Double national champion wins by 30 seconds in the five mile time trial on his road bike

He may be recovering from fracturing two vertebrae at the Tour de France, but that didn’t stop Steve Cummings rocking up at his local club time trial last night.

Going back to his roots, Cummings showed up to the Birkenhead North End CC club time trial, the club he rode for as a junior, on Tuesday evening, resplendent in his British champion’s jersey for the five mile event.

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Unsurprisingly, Cummings managed to win the event, and by a pretty decent margin as well (particularly over such a short distance).

The final rider to roll out of the lay-by on the B5151 just outside Willaston, Cummings – riding his road bike complete with saddle bag and 750ml water bottle – set a time of 10 minutes dead, beating Liam Cottrell of Total Tri Training into second place by 30 seconds.

Steve Cummings poses with BNECC riders Jake Owens, Richard Evans, and George Higgins (Credit: Steve Molyneux)

From the number of photos posted to Facebook and Instagram by other riders at the event, Cummings then seems to have spent significantly more time posing for photos than he did out on the road.

Cummings is far from the only British pro to spend time back at his roots, with Alex Dowsett also a regular at his local 10 mile time trials at Maldon and District CC.

Bradley Wiggins also caused a stir last year when the former time trial world champion rocked up to a Tuesday evening 10 on the D10/1, clocking a 19-15 to win the event by 39 seconds.

Having fractured vertebrae at the Tour, it’s unclear whether Cummings will be racing again this season, but could return to attempt to defend his Tour of Britain title in September.