Sorry it is short notice but we have decided due to the high windy conditions it is not considered safe for riders who are out on the school field.
So club will be cancelled for those of you out on the field.
Club night will be as normal for those of you who are on the turbo trainers in the hall.
After a season long competition of 19 events only points separated the top 4 riders.
With Alan Fletcher confirming his position at the top of the leader board on the last event and Matt Pearce missing out on a possible title with a catastrophic mechanical breakdown and Sarah Burke with a dramatic chase of the leaders in the last 5 events made for a compelling last 2 events for this year.
||Matt Pearce & Sarah Burke
||Will Hodgetts & Nathan Priestley
||Mark Sawula & Milo Sawula
What a night we had.
Thursday 4th Sept was the last club “10” of the year and last counting event for the league title.
With 4 riders on the edge of winning the title it was to be an interesting and tense affair.
The night had it’s moments from the ridiculous to the sublime to the catastrophic and two course records.
A new course record for the tandem was established by team Sawula, with Mark steering and Zoe as stoker(rather reluctantly) a ridiculous time of 35;08 was recorded, not the fastest time but a record all the same!!!.
The second course record was by Adam Gascoine taking Ian Russell’s record down to 21;19 a sublime ride in not perfect conditions.
The 2 of the 4 leading league title contenders accepted the challenge for the last points of the season to give them the title Alan Archer was in the lead and had to be dislodged for any of the four to win. Matt Pearce was on a mission to claw back the deficit ready and biting on the handlebars. Matt had a catastrophic mechanical breakdown on his ride which put him out of the running half way through the event and had to coast to the finish, hoping against all hope to salvage some points.
It was not to be
Alan not knowing was happening to the rival waited and waited and then started to think the title would be his.
It was, and gaining 2 points in the quest
League champion for 2014 Alan Fletcher
The Results “10” 4 Sept 14
- James Storr 24;04
- Tony Abblewhite 24;21
- Alan Fletcher 28;59
- Darren Short 29;05
- Nathan Priestley 29;21
- Milo Sawula 29;38
- Matt Pearce 30;21 MP
- Team Sawula (tandam) 35;08 CR
- Adam Gascione 21;19 CR
- Phil Hardwick 27;29
- Alan Fletcher 80pts
- Matt Pearce & Sarah Burke 76pts
4. Liam Foster 74pts
5. Dave Edlin 55pts
Full list to follow
The league’s last and crucial event is tonight.
As we reported last week we have 4 potential winners this year. Alan Fletcher who is still leading the race for the title and has done so for several weeks,equal 2nd behind Alan is Matt Pearce & Sarah Burke only 2points in arrears of Alan 78pts and loitering in 3rd place is Liam Foster again only 4points from the lead.
Points for all four riders can come from 3 area’s, winning , handicap and improvement points.
Liam is capable of winning the event which would give him 4pts and see him on equal points with Alan’s total, he would then be reliant on handicap or improvement points to take the lead.
Sarah is still on a charge with improvement points, with a 15second improvement in her PB she will take 3points and into the lead but this is open to a fast night.
Matt Pearce in his first year of competition again is reliant on improvement & handicap points. Has Matt the ability to move to another level and take handicap points or improve his PB by 15secs and grab 3points and give him the lead.
All 3 riders are chasing Alan who has to be knocked of the top spot with this last ride.
Fourth in the league with 55pts is Dave Edlin, with Dave’s fast PB this year it is unlikely Dave can make up the deficit on the four leaders.
THE STAGE IS SET.
With one counting “10” to go for the league title things are hotting-up, to boiling point.
Last week we had 3 possible winners of the League with an outsider closing in, all covered by 11points.
After Thursday’s event we now have 4 possible winners covered by only 4 points.
The big gains were made by Sarah with 6 improvement pts and 3 hcap pts, taking her total to 76pts
Alan thought he would rest on his laurels this week and not ride, big mistake??? we shall see, and so stays on 78pts.
Matt wrestled with his time and managed to secure a single scratch point, how important will that one point be???. Taking Matt’s total to date to 76pts equal 2nd with Sarah, Interesting .
Liam was the only rider of the four leaders to drop a place, now down to fourth position after coming 3rd on the evening 10 and securing 2 scratch pts making his total 74pts.
Thursday the 4th Sept will be the critical ride of the season for the four. any one rider can take the title with either Scratch,Handicap and Improvement points. Still in 5th place is in form Dave Edlin but some 20pts off the leading 4.
League placings to date ( full list next week)
- Alan Fletcher 78pts
- Matt Pearce & Sarah Burke 76pts
4.Liam Foster 74pts
5. Dave Edlin 55pts
Thursday 4th Sept is the last evening “10” of the season, starting at the changed time of 6;30 on the Elston Course.
The Club Hill Climb Championship is on the following Sunday, 7th Sept starting at 10;00