It was a gloriously sunny day, but with still quite a bit of a wind when the four Sydenham riders drove to the event. Ed Rieu and Dave Twin travelling together and of in the last part of the field found it strange that no riders were on the course as they neared the HQ. It wasn’t long before they discovered that the original course had road works on it and the event had been quickly changed to an alternative to give everyone a ride. Recently re-joined member Ian O’Hara was a casualty of this change. As an early starter he couldn’t find the start and this resulted in a late start. Further to that Ian believed he had done about a 58.30 on the new rolling double circuit event but was only credited with 01:00:37 at the end of the event. The other club rider’s times were Dave Twin 1.02.30, Ed Rieu 1.02.50 and Mark Newton 57.47 putting him up in the top 5 and amongst the prizes. The winner was Ben Instone, Scientific-Coaching in a staggeringly quick 52.27.
If getting effectively docked two minutes wasn’t harsh enough, salt was being rubbed in Ian’s wounds as Sydenham narrowly missed out on the Team prize which they would have won by some margin if Ian had credited with his actual riding time.