The Rapha Condor Sharp team are up in Sheffield this week as they make final preparations for the Tour of Britain. As part of the activities over the week, four members of the team took part in Wednesday evening’s Rossington Wheelers club 10 out on the O10/1 course at Hatfield Woodhouse near Doncaster. They included new national circuit champion and local man, Graham Briggs, Kristian House, Dan Craven and Ed Clancy.

With the Tour of Britain having a time trial stage on the final day in London, it was an ideal opportunity to test out the TT machines and equipment and see where about’s the form is. There are now just over three weeks until the Tour of Britain starts up in Peebles, Scotland on the September 11.

There was a relaxed club atmosphere to the evening’s event with perfect balmy, calm conditions. Ed Clancy was the first of the Rapha men to set off behind the local riders on the out and back course from Hatfield Woodhouse to Blaxton roundabout and back. House, Craven and Briggs followed to complete the twelve man field.

It was Ed Clancy who posted the fastest time with a 20-06 but it was a closely contested race with just 12 seconds separating the Rapha quartet. Craven came in with a 20-12, House 20-13 and Briggs 20-18.

The team have some training rides planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will also drop in to the Claremont Sports Medicine and Performance Centre, one of the team’s sponsors, at the Claremont Hospital on the west side of Sheffield.

Graham Briggs and John Herety, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Rapha Condor Sharp manager John Herety helps Graham Biggs get ready

Graham Briggs, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Graham Briggs warms up with some of the Rossington Wheelers locals

Graham Briggs, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Getting ready for the off

Kristian House and Ed Clancy, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Kristian House and Ed Clancy (right) relax

John Herety on expensive TT machine, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



John Herety tries out the latest aero machine

Giro shoes, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Part of the team’s kit

Kristian House, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Carry on, Kristian House

Ed Clancy



Ed Clancy’s time trial set-up

Kristian House, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Kristian House

Dan Craven, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Dan Craven

Ed Clancy in action, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Ed Clancy

Graham Briggs, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Graham Briggs

Dan Craven, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Dan Craven after his ride

Ed Clancy checks results sheet, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Ed Clancy checks the results sheet

Results sheet, Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



See the results for yourself

Rossington Evening 10-mile time trial, August 2011



Competitors in the Rossington Wheelers Evening 10, and friends

 

  • Andrew Kennedy

    Brilliant report and photos, loved reading it, took me back over 40 years to when I rode my first club evening 10. That was in black and white as well, or might even have been sepia!