The Hounslow & District Wheelers 100 is one of the most historic events on the Cycling Time Trials calendar. Now in its 53rd year, the VTTA was honoured to be able to hold its 100 mile championship within an event of such prestige.
The H100/88 course is a straightforward 5-lap course but with its undulations and short climbs, it can definitely be defined as a true test over 100 miles. Furthermore, on the day of the championship, riders were faced with an unfavourable and rising northerly wind turning previously 30mph+ sections of the course into 20mph grovels.
With some DNSs and DNFs, there were a total of 29 VTTA members crossing the finishing line. For those that did finish, the satisfaction was palpable. Rider times, however, belied the conditions and showed why this course remains one of the most popular in the south.
Angela Carpenter (…a3crg/Wessex Group) continued her unbeaten form. The 53-year old made quick work of the course to cross the line in an age record of 3:53:00 equating to a standard of +1:27:14 and a veterans’ handicap time of 3:12:33. Angela finished first on standard overall, and wins the Doug Brunwin Memorial Salver, the second year in a row where a woman has topped the standard table: Jackie Field won the salver in 2021.
The silver medal in the women’s competition went to Lisa Davies (Drag2Zero/ Surrey/Sussex Group) who persevered despite struggling in the latter stages and was glad that she did with her standard of +45:52 (VHT 3:53:54) giving her a cushion of under two minutes to the bronze medal. Joanne Cebrat (Bury Clarion CC/Manchester & NW Group), a previous winner of the women’s event, put in a strong performance of +44:09 (VHT 3:55:37) to take the bronze medal.
Amongst the men, David Shepherd (…a3crg/Wessex Group) made it a joint win for the club and group. The 61 year old clocked an age-defying time of 3:45:08 equating to a standard of +1:18:09 and a handicap time of 3:21:37. Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers/ Surrey/Sussex Group) took the silver medal with a time of 3:40:15 (enough for third overall in the event) equating to a standard of +1:06:46 and a handicap time of 3:33:00. The bronze medal went to Andy Critchlow (Norwood Paragon CC/ Surrey/Sussex Group) with a time of 3:43:27 equating to a +1:03:34 on standard and 3:36:12 on handicap.
Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott (Newbury Velo/London & Home Counties Group) took the tandem championship with a national age record of 3:40:26 and a handicap result of 3:16:48. Special mention must once again go to Mary Corbett & Norman Harvey (Sotonia CC/Wessex Group) who, at 64 years old and 89 years old respectively, smashed their estimated time on their tandem trike by over 20 minutes to finish in 05:29:08 – equating to a handicap result of 3:31:42!
Sadly – and unusually – there were no teams of the to contest the Club Team Award. However, the Group Team championship went to the Wessex Group with Angela Carpenter, David Shepherd and Kevin Baker riding a cumulative plus of +3:32:35.
You can download and view a copy of the full VTTA result here in the Documents section