British time trial preview (July 23-24)

The big guns are out in Yorkshire on Saturday. Competition record holder and multiple national champion Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit) is last man off in the Wolds Racing Team 10-mile time trial on the superfast V718 course in East Yorkshire.

A massive field of 180 riders plus reserves are down to ride the A63 course which has seen many fast times recorded over the last few years – and if the weather is kind, this Saturday could see even more.

This is the same event where Hutchinson set a new competition record of 17-57 last year, and he will be aiming to improve that mark.

And having already completed that course in 18-07 this season in April, he appears to have the form to do just that.

But what about the other 179 riders?

Team Pedal will be aiming to put Andy Bason and Nik Bowdler on the podium, while I Ride Racing Team’s Matt Bottrill will be aiming to show the sort of form which has helped him become a runaway leader of this season’s Rudy Project National Time Trial Series.

Meanwhile, there will be an interesting tussle for the junior prize, with Planet X rider Ryan Mullen and Team Jewson UK’s Josh Teasdale going head to head.

The first rider to tackle the course on the A63 from South Cave to Welton and back goes at 2pm, while Hutchinson doesn’t start until 5pm.

Elsewhere, there is also a full field of 120 riders for the Warrington Road Club 25 on Saturday, which uses the popular J2/9 course between Withington, Chelford and Twemlow.

Last man off is Sky Pro Cycling professional Ian Stannard, while he will be pushed by Paul Shallicker (Cover Your car) and the promoting club’s Steve Hankey.

Preston Wheelers duo John Morgan and Paul Fleming are among the favourites in the Lancashire Road Club 25 on the Garstang course on Sunday.

Following his ride in the Warrington RC event on Sunday, Shallicker is down to ride at Garstang too.

Others who may be pushing for the podium include Paul Greenhalgh (ABC Centreville) and Dave Isherwood (Team Swift).

And a field of 68 riders have entered the Mersey Roads Club 24-hour event, which begins at 1pm on the course in Farndon, Cheshire.

With many of the top names having ridden the National 24-Hour Championships in East Sussex, the Mersey Roads Club event looks wide open.

This weekend’s top events

Saturday, July 23
Mersey Roads Club 24hr – Farndon, Cheshire (course D24HR), 1pm.
Warrington RC 25 – Goostrey, Cheshire (course J2/9), 2pm.
Adept Precision RT 25 – Knayton, North Yorkshire (course T252/2), 2pm.
Crawley Wheelers 10 – Horsham, West Sussex (course G10/57), 6am.
Wolds RC 10 – Newport, East Yorkshire (course V718), 2pm.

Sunday, July 24
Southern Counties CU 100 – Ashington, West Sussex (course G100/60), 6am.
VTTA (Kent) 50 – Lydd, Kent (course Q50/11), 6.30am.
Diss and District CC 25 – Bressingham, Norfolk (course B25/17), 7am.
Lancashire RC 25 – Garstang, Lancashire (course L2525), 7am.

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