Ice well and truly shaTTered

Catherine Logan reports on the club’s performance at the first TT of the year.

9 Walkers CC teams started the 2-up Icebreaker TT organised by Fullarton Wheelers last Sunday.  Starting at Eglinton Park, the route took riders along the relatively flat A78 to the sawmill and back finishing on the  slip road to Eglinton Interchange – a total of 10 miles  (or at least so the signing-on guy said).   The  very mild winter had of course changed this weekend to very cold, with temperatures at the 9.15am registration  sitting at a mere 1C.  This of course meant there was a risk of residual  patches of ice on the roads. On the plus side, there was little to no wind and a degree of sunshine.  Apparently the wind picked up later in the morning but that might have been folk getting their excuses in!

There was a very strong field for this event with 54 team starters (that’s 108 cyclists) plus 2 individual riders, plus one WCC member entered under Fullarton Wheelers.  Two Walkers teams (who will remain nameless) managed to miss their start times and had to be slotted in later in the proceedings. Lucky for them, no time penalties were added to the finish times.  In an event that is well supported with teams entered from as far away as Edinburgh & Stirling,  it is good to see that  WCC had the biggest contingent.
The results
No surprise to us was Neil Walker’s & Charles Vincent’ phenomenal performance resulting in them finishing 3rd overall. Well done guys!!
Pete Forsythe & Tommy Gribbon were 5th vets –  good  to see Tommy back out after his leg operation.
Catherine Logan & Russell Mowat were 1st mixed pair.
Good times were posted by most WCC teams but special mention should go to James Stenhouse & Dan Howes with their time of 25.49.  They are MOUNTAIN BIKERS for goodness sake!!!!

This was a very well organised event and well done to all who took part. Special thanks to the organisers and the marshals (who must have been freezing out there for over 2 ½ hrs).  Each junction of the route was marshalled and those that went the wrong way were promptly shouted back on course. . The club did well!

Neil and Charles get aero.