TWO intrepid Worcester St John’s cyclists competed in atrocious weather conditions to bring home excellent results for the club in their debut TT of 2018.
Simon Garrett and Simon Adcook represented WSJ in the Sportzmad organised 10 mile time trial on the R10/17 in Monmouth. Simon Garrett finished 2nd overall and was 1st Vet male in 22.20.
Adcook came 8th which was his first ever top ten finish and was just 8 seconds off 5th place in 23.48.
Garrett was just two minutes slower than his personal best and Adcook was one minute 48 short.
Adcook said: “My numbers were higher than last year though, which demonstrates the crazy conditions we rode in.
Snow was falling in Worcester as the pair set off on Sunday (March 18) with temperatures of zero degrees.
Adcook revealed the weather was so bad that they secretly hoped the event would be called off.
“As we neared Monmouth the race organiser confirmed the event would run,” he explained. “This was because even though conditions were not ideal they were not deemed unsafe to ride.
“Our reaction was mooted as I think we both hoping it would be abandoned. My numbers were higher than last year which demonstrates the crazy conditions we rode in.”
Adcook admitted he rode with three base layers and a winter jacket and two pairs of winter gloves whilst Garrett rode in typical ‘hard man’ Flandrian style in his new shiny WSJ skinsuit.
“Thick air, strong winds, snow, sleet and clothing choices made it a very difficult first ride of the season,” explained Adcook. “Crosswinds and poor visibility – particularly on the first leg – meant there was no way of attaining a good position on the bike. It was a battle simply to hold your line and fight against being blown into the middle of the road.”
Worcester St John’s first TT of the season takes place on Sunday, April 8 from Inkberrow at 11am. Registration closing date is March 28.