Sam has won the “most improved” category at the annual NIAS awards in Tamworth over the weekend. Congratulations to Sam for all his hard work over the year.
So now I don’t feel quite so bad about getting spanked all year in C grade by him.
In other news, the energizer bunny known as Andrew Swan cajoled a reluctant crew into a series of events at the criterium track that included an italian pursuit, a handicap and a “devil take the hindmost” race in which the devil played all the best tunes.
For the uninitiated, an Italian Pursuit is not what I thought it was (where the crooks in an Alfa Romeo are chased by the polizei in a Fiat, first one to break down loses). It’s a team event where the slowest riders lead off the team, with a rider peeling off each lap until a lone rider sprints for the win. Despite some plainly awful riding from the Brent Weston team (including one particularly stupid rider showing up on an ancient downtube shifting bicycle and failing to change gears successfully at all), Weston took a half lap disadvantage and pulled 3/4 of it back.
The handicap race was won with an impressive showing by Ray Phillips and Jackie Weston, who towed Ray around the track and stayed away from the terrible trio of Boundy, Sozou and Bourke, with the last few laps so impressive that they put time into the C graders. Ray then fired up his tree trunk legs and out sprinted a tired Jacky on the line to take the win, proving that chivalry is dead. In Rays defence, he has been beaten soundly by Jackie for most of the year and who wouldn’t take the opportunity to grab back a little pride.
The devil take the hindmost race was won by a hard charging John Scott-Hamilton, showing no signs of fatigue. The race was particularly impressive due to the number of voluntary dropouts (it was only supposed to be the last three on each lap guys!).
Also ran: Club champion Andrew Kirk, who failed to finish any of the events citing G to I fatigue and a lack of nearby toilet facilities.