The Trials and tribulations of Time Trialling

The Scottish 10 Mile Championships is the blue-riband event in Scottish Time Trialling, writes Neil Walker. It usually enjoys pleasant conditions for the 120 starters in its traditional May date, allowing for fast times. However, this year the organisers switched the event to November, and typical strong winds, single figures temperatures and driving rain lashed the riders all morning. Hang on, it was May!

After the women got away in just cold and wind (minus Walkers CC Fiona Walker, who forgot her shoes and was unable to start, despite the generous offer of a pair of size 10’s from a male competitor!), the weather slowly deteriorated, with winds picking up, and the rain began to lash down.

Charles Vincent recorded a cracking time in the conditions, just 7 seconds off his personal best (set on the same course in significantly better weather!) to finish 61st. Neil Walker managed to slice a further 6 seconds from his seasons best, recording 21.54 for 21st place.