A field of 16 hardy riders braved hangovers and ice to test how much form they had lost over the festive period as Melton Olympic Cycling Club held its annual New Year 10.
The weather was relatively kind for Friday’s 10-mile time trial at Scalford with the wind easing and rain abating, but the overnight temperature had dropped to below freezing and ice was the main concern.
The usual suspects were keen to lay down the gauntlet for the coming season with Jamie Haines, Stu Favor and Jeff Snodin looking incredibly lean.
Kathryn Bloodsworth was first off in only her second-ever time trial and was soon out of sight.
The following riders set off at one-minute intervals and were soon into their rhythm, and by the first turn, the fast boys were in sight of the early riders.
The nagging south-easterly breeze was taking its toll and soon the early numbers were being picked off with Jamie Haines, in full aero kit, looking menacing.
The cold temperatures and nagging breeze took the edge off what felt like fast times with Haines coming home in 24min 05secs just ahead of Carl Dyson (Beeston RC) in 25.27, with Melton’s Jeff Snodin third in 27.49.
The riders wish to thank the time keepers and marshals.
Times: 1 Jamie Haines 24min 05secs, 2 Carl Dyson (Beeston RC) 25.27, 3 Jeff Snodin 27.49, 4 Stuart Faver 28.02, 5 Robert Gray (Pedal Power Loughborough) 28.11, 6 John Farnsworth 28.13, 7 Oli Jeffcote 28.48, 8 Bex Rimmington (Team WNT) 29.44, 9 Chris Thompson (Leicetershire RC) 30.31, 10 Adam Brown 31.03, 11 Adam Gardner 31.09, 12 Bill Vetcher 32.11, 13 Andrew Thorn 32.31, 14 Bryan Fenwick 34.18, 15 Kathryn Bloodsworth 38.19.