Weekend update 14th May

Another busy weekend of competitive action for the velo saw them promote the first of their two open time trials of the season.

Taking place on the flat course on the Isle of Grain, and without the usual strong winds, 40 riders were on the start sheet with separate categories for road bikes and time trial bikes in line with the new CTT guidelines. Nick Fennell (Thanet RC) took the overall victory in a time of 20:24, coming home 30 seconds ahead of Sam Thienel (Elysium Kalas RT) with third place Alex Pearson (Woolwich CC) claiming the final spot on the podium with 21:55. The evergreen Charlie Bruce represented the velo and came home in under 30 minutes for the first time this season with a time of 29:59.

The women’s race saw young gun Emily Tanner (Woolwich CC) take the win on her road bike in a time of 27:09, local rider Debbie Percival (Kent Velo Girls / boys) taking second just 11 seconds behind Tanner. Velo’s Sally Smith, also on her road bike took third woman in 28:15 with another Woolwich rider Rianna Mahoney on fourth.

The Thanet RC claimed their second victor with Paul Burrows taking the win in the road bike category in a time of 22:10, which was also enough to take fifth place overall, whilst the fastest tandem was Anthony Whale (Gravesend CC) and Jeremy Parker (Blue Light CC).

Well done to all those who rode, and organiser Matt Nunn would also like to thank the following volunteers from the velo who marshalled and helped at the event: Rachel Hartridge, David Mackey, Rob Kennison, Rodney Kennison, Phil Booth, Michael Stanley and Kieran Lawlor.

On Sunday road racer Jon Graciano competed in the Ken Wright Memorial Circuit Race organise by the BMCR held in Colchester. Whilst Jon says he is still working on his fitness he still had a good race, taking to the front with two laps to go, and finishing just inside the top 15.

Well done Jon, and thanks to all the organisers at VC Revolution and helpers.

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