This week's report is a touch thin I'm afraid:
"The annual Wheelers 25 mile time trial promotion was enlivened by World Champion, Mark Cavendish, being spotted training in the area behind a motor scooter ridden by fellow Olympic Gold Medal Winner and former professional – and local resident - Rob Hayles. Twelve members of the club rode the event, organised by Steve Jackson. Steve Burke was the fastest Wheeler with his 55.35 giving him sixth place. Rising “fast men” Mike Stretch and Matt Duck were next with 57.50 and 58.53 respectively to give them first and second place in Category C. Other riders were Adam Bailey, showing the effects of a long lay off with 1.00.56, Marcus Fielden 1.01.40, Matt Lawton 1.01.47, Steve Jackson 1.05.21, Andy Jackson 1.10.32 (and winning the “not being caught” prize), Clare Logan 1.11.30 and Fred Wardle 1.11.51. Lynne Skellern was unfortunate to puncture within a mile of the start and Roger Wrenn also failed to finish. Thanks go as always to the many club members who gave up their time, and stood in cold and damp conditions, to help make the event a success.
Wednesday evening saw the first round of the season long 10 mile time trial competition. The event was won by Chris Quin, who showed that he is more than just a talented road race rider, in 22.20. Second was Matt Duck in 23.42 and third was paracycling World Champion and Olympic rider, Colin Lynch in 24.11. Claire Harbottle (34.25) got the better of Sue Street (37.30) to be the fastest lady. Past winner of the series, Alex Taylor made a welcome return to competition with 27.18."
Judging by the posts on the Forum, I must be the only member of the Club NOT to have seen Mark Cavendish training in the area. I even went out into the Peak District today in the hope of a sighting: all I got was cold and tired. Some great times in the 25 mile event with Steve continuing his good run of form and Mike and Matt coming on in leaps and bounds. Sorry that I couldn't be there.