THE series winner in 2000 and 2003, Stuart Dangerfield returned to haunt his old rivals in Saturday?s Rudy Project Time Trial Series, winning by more than a minute in his first time trial for years.
Dangerfield, 36 and now riding for Wolverhampton Wheelers, entered the event at the last minute after returning from Australia and clocked 1-13-30 for the event to push series leader Kevin Dawson (Sportscover.com) into second place by 1-02.
18-year-old talent Richard Meadows was third, the Pezula RT ace clocking 1-15-19 to pip Richard Prebble to the last podium spot by 14 seconds.
It was Dangerfield?s first time trial in at least two years, and only his second competitive race following a criterium in Australia around Christmas. He also won that race.
The two-lap course at Great Witley in Worcestershire suited Dangerfield well, and with 37 seconds in the bag already at the end of the first 16-mile lap, he eased off slightly to win by 1-02.
There was a surprise winner of the women?s event with Corin Simmonds of Oxford City Road Club taking victory by a comfortable 2-11 margin over Avril Swann. She clocked 41-17 for the one-lap women?s course to beat her MI Racing rival by 11 seconds.
Richard Handley (Maxgear RT) won the junior event by 2-19 from Richard Houghton (Keswick Bikes), while in the British Disabled Championship Darren Kenny beat series leader Simon Richardson by 39 seconds.
Ian Dalton (Cherry Valley RT) was fastest veteran with 38-04., while Derek Hodgins (Stockport Clarion) was best rider on target time with a ?plus? of 6-32 from an actual time of 44-47.
More from the Rudy Project Series in this week?s Cycling Weekly.