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Coalville Wheelers open 10

On a bright, cool and very windy day, seven VCLE riders turned up to the timekeeper to undertake Coalville Wheelers 10 mile Time Trial.  A new course for 2014 with the start just outside Long Whatton village, almost 6 miles from the HQ provided a good opportunity to warm up.  The first six miles were really difficult, a tough headwind and almost 300 feet of climbing including the tough hill out of Diseworth, the reward was a very fast but brief 4 miles to the uphill finish with a strong tailwind. 

This event provided a first time introduction to time trialing for two VCLE riders, Ross Perks and Richard Burnett and a return for Adam Huels who hasn't ridden one since he was 15, that was some time ago!  VCLE riders times were...
Ian King          23.41 - good form on the day and looking for more to come.
Greig Burt       24.05 - looking good for Matlock CC Hilly next week.
Alan Whyte     25.03 - also looking good for Matlock hilly next week.
Adam Huels    27.10 - one to watch for this season, a very good time on the day.
Ross Perks      28.20 - excellent result for a first TT on a tough day and sporting course.
Brian Peto       28.49 - not looking good for Matlock Hilly next week!
Richard Burnett  37.03 - Excellent result and baseline for Richard who has only just got back into training two weeks ago.

The event was won by Matt Sinclaire of Lutterworth Cycle Centre Race Team in 22.14 with just two seconds over James Perkins on Club Zenith CC in second.

Matlock Hilly 25
VCLE had five riders enter the Matlock Hilly 25.  Never favoured with a large number of entrants due to the very tough nature of the event there were just 32 riders entered overall.  A frosty start to Saturday soon turned into a nice, sunny but cool day, the wind was slight but  seemed to be a headwind all the way round! 
A day of mixed fortunes for VCLE riders, Greig Burt was DNS due to illness, Alan Whyte did a super ride (on his road bike) of 1.14.48 for 11th place and just missing the £6 for 10th!   Jon Singfield's first race in 25 years saw him starting 6 minutes behind Brian Peto.  Jon achieved a very respectable 1.22.16 and pulled back almost 5 minutes on Brian who achieved 1.27.08, who also missed the 60+ prize by just 29 seconds. 
Gemma Scott had a bad day, rode almost all the uphill parts of the course, to puncture at 18 miles.  After sorting the puncture the subsequent chain tangle proved too much to sort out and Gemma was a DNF (with very black and oily hands), shame about that but still a good training session under the belt.
Quote of the day from Alan...  'Ouch'!

Still to be officially announced, though it seems the winner is likely to be Charles Taylor in 1.01.14!  Blimey, how do they do it!

All in all a good day out for all.


Joe Kirkham won in France at the weekend
Copyright Velo Club Long Eaton 2013
Copyright Velo Club Long Eaton 2013