Sunday saw the Velo Club's longest time trial of the season, consisting of 50 miles. The start list was a little shorter than for other races, but the thought of 50 miles on a time trial bike is not a decision to be taken lightly.
Starting from St Peter's Village the race went down L'Eree hill turning left at the bottom and riding down to Rocquaine before turning and riding to the Houmet and back, not just once but three times before the riders crossed the finishing line.
At least the riders were greeted with good weather, most were awake about 4.30am and the sun, once it had risen was warming towards the end of the race. A south easterly wind at force three was better than most races this season.
The record for this distance was set by Terry Wright in 2002 at 1.52.01 and although riders have come close to breaking none have until today. First man off was Seb Tremlett at 6am with Aaron Bailey last man off at 6.20am. The early start time is used as the roads are quieter at this time.
Because the riders each ride three laps of the course the time keepers were able to see how the riders were pacing themselves. It was clear after the first lap that the race was between Tremlett and Bailey.
There was only a handful of seconds between both after the first lap, but Bailey on the second started to show his renowned time trailing experience and strength and pulled out a 30 second lead. At this time both riders were on for a fast time but the final push was needed and Bailey started to cramp in his legs, Tremlett saw his average speed and realised that he was on a fast ride, eventually crossing the line at 1.50.31 seconds, well inside the 12 year old record. Tremlett, 20, rides for the newly formed development team, Team Morgan Sharpe powered by Adventure Cycles.