For me it was the fifth race of the year, and it turned out to be the fifth race in unpleasant weather conditions. This time it was bright and sunny but with a gale force wind. So that meant that riders had to battle down to Sithney School with a cross-headwind, then struggle up to Praze with a gusting side wind, before the blessed relief of a tail wind for the last couple of miles to the finish.
Considering the conditions, it was pleasing to see 19 riders taking starters orders. Martin’s winning time was impressive, Andy’s extra parental duties seem to be giving him new impetus this year, Hari is showing signs of being a force to be reckoned with, and new member John Fazakerley could be getting back to the kind of form he was showing for Truro CC a few years ago.
Many thanks to Neil Hollow for organising the race, Matt Southam for signing on and timekeeping, Terry Waters for pushing off, and Neil (again) and Terry Mappin for marshalling in such inhospitable conditions. The next PZW race is Mike Tonkin’s 19 miles TT (2 laps of the 10 course), again at Leedstown, on Thursday 1st May, first rider away at 7.00pm. This is an Open race, so you must enter in advance (this week or early next week), on an official form (download from www.ctt.org.uk), entry fee is £6 (cheques payable to Penzance Wheelers), and send to Mike Tonkin at The Cottage, Plain-an-Gwarry, Marazion, Penzance, TR17 0DR.
[Tony Farnell – Penzance Wheelers]
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