Personal Bests All Round
It is almost guaranteed to become cold and wet when we start running our Marg Stoffers midweek TT’s and the first event at Dardanup for the 2015-16 season was no exception. Fortunately there were only a few spots of rain and the gusty South Westerly died away over the course of the event making conditions near perfect as the night wore on.
As a result there were almost personal bests all round with improvements ranging from a few seconds by Nicholas who was still struggling with his gears through to gains of two minutes or more by many of our juniors who once again had the chaperones under significant pressure.
First away were Lowan and Ian Ferry with Lowan completing his first ever TT in a great time of 15.36. Dad Ian then went to the back of the line to take part in the 16.8km event and without any go fast gear did a very respectable 26.58.
Mark Thomas is starting to pick his fitness back up and took a big chunk off his former best recording 27.05 while the exuberant Vern Merchant was showing no ill effects from his brush with a car in the morning and his time of 29 flat was excellent for a first ever TT.
Garry Hastie has regularly suffered with cramps in previous years but on this occasion although stopping briefly in the second lap, he completed the course and went close to a personal best in the process. Steve Camarri was under little threat of getting caught but made sure of it by riding well to also get a personal best stopping the clock at 27.31. Ben’s improvement was the most significant however taking around 1.5 minutes off his previous best and recording a great time of 24.33 in the process.
Well done to Rob Humphries having his first go at the TT’s and his time of 25.57 was very impressive as was dogs rep Garrod Delfs who posted 25.13.
Denny Teede is always consistent and although a long way off his personal best, 25.25 is an excellent time. Bernie Swart also paces himself well and shaved a few seconds off his best with a 25.02. Unicorn team mate Bevan Tarrat also rode strongly to post 23.44.
Bryce Lanigan took the prize for most improved over the series last year and has continued that on with a big personal best at the first hit out this year in recording a great time of 23.25 while Connor Lambert will no doubt be chasing the course record and went very close tonight with a 22.39.
Well done to Laurie Wilson completing his first TT with the club in 14.31 and will no doubt improve from there.
Bella and Josh Commons both improved their one lap times, but one of the rides of the night was done by Harrison Lawler who appeared very comfortable as he rode away from his chaperone, Suzanne and posted a great time of 13.28. Great stuff!!
Courtland was most improved in the one lap event last year and stepped it up once again starting the season with a super impressive 13.19. It is certainly a tough job riding with these youngsters and it is only going to get harder for Adrian!!
The next TT is in two weeks time at Dardanup again on Wednesday 2nd December.
Many thanks to Brian Kennedy, Jessica and Aleesha for timekeeping and to Robbie Commons for bringing the drinks out tonight.