On Friday night, Tom Bolton set out to take the most of the lovely evening to have a crack at a race and did very well. He writes about the race here.

Newbury RC organise a club time trial every week and are traditionally ten miles up and down the A4. This week however, the course was a 4.3 mile TT with an average gradient of 2%, finishing on top of Walbury Hill. Too short to be a proper TT but too long to be a hill climb; it was an interesting course to race on.

After riding out to the HQ in lovely sunny weather, sign on was from the boot of the organisers car. A couple of 10 second sprints to wake the legs up and I was ready to start. The first three miles were almost but not quite flat, which meant you could just about grind it out in the big ring. The last mile however was up Walbury hill with a max gradient of 12%. Everyone seemed to be in the pain cave on this last steep section.

At the finish line I managed to max out at 199 bpm and thankfully didn’t puke. I did a 15.01 which was good enough for 2nd place. Back at the HQ I learnt that I was only 6 seconds off the win. All in all, a good evenings racing!

Congratulations Tom! Strong ride and great to have another good result for the team this week.

Full results here - http://www.newburyrc.co.uk/prod/php/getresult.php?aid=3780&routine=getresult