Andy Jackson & Mel Wasley made the long long long trek to Plymouth for the 2016 National 50m TT.
A hugely challenging course that was a TT classic, out and back up a DC (A38)… but this was no ordinary DC! Andy recce’d the course on Saturday…. 8m up some ridiculous long and steep drags and +50mph down… this was no ‘Normal’ 50!
The race attracted the who’s who of the TT world, despite the distance. Mel approaching her first 50 TT of the year after some fabulous events last year was hoping for a top placing.
In the Men’s the competition was super tough, headed by defending National 25 champion Ryan Perry and National 10 champion Richard Bussell, as well as last years 2nd and 3rd in the 50, Matt Clinton and Brett Harwood.
Sunday am, early! Brought rain for the start of the women’s event at 5.30am. Mel was off near the top of the field and fired up to the turn, the return leg was a real grind for all. Back at the HQ as results cane in it was clear Mel had done a fab ride, 2:00:48, but was beaten into 5th pace by winner Angela Hibbs (Fusion RT), defending champion Julia Shaw (Drag2zero) and Becky Lewis (Wrexham RC)
Build up for the Men’s had seen Andy record a PB 1:41:05 in the Finsbury pk 50 4 weeks before and a 18:19 ’10’ the Thursday before, form was coming…!
The Men’s event began just after 6am with Andy off, as 3rd seed at 7:50am due to his 4th place finish last year.
The out leg was fast, trying in vein to hammer the hills and recover down, he hit the turn in just over 50m to begin the grind back. Meanwhile Perry & Bussell hit the turn in 48mins !! WOW.
The course didn’t really suit, give him a long flat DC and its perfect territory, but those ‘drags’ V the flying lightweights were always going to be a challenge!
A solid return leg saw Andy come in on 1:44:27…
Bussell & Perry were a class above and fought out a narrow 12 secs difference with Perry triumphing in 1:39:50 – amazing ride!
Kieron Davies (Drag2Zero) wrapped up the podium.
Andy’s ride saw him 7th, with some notable scalps behind, including Charles Taylor (100m record holder) , Steve Irwin and Phil Graves.
Roll on the National 100 in 4 weeks where SSLL RT will have a full mens and womens team racing and on courses that suit their strengths!