The second time trial of the series was held on a warm evening with not too much wind, ideal for time trialling. The field was huge, 83 riders in total and a great turn out from the women with 15 of us. As usual the ride to the start involved that great long hill that’s exposed and always a bit breezy but once down at the start I’d come accustomed to the traffic on the dual carriageway and was ready to go. The race got off to a great start with everyone reporting a really fast ride to the turn, I think I averaged 26mph so felt certain that a PB was on the cards. After the turn the road is a bit draggy and it became apparent that we’d had a lovely tailwind out so had to push hard on the rolling terrain to keep the average as high as possible. Everyone I spoke to after said the same but even still it was a night of PBs, mine being 11 seconds off a long standing 9 year wait!
The most heroic ride of the night went to Jose Gilbert who despite crashing at the turn, finished the ride only to discover later that she had broken bones. I hope she is recovering well and that we see her back out soon.
Results are below with fantastic times from the fastest women beating many of the men.
Well done Vicky Gill who took the win! Ayse in second put in another good result to add to the series, with her two previous wins!
1 Vicky Gill North Devon Wheelers – Southfork 22.34
2 Ayse Vahiboglu Exeter Wheelers 22.46
3 Crystal Spearman Scuderia 23.19
4 Zoe Betteridge North Devon Wheelers – Southfork 23.45
5 Rebecca Timothy Revo Racing 24.39
6 Weibke Reitz 1st Chard Wheelers 24.47
7 Becky Smith Revo Racing 25.00
8 Jacky Rice Okehampton CC 26.05
9 Pippa Wheeler Exeter Wheelers 26.09
10 Sally Edeny Revo Racing 26.39
11 Nicola Noble Plymouth University 26.48
12 Josephine Gilbert VC St Raphael 27.07
13 Nik Rorke Exeter Wheelers 27.17
14 Pipa MacDougall Tavistock Wheelers 28.08
15 Lindsay Hobbs Tavistock Wheelers 29.46