(Continued from above) It would be good to get a time lapse camera to record the frenetic activity as in the space of an hour from 10.00 – 11.00am a table is set up for refreshments, the stove lit and water boiled, the timekeepers prepare their watches and pads and the numbers sorted out. Then the competitors and supporters arrive and the event is on.
Linda Gray took the names and entry fee and it was great to see the best field that we have had for many years in no small part due to Paul Tuohy, CycleUK Chief executive, bringing along 6 fit and able lads from the Dartford Road Club. I went for a warm up ride and when I got back to the start at the bottom of the hill there was a queue of riders waiting for the off. Stuart Coffin sorted out the numbers to fix to the machines while Andrew Ashlee, who had just come, without any sleep, from a 65 mile, 12 hour night running event (!) pushed us off with Mike Gerlin and Catherine