Marcin Bialoblocki disqualified after smashing 25-mile time trial record with 43-00

Polish rider's time is wiped off after he rode down centre of dual carriageway.

Marcin Bialoblocki riding for Poland at the 2015 World Championships
(Image credit: Sunada)

Marcin Bialoblocki has been disqualified from Sunday's Realteam.co.uk 25-mile time trial after setting what would have been a new competition record for the distance.

Bialoblocki clocked a provisional time of exactly 43 minutes for the 25-mile effort (giving an average speed of 35mph/56kmh), 1-04 faster than the competition record, also set by Bialoblocki, in 2016.

However the Polish rider has now been disqualified from the event after it was decided that he was riding too far out from the left of the road, close to the centre line of the A465 dual carriageway in Wales where the event was held.

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According to Cycling Time Trials regulations, competitors "must ride on the left hand side of the left lane" of dual carriageways except when overtaking or making right-hand turns. This prohibits the practice of riding down the centre line of a dual carriageway, which forces traffic into a single line and to pass closer to the rider, therefore giving an aerodynamic benefit.

Bialoblocki, a professional rider with CCC Sprandi Polkowice (but officially riding for Somerset Road Club in the event), is able to appeal the disqualification to the South Wales District Committee.

With Bialoblocki disqualified, victory went to Andy Jackson (SSLL Racing Team) in a time of 46-56.

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