British time trial preview (Aug 27-29)

Time trial aces Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit RT) and Julia Shaw ( will be aiming to lower the 10-mile competition record this Sunday when they ride the Team Swift 10 on the superfast V718 course in East Yorkshire.

The course at South Cave is famed for being quick, and has seen hundreds of personal best times set as well as national records challenged.

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Such is the popularity of the course that a whopping 320 riders plus reserves have entered the three events which begin at 10am and see a rider set off every minute until 4pm, with just a 40-minute break in the middle.

The fast men are off first, with Hutch hitting the road at exactly 12noon. Later in the afternoon, Shaw is the last of the women to go, at 1pm.

However, records will only fall if the weather is favourable – and the mid-week forecast was for a slight breeze with only a small chance of rain.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Andy Bason (Team Pedal is scratch man for the North Shropshire Wheelers’ 25-mile event, which begins at 8am.

Barring incident, he looks set to come out on top in the event at Prees in Shropshire, while others who will be aiming to step on the podium include Rob Weare of Leamington C&AC.

The Westerley CC have attracted a good field of more than 100 riders for their 25-mile event on Sunday, which uses the H25/2 course near Marlow in Buckinghamshire.

High Wycombe CC’s Adam Topham looks a good bet for a podium finish, while Sigma Sport’s Lee Turner and Jerone Walters will challenge.

And James Gilfillan (Team Feat) and Seb Ader (a3crg) are also expected to reord fast times.

The Bank Holiday weekend begins on Saturday when Yorkshire Cycling Federation’s 30-mile event at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire sees some of the region’s best riders help to make up a field of 80 riders.

Local club Team Swift field several riders, the best of whom is expected to be Joel Wainman, while team-mate Simon Beldon is also capable of a fast time.

Also fielding several riders is Yorkshire Road Club, whose top hope looks likely to be Carl Saint.

Starting at the same time, Leicester Forest CC stage their 10-mile event at Thrussington.

Leader of the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series, Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT) is scratch man for that event where his team-mate Scott Walker also riders. And Lutterworth Cycle Centre’s Matt Sinclair could also mount a challenge.

The following day, I Ride Racing Team members will be in action in the Rutland CC 10 which uses the Hatfield Woodhouse to Blaxton course on the Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire border.

Scunthorpe-based Julian Ramsbottom will be aiming to secure victory in the event, but with in-form Keith Murray (Ferryhill Wheelers) making the trip down from Darlington, the winner is far from certain.

Further south, there is a quality field for the a3crg 50-mile event on the P885 course at Rake in Hampshire.

Team Pedal rider Nik Bowdler starts as favourite, but he will be pushed all the way by the likes of Julian Jenkinson (UTAG and the promoting club’s Seb Ader.

Cycling Weekly’s time trial round-up will be published on on Monday, August 29

This weekend’s top events
Saturday, August 27
Yorkshire CF 30 – Topcliffe, North Yorkshire (course V240), 2pm.
Leicester Forest CC 10 – Thrussington, Leicestershire (course A10/11), 2pm.

Sunday, August 28
North Shropshire Wheelers 25 – Prees, Shropshire (course D25/8e), 8am.
Westerley CC 25 – Marlow, Buckinghamshire (course H25/2), 7am.
Team Swift 10 – South Cave, East Yorkshire (course V718), 10am.

Monday, August 29
A3crg 50 – Rake, Hampshire (course P885/50), 7am.
Coalville Wheelers Two-Up 25 – Griffydam, Leicestershire (course A25/16), 8am.
Rutland CC 10 – Hatfield Woodhouse, South Yorkshire (course O10/1), 9am.

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