Report/Result: Hounslow & District Wheelers Open 25


Rob Sharland of Paceline RT fastest in the Hounslow & District Wheelers Open 25 mile time trial on Sunday (July 17)

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Report/Result: Hounslow & District Wheelers Open 25

from: Chris Lovibond

James Boyman (Farnham RC), last year’s Hounslow 25 winner, did not start with the very quickest qualifying time, but when he finished in 50 minutes 17 seconds he may well have felt confident that this fast time would carry the day. It would have been fast enough to every past Hounslow 25 except his own 2015 victory.

But times change, and this year his only stood for just under ten minutes until Rob Rob Sharland (Paceline RT) crossed the line in 49.31, improving the event record for the second successive year.

HD Sharman

At twenty eight Rob Rob Sharland is in his fifth racing season and his star is clearly still rising. This ride should give him confidence for his next target – to improve his position in the National 25 Championship (7th August). Last year he was sixth, so this certainly looks achievable.

There are striking similarities between these two riders: they are the same age, they do not see themselves particularly as time triallists and are active in road racing, they write cycling blogs, both of which are certainly good enough to suggest that when they finally hang up their racing wheels a career in cycling journalism awaits them.

It’s worth mentioning that James Boyman has not had an easy year so far with health problems preventing him from training in March and April. However it looks as though those difficulties are behind him, and we wish him every success for the rest of the season.

Pete Tadros (In Gear-Quickvit Trainsharp) won this event in 2014, was third in 2015 with 51.04 and third again this year with 50.56. This was also just good enough to take the veteran standard prize from the Hounslow’s super veteran Rob Gilmour by 12 seconds.

Who could doubt though, that a more significant result for Pete was the 58.58 recorded by his fourteen year old son Theo (In Gear-Q.T.), a first sub hour result for Tadros junior. Young riders are so rare nowadays that this event does not offer specific prizes for them, although in fact there was one other competitor of the same age, Vaughan Marris (Fareham Wheelers) who was unlucky not to get under, recording 1.00.07. If Theo keeps going at this rate, the Tadros name looks set to be a near permanent feature of time trial results.

The Hounslow has a proud record of winning the team prizes in its own events, but this time we had to settle for second, the winners being the Bigfoot CC with Kevin Grimshaw, 54.41; Mark Valios, 55.14 and Barry Stewart 56.33 (aggregate 2.46.28). The Hounslow’s team counters were: the 2011 event winner, Nic Stagg, 54.52; James Cadman, 55.58 and Rob Gilmour 56.03 (aggregate 2.46.53); just 25 seconds difference. There was a startling age spread here, with Gilmour an impressive performer at sixty five, but James Cadman at thirty a rapidly improving newcomer.

In the Ladies section an excellent ride from Laura Bartlett (a3crg) took the prize with a time of 57.43. This gave her the wide margin of 3.40 over her nearest rival, Sophie Household (SSLL RT) who finished in 1.01.23. The Ladies team went to a3crg with Sarah Matthews recording 1.01.39 which also gave her fourth place overall.

The event was held on the Farnham – Alton course and was efficiently organised by Bruce McMichael. It attracted 116 entries.

1. Rob Sharland (Paceline RT) 49.31.
2. James Boyman (Farnham RC) 50.17.
3. Pete Tadros (In Gear-Quickvit Trainsharp) 50.56.
4. Gary Chambers (Fareham Whrs.) 51.56.
5. Matthew Parfitt Charlotteville CC) 52.55.
6. equal Stephen Williamson (a3crg) 53.06
6. equal Andy Langdown (Blazing Saddles) 53.06
8. Carl Ferri (Cadence Performance) 53.12
9. Eddie Allen (Redmon CC) 53.16
10. Mark Perry (LMNH) 53.55
11. Aryton Pope 54.04
12. Rupert Robinson (Evans Cycles RT) 54.39.

Team: Bigfoot CC, Vets’ Standard. P.Tadros.

1. Laura Bartlett (a3crg) 57.43
2. Sophie Household (SSLL RT) 1. 01.23
3. Therese Coen (London Phoenix) 1. 01.37
4. Sarah Matthews (a3crg) 1. 01.39
5. Claire Kitching (Newbury RC) 1. 01 59
6. Helen Gravatt (Twickenham CC) 1. 04.20.

Team: a3crg




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