With the fate of the series already decided, the battle for the minor podium places in the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series places continues on Saturday.
Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT) cannot be caught after winning four rounds, but the battle for second spot looks set to be a three-horse race over the final three rounds.
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This Saturday’s event is the sixth round, and is being staged by Team Swift on the V733 course in East Yorkshire, a 24-mile course for all categories going from HQ at Hutton Cranswick on minor roads between Driffield and Beverley.
Having already ridden five events, Bottrill’s team-mate at I Ride Scott Walker lies second in the table, but breathing down his neck is third-placed Jeff Jones (Chippenham and District Wheelers) and another I Ride member Julian Ramsbottom.
With a second and two third places already under his belt, Jones looks favourite to catch Walker whose best finish was fourth spot in round three.
A rider’s five best performance count towards the total, meaning that Bottrill cannot be caught, even if Jones wins all remaining rounds.
Both Jones and Ramsbottom will tackle this Saturday’s race, while Walker and Bottrill do not.
And in the women’s event, Michelle King (Cult Racing) will be aiming to secure a third victory and boost her ambitions of overall glory.
Currently top of the table, Rebecca Slack (The Altitude Centre) is not riding Saturday’s event, so looks set to relinquish her lead.
As well as King, second-placed Lynn Hamel (Herbalife-Wheelbase) will be aiming to overtake Slack. But having lost out to King in the fifth round by almost a minute and a half, she will need a big upturn in her form.
Elsewhere, the hill-climbs season continues to draw out the big guns as they prepare for the National Championships next month.
Saturday sees Swindon Road Club hold their two-stage event on Snap Hill near Marlborough in Wiltshire, where the likely contenders include Danny Axford (Arctic Premier RT), Pete Tadros (In Gear-Quickvit RT) and Rob Gough (Adeo Cadence).
Further north, the Stone Wheelers 25 from Blythe Bridge to Uttoxeter on Saturday has attracted a full field of 150 plus reserves.
South Pennine Road Club’s Charles Taylor is the last man off, while others aiming for the podium include Keith Murray (Ferryhill Wheelers), Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) and Neil Skellerd (Congleton CC).
Sunday sees two 50-mile time trials on the calendar, both with good fields.
CC Breckland’s event at Morley in Norfolk has Team Pedal Revolution.co.uk trio Nik Bowdler, Andy Bason and Mark Arnold on the startsheet, although they are unlikely to have it all their own way with John Iszatt (API Metrow) in the field.
And Severn Road Club’s event at Ashton Keynes in Wiltshire sees Jeff Jones (Chippenham and District Wheelers) tackle his second event following the National Series event the previous day.
Challenging him for the win are Stuart Dodd (Drag2Zero.com), Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) and Rob Pears (Bath CC).
And in Sunday’s hill-climbs, former National champion Mark Lovatt (Planet X) tackles the ABC Centreville climb at Blackstone Edge, as does Ian Stott (Blackburn & Dist CTC).
And further north, Ian Taylor (Herbalife-Wheelbase) looks favourite for the GS Metro hill-climb at Headley on the Hill in Northumberland.
This weekend’s top events
Saturday, September 17
Rudy Project National TT Series, round six, 24 miles – Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire (course V733/24), 2pm.
Stone Wheelers 25 – Blythe Bridge, Derbyshire (course J5/8), 2pm.
Cardiff 100 Miles RCC 10 – Abergavenny, Gwent (course R10/17), 3pm.
Swindon Road Club two-stage hill-climb – Snap Hill, near Marlborough, Wiltshire (course UHC50), 2pm.
Sunday, September 18
CC Breckland 50 – Morley, Norfolk (course B50/18), 7am.
Severn RC 50 – Bradstone Pavilion, near Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire (course U46/50b), 7am.
Norlond TT Combine 25 – Tempsford, Bedfordshire (course F1/25), 7am.
ABC Centreville hill-climb – Blackstone Edge, near Littleborough, Lancashire (course J9/11), 11am.
GS Metro hill-climb – Headley on the Hill, Northumberland (course MH11), 11am.