On the first Sunday in August we held this year's group 50 champs, hosted by the Cardiff 100 milers' event on R50/1b - two laps of a 25 mile loop between Abergavenny and Mitchel Troy, starting at 8:01am.
The weather was overcast though not chilly, and there wasn't much wind. Some riders enjoyed a light soaking at some point during the event, while others missed out completely. The wind seemed to vary in direction between west and north-west, and was quite light.
Various people, marshals included, said it felt like a float day.
But it wasn't, and several competitors were disappointed to find themselves minutes down on their 50 mile times from a few weeks ago. Others however seemed to have found a luckier patch, though there's no obvious pattern to explain why.
As usual, I blame the fickle wind between Hardwick and Raglan.
|pos||bib||firstname||lastname||gender||club||age||VTTA Std||VH||time||VTTA PoS||VHR||Place||SW Group|
|26||17||Andrea||Parish||Female||VeloSistas TT Team||53||02:33:28||00:18:54||2:08:36||24:52||1:49:42||7||Women's Gold|
|11||36||Mike||Hall||Male||Port Talbot Whs CC||52||02:19:38||00:05:04||1:56:41||22:57||1:51:37||8||Men's Gold|
|19||29||Ian||Gibson||Male||Abercynon Road Club||61||02:24:54||00:10:20||2:03:26||21:28||1:53:06||10||Men's Silver|
|29||1||Robert||Jones||Male||Cardiff 100 Miles RCC||69||02:31:30||00:16:56||2:16:29||15:01||1:59:33||17||Men's Bronze|
|17||24||Craig||Patterson||Male||N.E.W.T Newport and East Wales Triathlon Club||42||02:15:29||00:00:55||2:02:39||12:50||2:01:44||19|
As we've become accustomed, lone woman Andrea trashed all the group's men, with Plus 24:52.
Gold medal in the men's event went to Mike Hall, two minutes down on Andrea, with Ian Gibson taking Silver, a further minute and a half back at Plus 21:28. Bronze went to Bob Jones, way down on Plus 15:01.
It's a shame Coronavirus restrictions precluded any mock presentation with dummy medals outside HQ at the end of the event, but if any of the prize-winners would like a real medal by which to remember the occasion, please let me know.