While many were still sleeping off the night before, 24 cyclists hit the streets to compete in the North Bucks Road Club’s traditional New Year’s Day 10 mile time trial.
An early frost saw ice patches out in the villages around Milton Keynes, a horrible shock after the warm December.
But it had all melted away to the stellar temperatures of two degrees by the time the event started at 10am, making conditions very good for the time of year.
Considering how little wind there seemed to be at the start, the outward leg proved quite tough, with riders facing a headwind for the first five miles on the A4146 up to the turn.
Fortunately for the riders, this meant that the return leg was significantly faster owing to the tailwind.
The event was won by Marcus Burnett of Ingear RT, with an impressive time of 22:31, with James Fox of CC Luton finishing second with a time of 22:56. The top three was rounded out by Tim Davies of Icknield Road Club posting a 24:01.
The time trial league returns on Saturday, March 5 and runs through to October 2016, culminating in the end of season Hill Climb event.
Time trials are open to novices as well as seasoned cyclists; to take part all you’ll need is a sound roadworthy bike and a helmet.
A number of events throughout 2016 are specifically designated as ‘come and try it events’ aimed at those new to the sport.
For full details and results of the time trial, visit the North Bucks RC website at www.northbucksroadclub.org.uk/ or contact via Facebook and Twitter pages.