Well hosting our first event along with Stafford Road Club turned out to be a great success. We are very pleased that the event ran very smoothly and a massive thank you must go out to all the marshals, helpers, supporters, photographers and indeed the riders that made the BDCA 10 a great event and hopefully something that can appear on the calendar every year!
Over 119 riders (out of 147) took to the start line on Saturday. Conditions were not looking great with a strong Northerly wind threatening what can be a fast 10 course. During the 2 hours that riders were on the course we experienced sunshine, hail and a touch of snow coupled with strong wind and low temperatures made the course around one and a half – two minutes slower than on a better day.
All the BtB ladies rode really strong with all 6 of them finishing in the Top Ten! First home for the BtB ladies and 3rd place overall was Chris Melia with a great time of 23:40, followed closely by Lynney Biddulph 23:57 and Sue Semple 24:02 rounding off the Top 5 overall. Clare Campbell-Smith 25:05, Libby Mclaren 25:26 & Katja Reitdorf 25:45 finished 7th, 8th & 10th overall to top off a great day for the ladies.
The men set off slightly later than the ladies and produced cracking times also with Steve Biddulph leading the chaps home with 22:12, Ian Manders 22:29, John Cornfield 23:58, Dave Pemberton 25:03, John McLaren 25:59 & Bob Awcock 26:13. Bob’s time on this course was only 3 seconds off his season best last year, so keep an eye out on his performances once the weather picks up!