We’re now into the final days of the year. October opened with a “rallying cry” from Chairman Neil urging everyone wishing to contest for any of the “crowns” to get out there before it’s too late. He also added a reminder that the “attempts” for KOM and Sprint had to be carried out as part of a club ride. “Eh, Point of Order Mr Chairman” cried Sir Jim “When was that agreed?”. Responding like a corporate lawyer, Neil pointed out the “small print” from an obscure document published many many moons ago (well 2015 AGM to be precise).
Well, you could hear the gasps and intakes of breath as we followed the arguments back and forth. “Yea but… No but… Yea but……”. It was not long before the implications were realised as commiserations began to put in for Sir Olivier who currently had one hand on all three “crowns” with fantastic solo efforts. However “Rools is Rools” so it looks like the sprint crown may go to Sir Chris…….. Oh wait a minute, he won the sprint last year so is not eligible this year. So who is next in line of succession? Step forward Sir Michael with a superb effort of 54s giving him a speed of 50.2kph.
Battling it out for the KOM crown, in 2nd place this year currently is Sir Zog, with a time of 8:28 and a speed of 23. 7kph, unfortunately for him this was also a solo effort. Next in line at present is Sir Iain urging his mighty steed onwards and upwards to achieve a time of 8:42 and a speed of 23.1kph.
Meanwhile over in the “Shark’s Tooth” there has not been much activity this year. Sir Olivier set an ⚡electric⚡ pace back in March, posting a time of 18:17 for a speed of 35.4kph. The next best effort goes to Sir Jim with a very creditable time of 21:15.
Time is has almost run out for anyone else who wants to get their hands on any of the main “crowns” although the winter weather and holiday season is unlikely to be in your favour. Just a few weeks ago the Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow. “Isn’t that something Eskimos teach their children?” Shortly after, they also issued a yellow warning for strong winds. “Yea, that’ll be what happens if you ignore the Eskimo advice!”
This year there are many more categories “up for grabs” with “crowns” for Champion of Champions, Male under 40, 40-60, 60years+ and 70+ then there’s Female 40+. Good luck everyone, hopefully all the winners will be announced at the presentation day on 14th January 2022.