Strong winds blowing across the East Yorkshire course made for a disappointing day on the V718 course on Sunday, as hopes of personal bests and competition records were put on hold.
Most regular riders of the South Cave course reported being almost a minute down on their personal bests, and while one or two did shave a few seconds off their PBs, they were in the minority in the Team Swift promotion
Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit RT) secured his expected victory, and although hopes that he would challenge the competition record were blown away he still clocked an impressive 18-38 to win by almost a minute.
Among the non-starters was Julia Shaw (Drag2Zero.com) whose absence meant that fastest of the women was Danuta Tinn (Maidenhead and District CC) with 23-13.
Hutchinson’s time was 34 seconds slower than his best time for the course this year.
Just four riders clocked sub-20-minute times on Sunday, whereas back on April 22 – when conditions were the best they have been this year – Hutchinson clocked 18-04 and was one of 16 riders to go under the 20-minute mark.
There were equally challenging conditions in the Leicester Forest CC 10 at Thrussington in Leicestershire, where RTTC-Rudy Project National TT Series leader Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT) won with 19-37.
He was the only rider to go under 20 minutes, and won by 1-07 from Team Midland’s Grigor Wallace, while Bottrill’s team-mate Scott Povey took third, another four seconds adrift.
With James Cambridge taking fifth, I Ride RT won the team prize too.
Hopes of a dry day for the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 30-mile event were dashed on Saturday, with only the early starters seeing any dry weather before substantial rainfall put an end to hopes of a quick time for most.
Team Swift won the team prize, led by event winner Joel Wainman who clocked an impressive 59-30 to win by around a minute and a half.
The evergreen Ian Cammish (Planet X) secured yet another victory, this time in the Rob Corrigan Memorial 10 staged by Peterborough CC on the N1 course at Stilton, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday.
He clocked 21-23 to win by 25 seconds from younger rival Brett Harwood (I Ride RT).
Despite the challenging conditions across much of the country over the Bank Holiday weekend, there was a course record broken on Monday in the East Dorset CA 15-mile event at Lytchett Minster.
Redhill CC’s in-form rider Rupert Burbidge clocked 31-10 to slice nine seconds off the old mark for the P416 and take victory by 44 seconds from Poole Wheelers’ Gary Dighton.
Up in Northumbria, Harry Armstrong (Berwick Wheelers) battled through the winds at Boghouses on the M101 course to win the Northumbria Police CC 10.
His time of 20-10 was enough to win by 21 seconds from in-form Keith Murray (Ferryhill Wheelers), while the promoting club’s Mike Harris took third, another 1-07 off the pace.
Bank Holiday Monday saw conditions improve slightly, although still by no means perfect.
Julian Jenkinson (UTAG Yamaha.com) won the a3crg 50 at Rake in Hampshire on Monday, his time of 1-42-03 being 18 seconds quicker than Richard Simmonds (The Altitude Centre) in second spot.
At half distance the pair were fighting it out, with just one second between then, 51-16 for Jenkinson and 51-17 for Simmonds. Overall, third spot went to Nik Bowdler (Team Pedal Revolution.co.uk).
And down in Devon, Blake Pond was celebrating a double winning weekend. Having won the Mid-Devon CC 25 at Buckfastleigh on Saturday, he went on to win the North Devon Wheelers’ 32 at Bishop’s Tawton on Monday.
His time of 1-11-27 was just two seconds ahead of runner-up Alec Baskaya (Bath CC).
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