After clocking an impressive 19-55 to take second spot in the National 10 a fortnight ago, Michael Hutchinson will be aiming to claim a fifth National 25-mile title when the race is staged in Devon this Sunday.
Hutchinson was only denied a seventh consecutive National 10 title by Bradley Wiggins, but with the Sky professional not tackling the National 25, few would bet against Hutchinson to claim victory when the ’25’ takes place at Holsworthy.
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Off before Hutchinson is Drag2Zero.com’s Mark Holton, while Rudy Project National Series leader Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT) is off two minutes before him.
Elsewhere, there are plenty of interesting events taking place for riders who prefer longer distances.
The VC Cumbria ‘50′ has attracted top riders including Preston C’s Robin Brennan as well as the promoting club’s Brian Payton, while Derek Parkinson (Cleveleys RC) could also find himself on the podium.
And Team Swift’s Joel Wainman, who was second to Julian Jenkinson in the Manchester Wheelers 50 last weekend, will be aiming to go one better with victory in the Ferryhill Wheelers 50 at Crathorne in North Yorkshire on Saturday..
Several riders are chasing fast 10-mile times this weekend, with the Yorkshire Cycling Federation staging an event on the fast V718 course at Newport in East Yorkshire.
A full field of 150 plus tandems and reserves are due to tackle the event, with last of the solo riders being Andy Bason (Team Pedal Revolution), while other fast men include his team-mates Nik Bowdler and Nino Piccoli.
This weekend’s top events
Saturday, June 4
VC Cumbria 50 – Cockermouth, Cumbria (course L505), 2pm.
Ferryhill Wheelers 50 – Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (course T502/2), 2pm.
Dukinfield CC 25 – Goostrey, Cheshire (course J2/9), 2pm.
Yorkshire Cycling Federation 10 – Newport, East Yorkshire (course V718), 2pm.
Heanor Clarion 10 – Etwall, Derbyshire (course 10/19), 6pm.
Somerset Road Club 10 – Axbridge, Somerset (course U21/10), 7pm.
Sunday, June 5
National 25-mile Championship – Holsworthy, Devon (course S40A/25). Juniors start at 8am, Women at 11am, men at 2pm.
Bynea CC 50 – Llandovery, Carmarthenshire (course R50/4), 8am.
Hitchin Nomads 25 – Tempsford, Bedfordshire (course F1/25), 6.30am.
Cleveland Coureurs 25 – Crathorne, North Yorkshire (course T252/3), 9am.