Close times, but Blaine Carpenter again fastest at 20k TT

The club’s penultimate 20km time trial of the year attracted a healthy 37 rider field on a dry, but breezy evening. Again the K4/20 course had to be shortened by about 400 metres owing to the ongoing road works near the finish at Bretch hill.

Close times were the order of the night, with just 12 seconds separating the first three riders. Following on from his win two weeks ago, 18 year old Blaine Carpenter again set the fastest time of 27.45, although due to the conditions this was 1 minute 20 seconds off his previous time. Just 2 seconds behind was visitor Nick Gardiner, with Simon Bull a further 10 seconds back in third.

Completing a good night for youth, young Lydia Watts was the fastest woman home with an excellent time of 30.02, putting her 8th overall. Annie Heaney was second on 32.02 and Denise Shepherd third on 32.43.

Adding variety to the TT was the appearance of Brian Reid of Golden Age Cycles on a tandem, with the power behind the pilot Anna Trear – a first in recent history, setting a target time for the course of 44.44.

Top 12 Results: 1.Blaine Carpenter: 27.45,  2. Nick Gardiner: 27.47,  3. Simon Bull: 27.57, 4. Darren Alexander: 28.54,  5. Ben Heaney: 29.19,  6. Stuart Quick: 29.25,  7. Lee Heron: 30.08,  8. Lydia Watts: 30.02,  9. Mike Kirby: 31.07,  10. Pete Norris: 31.10,  11. Daniel Roberts: 31.49,  12. Annie Heaney: 32.02