On Sunday 12th June, the much talked about RTTC National 50 mile championship took place in Plymouth – an event which daunted some but which proved to be very successful for the intrepid BtB riders.
Ever since the details of the event were announced, this race had been causing plenty of chatter on time trialling forums. Firstly, the location in South Devon meant that for most riders there would be a long journey to get there and the horrible prospect of an uncomfortable stiff-legged drive home afterwards. And then there was the daunting course terrain with over 7,000 feet of climbing and several ascents that many time trialists would feel nervous to attempt without the aid of ropes and crampons. But for many, it was the prospect of a 5.30am start in order to avoid the traffic on the A38 that was the last straw. This wasn’t going to be championship that would be convenient, comfortable or quick!
But for most members of the BtB race team, hardened by many years of successful long distance racing, this was pretty much business as usual! Six members of the women’s team and one member of the men’s team decided to take part – and winning the team gold medal was very much the goal for the day.
Happily, having braved all of the challenges which the race presented (including the deluge of torrential rain which started just after the first riders set off), the BtB Women’s team were rewarded with both gold and silver team prizes. Chris (7th place overall and second in age category), Katja (10th) and Sue (13th) were the fastest women’s team with a time of 6:30:52. Lynne (14th), Clare (15th) and Libby (22nd) were the second fastest team.
BtB’s lone male team member was also rewarded for his efforts. Bob was awarded the age category prize for the 70+ age group. Angela Hibbs won the women’s event in 1:56:02. Ryan Perry won the men’s event in 1:39:50.