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.