Tin Can 25m TT, 1994

Results, Report and photos
THE VETERAN-CYCLE RACING CLUB & THE CHARLOTTEVILLE C.C.
25 Mile Time Trial, 9th July 1994
Course: H25/4 Under R.T.T.C. Regulations
Timekeeper: George Hunton, Charlotteville CC
Assistant Timekeeper: Helen Munday, Charlotteville CC
Event Secretary: David Eccles, V-CRC
Name Club Machine/Gear Time
Paul Vincent Bath C.C. c. 1970s Viscount Aero/Sachs 7 speed 1.02.08
John Tomlinson Sheffield Phoenix C.C. 1935 Granby/AM 1.02.31
Richard Grigsby Bath C.C. 1987 AM Moulton /55 1.04.21
John Woodburn Antelope R.T. 1933/4 F H Grubb /ASC 1.05.16
Clive Walton Redmon C.C. 1961 Hetchin's /ASC 1.10.10
David Eccles Loughborough Phoenix C.C. 1950 Ephgrave /AC 1.10.40
Bob French Weybridge Wheelers 1959 Rotrax /FC 1.12.37
Peter Soper V-C.R.C 1937 Bates 'Utopian'/FC 1.14.20
Chris Lovibond Hounslow & District Whlrs ? Carpenter/FM 1.16.02 *
Brian Donnan Cheltenham& County CC 1912 Dursley Pedersen, original D-P 3-speed 1.17.06
Keith Mitchell New Forest C.C. c.1960 Carpenter /ASC 1.17.21
Minoru Mitsumoto V-C.R.C. 1938 Rudge Sports /FM 1.21.21 **
Tony Deadman Maidenhead & District C.C. c. 1950 RRA /FM 1.21.05 ***
John Wheatley V-C.R.C. Apologies received D.N.S.
* Includes 2 mins late start. ** Includes 3 mins late start. ***Includes 2 mins 50 secs late start.
Thanks to the Charlotteville C.C. for allowing us to take advantage of its organisation, especially timekeepers, George Hunton and Helen Munday, all the marshalls and checkers, and everyone else who was helping.
David Eccles' Tin Can 25 Report, 1994 (this is the only '25' in the history of the Tin Can) The course for this event turned out to be rather stiffer than the organiser, and indeed some of the riders, had thought. Although it could hardly be described as 'hilly', the long drags, especially that on the outward leg into Four Marks where the wind also came into the equation, took much of the stuffing out of those of us whose legs were feeling the strain.
However as much of the sport of these occasions comes from the inspection and comparison of machinery and equipment quite apart from the ride itself, we did quite well in having such a wide selection of interesting cycles and gears. Brian Donnan, whose 1912 Dursley-Pedersen is equipped with the original D-P three-speed - the ratios of which are 50% up and 50% down from direct drive - found himself at one extreme from David Eccles whose Sturmey-Archer AC has a rise of 6.6% and a drop of 7.7% only. Among the more popular gears were the FM and more particularly the ASC, even if John Tomlinson favoured the very slightly wider ratio of the AM {though someone remarked that he would go fast even if he was riding a coffee-grinder}. Sturmey-Archer might perhaps take note of the disturbing fact that the fastest time of the day was achieved by Paul Vincent, using a new Sachs Super 7. Paul had only built the hub into a narrow rim a few days previously, and demonstrated a certain confidence in the whole set up in taking the'click box' off the rear drop-out to show a group of onlookers how easily the wheel could be changed without affecting the engagement of the gears, which he did just before the start!
We should be very pleased that the first V-C.R.C. hub-gear '25' attracted the notice of John Woodburn who had to labour under the twin difficulties of being sent off last and thus having inevitably to plough through most of the field, and in having to ride a borrowed machine (F H Grubb lent by Tony Deadman) with only a few minutes beforehand to become accustomed to it.If the addition of mudguards and chainguard cost a few seconds on a time-trial, as Minoru Mitsumoto may have found, then conversely a few may be saved by an aerodynamic helmet such as the one worn by Richard Grigsby, which was greatly admired by some very young embryonic time triallists. As the Moulton seems to perform rather well with hub gears, perhaps the V-C.R.C. should lobby Dr Alex with a view to having a few more in any subsequent events (possibly even a certain machine which was ridden rather quickly between Cardiff and London in 1962?).
Those riders who made late starts and had time penalties added can gauge their real times by subtracting the minutes shown in the footnotes overleaf. Due to the number of 'loose' riders at the finish our timekeeper may have allowed an inaccuracy to creep in, though the times overleaf are exactly as given to the organiser. Clive Walton {No.12} with commendably sportsmanlike honesty felt that he had been dealt with over-generously, having been within a whisker of No. 10's wheel at the finish; however, since we have been the guests of the Charlotteville Club on this occasion, it is thought best the matter not be challenged - sorry Clive, just enjoy your improved time!
Our thanks go to the Charlotteville C.C. for all its help and the generous use of its officials. The V-C.R.C. would be pleased to have any comments on this event, especially if there is any enthusiasm for repeating it another year. If your Club would welcome a section of veteran machines or gears in any of its events, do please let us know. The main aims are Fun, and using older equipment in the sort of events it was intended for.
Moultoneer Richard Grigsby | Brian Donnan on Durdsley Pederson. | John Woodburn, famous time trialist
Photos Brian Donnan/George Henderson

David Eccles is the inspired Founder of the Tin Can Ten.
These web pages were created and maintained by Brian Donnan. Restored to life by Stuart Collins July 2011. Thanks to John Catt for help given in re-finding the files in the dustbin of the internet.