Taylor of VC Deal with a winning time of 0.57.23. Sydenham’s Paul Bellamy and Alastair Rutherford managed 1.05.11 and 1.05.50 respectively.
Dave Twin was the only Sydenham entry in the KCA (Roy Enfield Memorial) 50 on the Q50/1 Harrietsham course. Conditions were once again bright but colder than the previous morning. Dave did a 2.10.48 and in the process picked up the Singer Trophy (This being the new nominated event following the cancellation of the KCA event on 08/06/03). The event was won by Dave Kendall of Finsbury Park C.C. in 1.57.51.
On Saturday 30th August 2003 four members of the club rode the 34th Nomads 10 on the Q10/19. Conditions were bright but a slightly chilly. The times were Derek Taylor 24.06, Dave Twin 23.00, Alaistar Rutherford 23.43 and Dave Fleming 23.41. Mr Fleming being very please with his result considering be had only picked up his new Time carbon bike the previous evening. The event was won by Paul Mill of Team Edwards in 20.05. Sean Yates was second with 20.20 after riding a 117 inch fixed!
A stiff breeze from the south west led to few riders recording improvements on PBs on the F1B course on the A1 between Tempsford and Baldock. The impressive winning time of 51.55 was posted by Sam Barker of API Bikes, although 3 minutes down on his current best time. Alastair Rutherford, the only Sydenham rider, was disappointed at not beating the hour with 1.00.13.
On Saturday 2nd August Paul Bellamy and David Twin rode the Catford Open 25 on the Q25/9 Harrietsham course. On a very hot afternoon Paul recorded a very respectable 1.02.11 (on a road bike without tri-bars) and David did a PB for the course of 59.32. The event was won M. Taylor of V.C. Dealin 56.26.
Mark Yeulett recently rode the Bermudan National 25.75 TT and narrowly missed out on a podium spot coming in 4th. Read the full report here.
Richard Hallet, Luke Evans, Paul Bellamy and David Twin travelled down to Hampshire to try a different course. In blustery conditions their times were 1.03.24, 1.03.36, 1.02.35 and 59.07 respectively. The overall winner was James Gilfillan Primera-Bournmouth.co.uk in 55.36.
On Sunday 6th July Dave Mulford, Bob Loader and Dave Twin ventured up into Essex to ride twice round the E72/25 course in the rather damp conditions, only to find that due to road works the course was changed. Dave Mulford punctured and after getting back on the road decided to call it a day. Bob did a 2.21.34 and Dave Twin did a personal best of 1.58.03. The event was won by Alex Higham of Cambridge University CC in 1.51.43.
On Sunday 29th June 2003 Richard Hallet, Luke Evans, Paul Bellamy and David Twin rode the Clarencourt 4-up Team Time Trial on the GS/498 course in Surrey. After 38 miles of reasonably smooth riding on road bikes over this sporting course, the team produced a time of 1.32.03. The event was won by a Gemini/Poshbikes combined team of Chris Parlett. Chas Hollosi, Kevin Tye and Andy Meilak in a time of 1.25.55.
On a chilly but bright morning a trip down to Romney Marsh produced different results for the two Sydenham riders who took part. Alastair Rutherford produced another P.B. with a time of 1.02.09, while David Twin somehow managed to go off course and ended up with a time of 1.08.10. The event was won by Stve China, Interbike RT in 54.09.
Matt Lucas was the sole representative for the Sydenham in this event. Having made an attempt to get across to two leaders that had gone away early on Matt was unfortunately stuck in no-mans-land between the buch and the leading pair for two laps before eventaully being caught by the bunch. The remainder of the race was a frustrating affair with very few riders being prepared to work. Another two riders clipped off in the last lap, and Matt proved his sprint in the Handicap Event was a one off, managing 3rd in the sprint from the main group, for a position of 7th overall.
On a bright but very blustery day three members of the club made up part of the full field of 120 who attacked the conditions. Dave Mulford did a 27.26, Dave Twin a 23.00 and Alaistar Rutherford did a PB of 23.58. The event was won by Michael Hutchinson in 19.33.
Riding the first Surrey League Handicap event of the season proved a good outing for Matt Lucas. After being set of in a strong group that worked well together, assisted by the race being cut by a couple of laps due to fading light, the group managed to hold off the chasing group but also caught everyone infront. In very untypical style Matt proceeded to win the event from the small bunch sprint!
With the club 2-up trophy up for grabs, two teams ventured down to the Loxwood area of Surrey to ride a new 34.3 mile course for this event. In fresh conditions Mike Thorogood and David Twin came out on top with 1.28.56. Alaistar Rutherford and Kevin Cocklin recorded 1.30.28, which included a 1 minute late start. The event was won by M. Sinnott and B. Molloy of Epsom CC in 1.19.41.
Thanks to the various members who came out and helped with the smooth running of the event in the absence of John Tully through illness. The conditions were once again sunny with a light wind at the start of the event, which gradually got up as the event went on making the last stretch from Leeds to the finish very hard. The club was represented by Tim Morton 1.07.07, Alaistar Rutherford 1.03.53 and Dave Twin 1.00.57. It was won by Martin Taylor of V.C.Deal in 57.59.
Matt Lucas and new member Paul Bellamy rode this event on Sunday in chilly and blustery conditions. It was good race with plenty of action , click on British Cycling Report for the full story. After being involved in a break from the opening lap Matt eventually finished 6th, and Paul came in a very credible 18th, pretty impressive for someone riding their first ever Road Race!
Matt Lucas rode this event which took in 5 laps of the Benenden Curcuit in magnificent sunny conditions.Read the British Cycling report for the full story.
The club was well represented with 6 riders taking part on a rather breezy, bright Saturday afternoon. These included new members Michael Molyneaux and Paul Bellamy who recorded times of 26.39 and 25.20 respectively. The others were as follows; Bob Loader 29.02, Mike Thorogood 25.26, David Twin 23.46 and Tim Morton 25.43. The event was won by Nick Gardiner timetrial.co.uk rt in 21.38.
Richard Hill, Mike Thorogood and David Twin started their 2003 season with a third place in a time of 1.04.26, picking up KCA bronze medals in the process. The event was won by the V.C. Deal trio of Malcolm Whitehead, Chris Bax and Martin Taylor who recorded a time of 1.00.27. The conditions were bright and sunny, but a little chilly following the early frost. The wind was light until near the end of the event.