It was another fast warm evening last week, but we are not sure how well it compared to the previous week.
Trevor Deeble (32.44) came in with a PB by 10 seconds but lost a fair bit of time after a motorist accelerated to overtake then cut in very close and braked before a blind corner forcing Trevor to brake sharply. The motorist then drove relatively sedately for the next mile to Pevensey round about holding up Trevor, possibly as pay back for Trevor holding him up on the flat from the bottom of Wartling Hill? It is frustrating but at times riders have to accept they will loose time to motorists. Stuart Hodd had loaned Trevor his TT bike for few days and although not used to riding it a significant improvement in time had been expected over the already excellent times being done on a regular road bike.
Second quickest of the night, by just two seconds, was Direct Power’s 16 year old Fabien Large (32.46) with a PB by 30 seconds. Trainsharp’s Nathan Russell (33.15) and Malcolm Daly (35.03) set season bests, but Malcolm had dropped his chain and lost time last week so it might not have been a quicker evening.
Gareth Purves (37.49) was getting some TT practice in before Sunday’s ESCA 100 mile TT for which we should have a team of five riders. Rover Kevin Burton (39.25) was a few seconds off the time he set when he last rode our course in 2015.
Pete Hayward (41.29) and Nicky Walker (48.59) both rode their first club TT, although Peter had ridden the ESCA April 25 about five years ago. Nicky took the hills in her stride, riding with a comfortable high cadence, and came pretty close to the time Lands End to John o’Groats (unsupported) rider Shirley York recorded in 2016.
Times for all Ninfield rides this year and season bests (SB) for all comers for the last three years are in this pdf together with course details.