“Only mad dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun” Not sure if that was a song or just a saying but I do remember that from a long time ago. And another saying is when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
That could certainly be said about the week 5 time trial participants. And the times certainly prove the point. Discussion on the start line was about planing across the water and the theory certainly proved to be true with nearly everyone improving their times. Although there were tales of pouring with rain in Pahiatua, and bucketing down in Ashhurst it was only drizzle that abated before the start of the time trials.But umbrellas were soon out and at one point when it did stop drizzling and the one umbrella was folded up, it was taken as a bad thing to do and was quickly opened again. Matiu Kaihau came close to beating his course record that he set in 2013.
Next week will be the final night for time trials and the weather will determine whether next weeks results will be used in determining final results. But the way things stand at the moment it will be anyones guess as to who gets top prize. Prizemoney is awarded to financial members. Drinks and a few nibbles will be at prizegiving at the conclusion of next weeks time trials.
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