SCHOOL students and accompanying staff from all over Cornwall arrived early in Bude for the inaugural Cornwall Schools Cycle Time Trial Championships.
Conditions weren't quite the same as Bradley Wiggins and fellow Olympians faced this summer but the competition in its own way was just as fierce.
The championship course approved by the Cycle Time Trial association follows a circular route from Bude along the coastal road to Widemouth Bay and then returning to Bude via the A39.
Riders first encounter a long climb out of Bude until the coastal road levels out and then undulates towards Widemouth, a fast descent to Widemouth Beach followed by a short steep climb lead on to a left hand turn onto the A39.
From here its head down and big gears all the way to Stratton before a final left turn off the main road and a down hill sprint to the finish opposite Budehaven School.
Riders were set off from 8 am at 1 minute intervals being timed by Peter and Liela Harwood both CTT time keepers. Marshals around the course included Emily Adkin assisting Liela at the start, Steve Innes, Michael Hicks, Nicola Hammond, Dave King and Paul Diffy around the course and Michael hammond assisting Peter Harwood at the finish, Lee Sampson provided final safety support as the Tail-End-Charlie.
Competitors were organised by school year with the youngest riders competing in the year 8 category
There were then separate age groups for boys and girls up to year 11 with a sixth form category for years 12 and 13. A final adult category was included for parents, staff and helpers associated with each team.
The overall winning team was calculated from the best scoring riders in each category.
Conditions on the day were testing, with rain from the start and a cold easterly wind. It was great to see so many young riders prepared to give it their all, sprinting away from the start and not letting up along the whole 10 mile course
Competitors showed a range of ability with one local young rider, Jake Courtenay, riding his road bike for the very first time during the competition.
Other riders like Lewis Wilton and James Bolton both from Wadebridge and Alfie Peters from Penrice School looked a lot more professional with bikes equipped with time trial bars and wearing aero helmets to decrease drag and help them set fast times.
Fastest adult rider of the day was Jamie Fabrizio with a time of 25 minutes and 10 seconds.
The fastest student being Lewis Wilton with a time of 28 minutes and 56 seconds. The County Champions for 2012 were the Budehaven Bike Club Team of Zerran Hammond, Tully Innes, Stephen Muller, Tess Shaw, Keiran Hammond, Jake Courtenay,Sam Fanson and Nye Kemble with adult riders Rob Shaw, Jamie Fabrizio, Simon Hammond, Steve Bardsley and Justin Wotherspoon.
Overall Team results: 1st Budehaven Community School; 2nd Wadebridge; 3rd Bodmin; 4th Penrice.
Category Winners: Tess Shaw (Bude), Jamie Farizio (Bude), James Bolton (Wadebridge), Lewis Wilton (Wadebridge), Tully Innes (Bude), Nye Kemble (Bude), Daniel Rowson (Bodmin).
Next year's event will be run a little earlier in the autumn some time in early October. To keep in touch please email co-ordinating teacher Simon Hammond on firstname.lastname@example.org