Former European junior champion Joe Perrett came of age as he upset the favourites to win Sunday’s National 25-mile time trial championship in Lincolnshire.
Fourth last year, the 22-year-old Team IG Sigma Sport rider clocked 49-21 for victory by ten seconds over Matt Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) with defending champion Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT) – bidding for a record seventh title – pushed back into the bronze medal position in 49-58.
Perrett’s team-mate Ryan Mullen took fourth place in 50-57 ahead of Jeff Jones, 51-38, and Mark Holton, 51-47, who combined with Bottrill to secure the team title for www.drag2zero.com.
The result gave Perrett, from Ilford, his first senior title and a boost in his bid for selection for next month’s European Under-23 championships. “I’m very happy with it, and a little surprised,” he said.
“I’ve been slowly improving over the past month, but I hadn’t raced these guys all year – I just got my head down and tried to go as fast as possible and not over-complicate things.
“The course was nice and flat, which is great for me, and it had a few twists and turns in it which I think suited me more than Matt and Michael. I enjoyed it as a good test.
“I want to ride the European Championships, I’m doing everything possible to get myself there, and hopefully this hasn’t done my chances any harm.”
The halfway check showed Perrett, whose winning time broke Bottrill’s course record by just under two minutes, five seconds to the good over Bottrill with Hutchinson a further eight seconds back.
Defending champion and pre-race favourite Julia Shaw (www.drag2zero.com) duly made it six titles at the distance, clocking 56-18 to win from surprise packet Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC), 57-39, who secured her first championship medal after finishing fifth in last month’s ‘10′.
Rebecca Slack (Look Mum No Hands) repeated last year’s bronze medal with third place in 58-18.
With favourite Scott Davies (Liverpool Mercury Dolan CC) a non-starter, the junior men’s title went to Luke Hattersley (St Ives CC) who extended a four-second advantage at halfway into a gap of 46 seconds over Christopher Fennell (PMR@Toachim House) by the finish, 55-38 to 56-24. Third place went to Charlie Lowndes (MG Decor Team Carbon Bikes Solutions), 57-03.
Second in the 10-mile championship, Bryony Board (Glendene CC) moved up one to land the junior women’s title in 1-03-58, beating Sophie Dorey (Guernsey VC) by 59 seconds.
Bottrill, Perrett and Hutchinson