Can Julian Jenkinson defend his National 12-hour title against a list of challengers headed by twice champion and competition record holder Andy Wilkinson?
Jenkinson (Utag-Yamaha.com), who covered 292.49 miles for victory 12 months ago on his way to taking the British Best All-Rounder crown, is last away in a field of 91 for Sunday’s championship on a Prees-based course in Shropshire.
Wilkinson (Port Sunlight Wheelers), who won his first title in 1996 before returning to win again in 2009, starts ten minutes earlier while those hoping to upset the party include Andy Bason, second in each of the last two years, and his Team Pedal Revolution clubmate, former BBAR Nik Bowdler.
Multi-champion Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit RT) returns to the V718 course in East Yorkshire, where he set his competition record of 17-57 last year, for Saturday’s Bridlington CC 10 which has attracted a full field of 120 riders plus reserves.
The challengers include Kevin Dawson (Sportscover.com), James Gullen (Teamwallis CHH) and Richard Meadows, now racing for Velo 29, while Wendy Houvenaghel (Bikechain Ricci) will be hoping for the right conditions to challenge her women’s competition record of 19-50.
Hutchinson, Houvenaghel and women’s national champion Julia Shaw (www.drag2zero.com) head for South Wales the following morning for Merthyr CC’s 25 on the fast Glynneath course. A total of 180 riders line up in the main and overflow events.
Olympic pursuit champion Rebecca Romero (XRT-Elmy Cycles) is last off in Pendle Forest CC’s 10 on Saturday evening on the L1015 course at Levens, in Cumbria, where Nick Shaughnessy (Science In Sport.com) heads the male entry.
Event organiser Barry Charlton is first off in Lyme Racing Club’s 25 on the A50-based Blythe Bridge course, in Staffordshire, on Saturday and could well be at the top of the final leaderboard on past form. Scott Westwood (Walsall RCC), Charles Taylor (South Pennine RC) and Jon Surtees (Team Swift) are likely challengers.
Seven days after setting a new best for 50 miles of 1-40-08, Scott Povey (I-ride.co.uk) returns to Etwall as scratchman in Derby Mercury RC’s 25 which also has a full field of 120 riders and reserves.
Nick Dwyer (Lewes Wanderers CC), Richard Prebble (Motorpoint) and Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael) head the field for Sunday’s a3crg 25 at Greatham, Hampshire, the fifth round of the Flying Hamster Series.
Top names in Bedfordshire RCC’s charity 25 at Tempsford on Sunday morning are evergreen Ian Cammish (Planet X RT) and Peter Balls (West Suffolk Wheelers). Cammish rides after an early-morning start on Saturday in the VTTA East Anglian 10, at Redenhalls, Norfolk, where he comes up against Nino Piccoli (Team Pedal Revolution).
Keith Murray (Ferryhill Wheelers), Richard Meadows and Harry Armstrong (Berwick Wheelers) are top seeds for Cramlington CC’s 10 on Sunday at Widdington, Northumberland.
This weekend’s top events
Saturday, August 13
Lyme RC 25m – Blythe Bridge, Staffs (course J5/8), 2pm
Derby Mercury RC 25 – Etwall, Derbyshire (course A25/11), 5pm
Coventry CC 25 – Princethorpe, Warwickshire (course K10/25P), 2pm
Bridlington CC 10 – Newport, East Yorkshire (course V718), 2pm
Pendle Forest CC 10 – Levens, Cumbria (course L1015), 6pm
Sunday, August 14
RTTC National 12-Hour Championship – Prees, Shropshire (course D12h/1), 6am
Yorkshire CF 100 – Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire (course V275), 6am
Merthyr CC 25 – Glynneath, South Wales (course R25/3L), 9am
A3crg 25 – Greatham, Hampshire (course P881r/25), 7am
Reading CC 25 – Padworth, Berkshire (course H25/1), 7am