One club member who always gives us a good account of his racing activities is Stuart Quick. Unfortunately, Stuart couldn’t make our Open TT on Sunday, but he was able to make the trip to Tring to compete in Icknield CC’s 10-mile TT on Saturday afternoon.
Their F11/10 course is fast and runs up and down the A41 dual carriageway, between Tring and Aylesbury. It’s relatively flat and with a downhill section mid distance that you don’t need to come back up on the return. The conditions on the day were good with an easterly wind, which helped on the middle section of the race.
The event attracted a large field of 113 riders and Stuart was joined by fellow club member Mike Kirby.
The first two miles were into an easterly wind and then the first turn point becomes a little tricky as you come off the A41, then have a double roundabout combination to negotiate. Then back up onto the A41, where you can then pick up the pace as it is then about a 5.5 mile run to the second turn, with a nice downhill section in the middle with the wind now helping as an added bonus. The second turn was just a roundabout turn, but after having the wind helping you could feel it right in your face for the return leg of just over 2 miles to the finish.
Stuart finished in a time of 21:05 beating his previous 10-mile TT PB by nearly a minute, a result that put him in an excellent 20th place in this large field. Mike finished with a time of 25:32.
The winner, Keith Ainsworth (Sheffrec RC) set a fast sub-20-minute time of 19:23, averaging nearly 31mph.