Congratulation to Matthew Downie of TAAP Cervelo, who today won the Bec Road Race over 74 hard fought miles in Ashdown Forest.Download Photos...Read article
After a long absence, the Bec speed judging competition returned on Sunday 30th October. The 7.5 mile circuit based at Reigate Heath was used as in previous years although some riders were less familiar than others and maps were handed out at the start…just in case!
In this event, the emphasis is on judging your speed rather than riding fast and most riders were clearly fitter than they predicted and covered the circuit well ahead of their predicted time. Even reigning champion David Sharman was well inside his target time and afterwards explained that it was all a cunning plan to take the pressure off himself in 2012!
The event proved popular with racers and non-racers alike. Hill Climb organiser Garry Beckett made a rare appearance, former member Peter Nichol returned to try his luck and even Batman turned up to watch!
Club president, Keith Butler demonstrated his ability to ride at 17 miles an hour (some say that's as fast as he has gone all season) and took the trophy by being just 18 seconds outside his predicted time without the aid of any timing devices.