Tuesday, September 19
We put on another great event this weekend on Saturday at the Bowl with an individual time trial and criterium race and then a mens and womens road race on the East Claydon course on Sunday.
Saturday presented a bit of a challenge with the weather - frequent showers and downpours etc with Sunday being blustery but a lot drier.
The results will be posted on the British Cycling website very soon and we'll add a link when they are ready.
As usual we could not put on such events without the planning of the organising team and the wonderful support of members as course marshals and helpers. On Saturday we had a total of 18 members turn out to help and as we had to shorten the criterium course we were able to stand some down early. Results Base managed the chip timing for us as the men had a three stage event.
On Sunday we had the mens event (4 laps @15 miles) in the morning with over 75 riders and the womens in the afternoon (3 laps) with 35 riders. The mens race stayed together for the first three laps and then 2 riders got away on the last lap and made it to the finish. The womens race started to drop a few riders but kept a significant bunch together for most of the race which was pretty good going as they had the more blustery and wet conditions.
On Sunday we had another 32 members/ helpers to put on the event so you can see it is quite a resource stretch. Thanks of course to all the members that helped and in particular Phil Ashbourn and Graeme Church who stayed on to help Sunday for the pm race. Graeme might have regretted his decision if some thoughtful passer by had not stopped to pull his car out of the ditch! Thanks also to Andy Fitzgerald for helping for the first time.
Paul and Emily Moon helped with the lead car communications with Emily receiving high praise from the Commissaires for best marshal update communications!
Marshals always tell me they have enjoyed helping so if you have never tried it why not give it a go next time.
Being a marshal gives you time to chat to other members that you may not always see as you often have 30 minutes between laps. Two members that met for the first in the morning putting signs out found they both live in Leighton Buzzard and have a common working interest in Luton Airport!
I found out from Bart (Our Dutch World Champion) that his Dutch friends thought he had retired early when he told them he was marshalling this weekend as most marshals in Holland are drawn from the pool of retired members - would that we had the same resource.
Some pictures below from the event (none for the womens event yet) including the 3 NEG motorbike guys who help to manage the event