Tremlett and Bowie power to Reservoir course records
BOTH Seb Tremlett and Karina Bowie shattered their respective course records for the 13-mile Reservoir time-trial on Sunday morning.
But while Tremlett enjoyed a relatively smooth run to lop nearly a whole minute off his own mark, clocking 28min. 28sec., Bowie made an even bigger improvement under testing circumstances.
Bowie had exerted herself in an identical event the previous day only to see her hopes of a truly quick time scuppered by two mechanicals in the last mile.
Thankful of the opportunity for a repeat attempt on Sunday, blessed by low winds, the determined veteran returned to post a time of 35-27 on the hilly course – her previous best being 36-31.
‘These things are always a part of bike racing and whilst it’s incredibly frustrating, it’s totally out of your control,’ said Bowie reflecting on Saturday’s catastrophe.
‘I was really lucky that I was able to race again on Sunday and was really pleased with the race – great weather and no mechanicals.
‘I’m very happy to take some time off the record. ‘
Bowie added of a weekend when Danielle Hanley narrowly missed the old record: ‘There have been some great rides over the weekend from the women in the club and it bodes really well.’
Tremlett’s previous record stood at 29-24 and this just about withstood an assault on the Saturday from Jack English, who finished 6sec. out.
But Guernsey’s top time-trialist brought his performance to a new level on day two to comfortably top the weekend’s standings from English and Marc Cox.