4 3C Riders another county, 3 personal bests and a broken saddle. Thats right it was mixed fortunes for the 4 3C riders who braved the high end competition presented to them in West Sussex.
The A27 Fontwell course hosts only one open10mile time trial per year and always attracts top riders from across the South. Indeed Tour de France stage winner and renowned professional power house Sean Yates is amongst previous winners.
This time around it was the turn of prolific time trial winner James Copelandto take the honours in a blistering time of 19 mins 25secs no mean feet on a far from perfect evening.
First 3C rider to meet the time keeper was RichardBradley. Richard put in a superb effort starting near the beginning of the field to record the clubs first personal best time of the evening for 3C. His tIme of 22:40 was definitely no slouch's ride, and based on training from riding to work and leading club social rides definitely shows potential and a ride to be proud of.
2nd pb of the evening came from Nick O'Hara who confessed his previous best stood from the same event some 19 years earlier.
Someone should point out that if he rode more of these events he may not have had to wait so long!
Nevertheless, O'Hara's time of 20:39 could only give him 11th position so closely was the race contested. Just over 1 minute covering the first 11 riders.
Ian Sherrin gave 3C yet more to celebrate with a personal best time of 22:56. A magnificent effort from the likable and committed clubman. Again showing immense potential and natural ability Ian squeezed this ride in between leading club rides and trips abroad following his passion....bikes! Fantastic effort.
Not enjoying the forray into West Sussex quite so much was 3C's stalwart timetrialist Martin Balk. Riding strongly and looking to complete the set of 3C results Martin narrowly missed injury when his saddle failed and partedcompany with his bike at about 8 miles. No injury just frustration and Martin cagded a lift back to the .HQ with a Marshall....bike racing.
We should spare a thought for the 5th 3C rider Phil Butchers who was forced to withdraw from the event as he is still nursing cracked ribs from a spill racing some weeks ago at Winchester. Come on Phil get well soon!
So a mix of results but no doubt the 3C Cyclexperience riders are putting the club name out there. Excellent work to all riders!