Returning from a two-week break, Michael Hutchinson slipped straight back into a winning groove in the Wolds Racing Team 10-mile time trial in East Yorkshire – although any hopes he held of challenging his competition record 17-57, set in last year’s event, were blown away by a stiff headwind on the longer return leg of the South Cave to Weston V718 course.
Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit) had to settle for victory in 18-25 ahead of emerging 21-year-old James Gullen (Teamwallis CHH), from Scarborough, whose 19-14 represented a personal best by 33 seconds and was nine seconds too good for Matt Bottrill (I-ride.co.uk) in third place.
With Ryan Mullen a non-starter, Josh Teasdale (Team Jewson) led the juniors in 20-50 while 13-year-old Declan Davies (CC Breckland) posted a creditable 22-37 as best juvenile. Alex Deck (Planet X RT) headed the women’s field in 23-15.
Pre-race favourite, Sky Pro Cycling’s Ian Stannard was a decisive winner of the Warrington RC 25 on a tough afternoon over the J2/9 course in Cheshire, clocking a course record – subject to ratification – of 50-36 for a clear margin over nearest rival Simon Bridge (Leigh Premier RC), 54-51.
Evergreen Ian Cammish (Planet X RT) was also in commanding form to return a winning 50-58 in Verulam CC’s 25 on a difficult morning of crosswinds over the F1/25 course at Tempsford, Bedfordshire. Luke Clarke (Team MK), 52-16, shaded second place by four seconds from Jim Moffatt (Team Virgin Active.
Scottish raider Phil Kelman (Deeside Thistle CC) covered a provisional 479.192 miles to top the leaderboard in the Mersey Road Club 24-hour test based on Farndon, Cheshire. Clocking up 250.099 miles in the first 12 hours, Kelman continued to ease away from second-placed Ultan Coyle (Rapha Condor), second with 466.84 miles, and Robert Gray (Pedal Power Loughborough), 447.002 for third place, over the second half. Lynn Taylor (Born To Bike RT) covered 425.032 miles for sixth place.
The timekeeper was unable to separate Tim Carter (Team Virgin Active) and Mark Jones (Oxford City RC) as they tied for first place in 20-02 in the Team Cambridge CC 10 at Six Mile Bottom. Dave Kendall (Finsbury Park CC) was 21 seconds back in third place on an afternoon of troublesome crosswinds on the E2/10 Cambridgeshire course.
Echelon-cycles.co.uk staged a weekend double bill, starting with a 16-mile test at Welland, Wocestershire, where Adam Hart (Worcester St Johns CC) prevailed in 37-55 and followed the next day by a 19-mile event north of Gloucester which saw Tim Wood (Echelon-Rotor) take the honours in 43-06. Rob Weare (Leamington C&AC) was 10 seconds down on Hart on Saturday and followed up with third place in 44-10 behind Wood and Dean Robson (Somerset RC), 44-05.
Ged Milward (Otley CC), 55-36 was a two-minute winner of VC Cumbria’s 25 at Cockermouth, while Warren Gell (Coveryourcar.co.uk), 53-39, was 57 seconds clear of second-placed John Morgan (Preston Wheelers) in Lancashire RC’s 25 at Garstang.
Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy RT) clocked 20.14 to win by 12 seconds from Justin Cannon (RAF CC) in the Oxonian CC 10.