KENTON Road Club's Des Gayler had a fairly successful but stressful weekend, racing last Saturday and Sunday.
Entered for the Weyhill Racing Weekend, a 10-mile time trial on Saturday and a 25-mile on the Sunday promoted by the Andover Wheelers, he produced his third ever fastest time of 21.10 on the first day.
After rising at 5am for the second day's racing he encountered mist and
fog en route to the West Country only to discover, like the other 250 competitors in the various categories, that the race had been abandoned because of a serious road accident - not related to the cycling.
Faced with wasting a day of racing he drove another 85 miles, back to the Mentmore circuit, near Leighton Buzzard, to get a ride in the Willesden CC promoted 75-mile event, starting at 10am.
Arriving with minutes to spare before the start, he teamed up with fellow Kenton member Brendan Heaslip in the E/1/2/3 category race.
Not the best pre-race preparation and as Des later commented: "After all that long-distance driving it took me nearly three laps just to get the legs working properly."
In the event two separate groups of seven were clear on the second of the seven laps with Dan Straite (PythonRT) taking the flag after some three hours of racing.
Kenton's Gayler was 19th finishing among the leaders in the main pack, with Heaslip just behind in 23rd.
Kenton's president David Spicer and Harrow-based member John Markham made an early trip out to the course to help with race marshalling.