ABC Centreville’s in-form rider Louis Szymanski was only denied the win by a strong new course record from JLT-Condor professional James Gullen which beat Chris Boardman’s previous mark. Louis writes:
Despite the promise of heavy rain from the forecast, reasonably favourable conditions greeted the competitors for the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial on the night of Wednesday 17th May. The event name is fairly accurate and the course has to be one of the hilliest around, going twice over the moor, once from Greenfield over the Isle of Skye road and returning from Meltham up Wessenden Head. Having done the event the previous year I knew what to expect and tried to make a measured effort on the first half of the course, keeping a bit in the tank for an arguably much tougher return leg.
The plan seemed to work ok and I finished in 48.05, over a minute quicker than last year. This was good enough for second on the night with James Gullen winning the event with a 45 minute ride, taking time off Chris Boardman’s course record from the event’s previous incarnation as the Oldham Century TT. A free pint and excellent spread back at the HQ capped off an excellent, well organised event; many thanks to Saddleworth Clarion for putting it on!
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