British time trial round-up (Sept 6-7): News and result from around the UK

National 10, 25 and 50-mile national champion Matt Bottrill (Drag2zero.com) added another big achievement to his 2014 season when he broke the competition record for 25 miles in Wales on Sunday.

Leicester-based Bottrill clocked 45-43 to win the Port Talbot Wheelers 25 on the R25/3L course near Rhigos on a near-perfect day for time trialling, beating Michael Hutchinson’s two-year-old record by just three seconds.

Bottrill was quickest on the day by more than a minute, while former record holder Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit) had to settle for second spot with 46-49. Blake Pond (North Devon Wheelers) clocked 47-56 for third spot.

Fullarton Wheelers set a new team record as they took victory in the Georgetown Cup in Scotland on Saturday.

The popular inter-club event sees teams race over a seven-mile course near Inchinnan in Renfrewshire, and the fastest eight riders count towards the team time.

Fullarton Wheelers were almost two minutes quicker than their nearest rivals with 2-13-42, leaving Nightingale CC second with 2-15-40, while Lomond Roads CC were not far behind with 2-15-53.

There was also a new tandem record for John Charles Fox and Gordon Watson of Glasgow Couriers with 17-02, while the Fastest Flying Scot prize went to VC Glasgow South rider Martin Wilson who clocked 16-46.

Elsewhere in Scotland, Callum Finlayson (Moray Firth CC) was quickest in the Ronnie MacDonald 10 at Polnicol near Invergordon, clocking 20-42 for the 10-mile course.

He was 26 seconds quicker than Sandy Wallace Cycles’ Kyle Gordon, while Tony Hay (Highland Bikes RT) was third.

Alasdair Washington (Caithness CC) was top veteran on standard with a plus on 6-10, while Anne Mitchell (East Sutherland Wheelers) was fastest female on handicap with 20-39.

In Surrey, Ed Bradbury (Cambridge Univ CC) won the Redmon CC 10 at North Holmwood, clocking 20-04 to take the win by 21 seconds from Chris McNamara (Pedal Heaven) on Saturday.

In Tyne and Wear, Keith Murray (Ferryhill Wheelers) won the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service 10-mile event at Boghouses, clocking 20-23 to win by 20 seconds from Carl Donaldson (GS Metro), while veteran Mark Strang was third with 21-21.

Another veteran, Kevin Tye (VeloRefined Aerosmiths) was quickest in the Charlotteville CC 10 at Bentley in Hampshire on Saturday. He covered the H10/8 course in 19-31 to take the win by 45 seconds from Lewes Wanderers’ James Lowden, who was riding on fixed.

In Dorset, Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael0 won the Poole Wheelers 25 at Lytchett Matravers with 51-47, leaving Mike Ford (Blazing Saddles) and Greg Parker (VC St Raphael) second and third respectively.

In Cambridgeshire, Jason Kierman (St Ives CC) was fastest in the Veterans TTA (East Anglia) 10 at Six Mile Bottom. He covered the course in 19-34 to win by 16 seconds from Matthew Woods (Eastbourne Rovers), while fastest veteran on standard was 84-year-old Eric Marsh (Ciclos Uno) who had a plus of 9-06 having covered the distance in 24-11.

And in Surrey, Catford CC won the Surrey League Four-up Team Time Trial Championships on the Alfold/Kirdford circuit.

Their quartet of Harry Godding, Lawrence Carpenter, Henry Latimer and Ashley Dennis covered the 34-mile course in 1-12-15 to win by almost five minutes from the composite team from Bigfoot CC and London Phoenix.

  • Richard Braginton

    Alf Engers national championship 25 miles 1978 49 minutes 24 seconds 128 in gear no carbon fibre, skin suit, aero helmet, in fact no aero anything, the actual time may have fallen but that record stands forever