Over 130 riders signed in for the first of the 2017/18 BJW Reliability Trial Series.
It was a chilly start and, as expected, a busy first of the season sign on. Once underway with the sun on our backs it felt warmer than the 10 deg my Garmin was reporting. November riding doesn’t get much better than this. Quiet and dry roads and an autumnal Dorset looking spectacular in the sunshine.
Even as the westerly breeze increased later on in the ride it seemed timed to assist us on the homeward leg.
Two themes dominated as riders discussed the trial at HQ. The wonderful weather and punctures. There were a lot of punctures. Every group got affected. I lost count of the number of riders I saw at the roadside and our group had to stop twice. Riders who would normally easily complete the course within the allotted time signed back in with minutes to spare due to multiple stops.
The series continues on Sunday December 3rd with the 100km Reliability Trial.
Chris Ormesher (sp?)