GREAT Britain ace Alex Dowsett scored a convincing victory in the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series on Saturday as he continues his build-up to the World Championships later this month.
The 100 Per Cent ME rider beat team-mate Russell Hampton by more than two minutes over the 31-mile course at Botolph Claydon in Buckinghamshire, with series leader Kevin Dawson relegated to third place, more than three minutes behind in-form Dowsett.
?I was really pleased with my ride,? said the 19-year-old from Essex, who was also the fastest man in the field for the British Time Trial Championships last week. ?I was using the event mainly as preparation for the worlds.
?The course was really sporting, as was the British Championship last week, so they?ve both been good preparation for the Worlds. I had wanted to do some racing before the worlds, and the two events slotted in perfectly.?
Series leader Michelle King, the newly-married Wyre Forest CRC rider who previously rode under her maiden name of Brown, won the women?s 20.5-mile event in 50min 23sec despite being directed off course for a short time after a marker had been altered, but she still won by 36 seconds from Avril Swann (MI Racing).
Rudy Project National Series (Round six, Botolph Claydon, Bucks).-
1 Alex Dowsett (100 Per Cent ME) 1-04-23
2 R Hampton (100 Per Cent ME) 1-06-46
3 K Dawson (Sportscover.com) 1-07-31
4 M Holton (Pro Bike Kit) 1-08-10
5 W Sybrandy (Sigma Sport RT) 1-08-30
6 S Baxter (MTS Cyclesport) 1-10-07
Women (20.5 miles).- Michelle King (Wyre Forest CRC) 50-23. Juniors.- Richard Houghton (Keswick Bikes.co.uk) 49-33. Veterans.- Ian Dalton (Cherry Valley RT) 46-35. Veterans on std.- John Woodburn (VC Meudon) (50-19) +15-34. Disabled.-Richard Davies (High Wycombe CC) 51-02.