Wind is a trial for Bognor’s timed cycle racers

MORE than 40 riders contested a warm but windy ten-mile time trial on the A27 staged by Bognor Cycling Club.

Fastest female Elise Sherwell / Picture by Mike Smith
Fastest female Elise Sherwell / Picture by Mike Smith

Conditions really affected performances with winner Tom Pritchard, of Hampshire Road Club, recording a short 21-minute ride, well off the mark of his previous performances.

With the 30mph barrier not under threat, it was still a rapid performance from Blazing Saddles’ leading lady Elise Sherwell, who borrowed a full time trial bike and sped round in 23min 13sec, almost two minutes faster than the next lady, BRCC’s Kelly Enticott.

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Meanwhile Michael Attfield of the promoting club was fastest junior, partly because Aaron Smith had further mechanical issues with his time trial bike.

Attfield, however, had an excellent week – coming ninth in his first mass-start event at Goodwood the previous Tuesday, a ride that clearly motivated him. As the weather continues to warm up so does the season-long competition, and lighter winds will no doubt entice even more riders to challenge for places and points.

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