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Result - Club Event - 03/09/20 - R10/22A

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I'm posting this nice and early to draw your attention to the revised start time this week (and next week will be even earlier).

Well, we move into Autumn whilst hoping for an Indian Summer (oink, oink, flap, oink, oink, flap) and this week sees a slightly earlier start time of 18.45hrs. Some of you are coming into form whilst some of you have peaked early and posted some excellent times. It's all good but take a look at the rankings table and target the chap/chapess one or two rungs above you :evil: !

The essentials;

1. We meet up at the Neath Canal Car Park in Resolven for signing on from about 18.00hrs and closing at 18.30hrs for a prompt 18.45hrs race start.

2. You have to be member of the PTW or an existing second-claim member of the PTW. There is no 'single race' fee - you have to join the club as a first-claim member or be an existing second-claim member. Regretfully, we have now closed the doors to second-claim membership.

To clarify, there will be a maximum of 28 riders taking part. Getting there early does not guarantee that you get a ride but getting there late guarantees you won't!

Most of you now have a race number that you will keep until the end of September. There will be no facility for choosing/changing numbers. Race numbers have been washed, dried in the sun and randomly placed in a tight-fitting box. One of the two officials will then draw off the uppermost number from the box. This is only in the unlikely event of over-subscription where first-claim members get initial priority and we then get into a luck of the draw scenario.


Advance Notice - Next week is a prompt 18.30hrs start time.


Our Hill Climb weekend is on Sept 26th/27th. Two contrasting events over two days.
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« Last edit by Alfie on Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:35 am. »
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Forecast: A cool-ish 15C, light cloud and a 15mph westerly 'breeze'...

we've had worse ; )
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User posted image2020.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A quality field of twenty riders was the perfect number on a cool and windy evening as it meant no one was riding in the dark... and it also meant that they all fitted on the one time-keeping sheet! The wind direction meant that it was the usual battle to the turn and I'd estimate the stiff breeze wiped about an average of 40-45 seconds off rider's time but, incredibly, some riders did actually improve their times.

Rob Lucas got us underway but it was Bill Gannon who got home first with an excellent short '24' and getting close to almost taking a minute off his previous SB. Hollie had a bit of a 'bad day at the office' and probably gave Dan a bit of a 'bad evening in the car' on the way home. Only joking Hollie. Rolling back the years was John Pritchard, off nice and early and catching a couple of rabbits on his way to a 23:37 and whilst he was reasonably happy with his ride he was disappointed that there was no vet on standard prize! Well done Pritch.

Heath Williams chipped a couple of seconds off his SB whilst Karl Rees (our very own Alaphillipe) knocked out an excellent 24:32 on his road bike. In midfield, we had a friendly head-to-head between John Aspell and Graham Rogerson with both riders going forward with new SB's and John winning it by 6 seconds. One second ahead of John Aspell was Hugh Pascoe with a 22:56 but the midfield win went to Graham Howell with a 22:53 (also a SB).

At the sharp end, these tight margins were nothing compared to the 'dead heat' between Neil Seaward and Kyle Jones who both recorded 22:18 but Kyle edged it by 24/100ths of a second from Neil who, to be fair, got very close to Rod Hicks this week. Compared to previous weeks, Martin Sage was just off the pace a bit but Mike Hall is ending the season in fine style knocking out a short '22' on a much poorer evening to last week's long '21' to take the PTW points win. Our winner this week was, once again, Andy Davies whose 20:36 reflected the unfavourable conditions by about the aforementioned 40-45 seconds. Alfie's 'man of the match' is a toughie this week (my shortlist reads; Pritchard, Seaward, Hicks and Hall) but for the huge jump forward on SB on a windy night I'm going right back to the first rider to cross the line and awarding it to Bill Gannon. Well done Bill - let's have a '23' next week please.

Apologies to Mike Hall for getting his time wrong on the handwritten sheet. When I did the autosort thing seeing him in 10th place caused me to revisit my schoolboy maths!

Thanks to Will and Dan for their help on the night.
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