TIN CAN TEN RESULTS 2002

Name
Club
Machine/Gear
time
m.p.h.
Ann Danvers Loughborough Phoenix 1950s Phillips, S-A AW
47.51
13:54
Keith Wileman C.T.C. Portsmouth DA 1920s Raleigh X-frame, S-A AW
41.03
15.78
Ron Johnson Leicester Forest C.C. 1938 Bates ‘Vegrandis’, S-A AM
36.39
17.68
Morgan Reynolds Hinckley C.R.C. 1948 Carpenter, S-A AM
30.00
21.6
Peter Underwood Cambridge C.C. 1956 Maclean Super Eclipse, S-A FM
31.50
20.36
David Lovegrove Ludlow C.C. 1947 Raleigh Record Ace
32.36
19.87
Roger Bugg Loughborough Phoenix 1936 J A Grose, S-A K6 3spd
39.37
16.35
Cathy Melia Tandem Club Brompton, S-A S5
35.45
18.12
Brian Allen Long Eaton C.C. 1947 BSA, S-A AW
32.38
19.85
Phil Wray Milton Keynes C.C. 1939 Carlton Flyer, S-A AW
33.43
19.25
Lorna Wray A5 Rangers 1947 Humber Ladies sports, S-A AW
39.54
16.24
Roger Walker Loughborough Phoenix 1970s Holdsworth, S-A AW
28.32
22.45
Andrew Thompson Loughborough Road Club 1960s Viking ladies frame, S-A AW
30.10
21.48
Graham Lansdell Tandem Club 1968 Mercian, S-A ASC
27.59
23.15
Tony Page Rockingham Forest Whlrs 1950s Condor road/path, S-A TF
26.56
24.06
Michael Gould Loughborough Phoenix 1936 curly Hetchin’s, S-A TF
34.10
18.96
Harold Heyworth Derby Mercury 1954 Raleigh, S-A AW
35.30
18.25
Minoru Mitsumoto Farnbo & Camberley CC 1950s Raleigh Record Ace, S-A ASC
30.10
21.48
Brian Donnan Cheltenham & County CC Birdy Blue, SRAM 3x7
33.58
19.07
Dick Hanson Cheltenham & County CC 1990s Pashley Micro, S-A Sprinter, 5spd
32.29
19.95
Susan Barlow Tamworth R.C. 1998 Brompton T5
37.35
17.24
David Minter Tamworth R.C. 1956 Moulton Stowaway, Sachs ‘duomatic’
30.29
21.26
Andrew Tokeley Loughborough Phoenix 2000 Moulton APB, S-A 7spd
32.55
19.68
Paul Evans Loughborough Phoenix Brompton ?
44.24
14.59
Chris Thompson Loughborough Phoenix 1935 Dawes tourer, S-A AM
28.10
23.00
David Westwood Warwickshire R.C. 1929 Golden Sunbeam, Btm. Brkt 2spd
46.56
13.80
David Eccles Redmon C.C. 1979 Witcomb, S-A FM
29.14
22.16
 
* Includes 4 min late start
   

Tony Page took the Tin Can Trophy
; Graham Lansdell, Chris Thompson and Cathy Melia
got Tin Can T-shirts, and the Loughborough Sock went to David Westwood.

Big thanks to Loughborough Phoenix for organisation and helpers; marshals Colin Wood, Bill Marshall, Dave Carter & A N Other, the wizard of the tea urn J B Williams, and the many un-named but greatly appreciated cake makers.

Davis Eccles' 2002 Tin Can Report
'The zummer's come, the grass is riz, I wunders where the birdies is...' Well, one Birdy snuck into this year's event with hybrid gearing; however we're a broad church, so under Scout's honour that he wouldn't use the derailleur bit, Brian Donnan was allowed to compete. Small wheels were almost the order of the day with seven riders on funny little folders, (several of them bamboozled into taking part by the said Mr Donnan.) On the other hand the Tin Can hasn't gone all modern, as witnessed by John Skeavington's (non-competing this year)1886 Coventry Machinist's tricycle at the start and Keith Wileman, correctly attired in 'Patterson' rig of plusses, weskit and watchchain, on his Raleigh cross-frame. Sartorial concerns are not normally part of the Tin Can, but if Phil Wray's stars'n'stripes shorts help him go faster (like Mr Cippolini?) then David Westwood's panama hat must surely have reduced the aerodynamics of the grand old Sunbeam.


Some of this year's invasion of Folders!

Weight reduction is a point of interest, so though Ann Danver's shopping basket might add a pound or two to the machine it usually contains something to meet every eventuality... mobile phone yes, but maybe the sun-cream was a misjudgement? Roger Bugg's Grose boasted a seat pillar drilled out in the manner of Toni Merkens which he assured us could play tunes in the right wind conditions. A seat pillar of the misbehaving sort clearly gave Chris Thompson some anxiety; riding a machine that's already a bit on the small side, it can hardly then help to find the saddle gently subsiding on to the top tube, so it was a great effort on Chris's part to record the time he did. Andrew Tokeley came close to breaking evens for the first time on his new Moulton and probably would have done but for the chain coming off before the first bend.

There are always some intriguing bits of equipment at our event: Ron Johnson uses Cliff Smith's old wheels in his Bates in the hope - no doubt - that some of the magic of rims and hubs that have achieved faster times than most of us could dream of will rub off on him. David Lovegrove's Record Ace has a left-hand crank lovingly filed out of a William's one to match the Raleigh type. The Sachs duomatic gear made another appearance this year in Dave Minter's Moulton... back-pedal to change gear, (look ma no wire!) but be careful not to operate the rear brake, also back-pedal, at the same time. David used our tough-guy event as a warm-up for a 24-hour the following weekend and we hear did a very creditable 373 miles! Roger Walker's AW 3-speed was hidden inside a 5-speed hub shell, just to confuse us; if there is more of this sort of thing it may become necessary in future years to x-ray competitors' machines to be sure nobody is cheating with a small disguised diesel engine. We should add that the Sunbeam bottom bracket gear is epicyclic, so though not strictly speaking a 'hub' gear, it is nevertheless quite admissable (broad church, see?)

After a week of warm and sunny summer weather throughout most of the country, it was too much to hope that we would enjoy a glorious sunny day for the 11th and Golden Jubilee year Tin Can Ten. Ominously, the local radio news had reported that Sutton Bonington, on the edge of the course, had had over an inch of rain the previous night, and indeed there were several heavy showers during the morning. However, the epicyclic gods were smiling on us a little, and everyone got round before a torrential rain burst delayed the results and prize giving by half an hour. Prizes were awarded finally in a nearby stable (empty of horses), although by then everyone was thoroughly soaked!

In hot pursuit of the historic examples of Anquetil, Merkx, Indurain and Armstrong, Tony Page collected the Sturmey-Archer Simon Antill Trophy (aka the Tin Can Man) for the 3rd time; Graham Lansdell and Chris Thompson (aka the usual suspects) received Tin Can T-shirts, as did Cathy Melia for her first ever time trial, and the Loughborough Sock went to David Westwood to compensate for his late start.

As always we are very grateful to the time-keepers, marshals and helpers of the Loughborough Phoenix C.C. without whom and in despite of the weather none of this would be at all possible.