There was another great turn out for the Phoenix at the popular Road Bike 10 last week. This race is the great leveller of the season, no aero suits, TT bikes or disk wheels allowed. An egalitarian throwback to simpler times, when the A24 was a single carriageway and bikes were made of steel, as were the legs that powered them. Club royalty was present in the form of Gary Dodd and an astonishing night ensued as he and Dale went head to head in what is hoped will be the first of three stand offs this season.
Suzie Shaw claimed the women’s scratch points leading home a strong field containing Jake, Christine and Kim – the latter two posting impressive PB’s in the face of a strong headwind on the outbound leg. Gary led home the phalanx of challengers in the form of Dale, Marcus and Simon. The field then retired to the Stepping Stones for some well-earned refreshment. It is understood that Gary then went home to jump on his turbo in preparation for the Blue Riband Kingston to Worthing event hoping he can beat Dale to the bacon and eggs on the seafront. It’s going to be another thriller.
The SCCU 50 saw Suzie claim the points in the Womens Scratch competition and Simon in the men’s on a wretched course that ends with a climb up Washington Hill outside Worthing.
The next evening event is the 2-Up – so dosey-do and grab your partners. It is believed that next year there will be an app for mobile phones that will enable entrants to swipe left or right depending on who you wish to ride the 2-Up event with.
The 2-Up is a good opportunity to advance up the G10/42 Strava leaderboard as you work you’re your teammate and take turns on the front. TT bikes and skin suits are all acceptable – so get out with your teammate this week-end and practice your through and offs.
Please be aware that there are still places for the Calshot track day. DO take this opportunity to ride an exiting – banked velodrome and make sure you get your name down to attend.