Sunday saw the latest Guernsey Velo Club time trial which at 25 miles is the second longest time trial event. Following the heavy rain on Saturday evening, the riders gathered in relatively dry conditions at L’Eree and were met with a slight force 3 westerly wind.
Early off in the day and following last year’s success in breaking the 50 mile time trial record, Seb Tremlett convincingly broke the all-time club 25 Time Trial record with an extremely impressive 52.31. The record was previously held by Dan Arblaster and had stood for seven years.
Going off at 30 second intervals, the early starters were able to complete their race in dry conditions, but for those starting further down the field, the rain returned for their last few miles.
The race starts at St Peters village, heads down to L’Eree and then up the coast to turn at the Houmet tavern before retracing the route back to the triangle at Lihou before heading back to the Houmet and returning down the coast to finish near the Martello tower at Vazon.
Other records were also broken on the day, notably, following his success in lowering the Channel Islands off Island record the previous weekend, Paul Jackson followed this up with an age group record, 55.38. Not to be out done was his wife, Karina Bowie with another age group record of 1.00.51 and Hannah Brehaut who not only broke the under 16 record, but also the under 18’s as well with a very fine 1.04.43. Hannah said after the race, “this was my first attempt at a 25 and I’m really pleased with how I rode the course, particularly on the fast descent whilst I’m still on restricted gears. I haven’t had any experience on that length of TT so was a bit unsure if how to pace myself, but was pleased to break the record and felt comfortable throughout the race despite the bad weather coming in towards the end.”