With a time of 18-07 to his credit already this season, Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit) went even closer to his own competition record when he won the City RC (Hull) 10-mile event in East Yorkshire with 18-04.
Just seven seconds off his own national record of 17-57, Hutchinson’s ride came on a good but not perfect day, and many think that the V718 course at South Cave could see the record broken later this year.
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While veteran Andy Bason (Team Pedal Revolution.co.uk) clocked 18-39 for second fastest, triathlete Phillip Graves (Clifton CC) also went under 19 minutes with 18-58.
Elsewhere, Chris Ball (Bio Bikes RT) won the High Wycombe CC Lesley Cole Memorial 10-mile event in Buckinghamshire with 19-12 for the H10/22 Marlow course, winning by ten seconds from the promoting club’s Adam Topham, while Steve Golla (Sigma Sport) was third with 19-59.
Doug Dewey (Cardiff University) broke the course record for the H10/17r in Oxfordshire when he won the British Universities and College’s Championship event at Kingston Bagpuize.
Dewey clocked 19-39 to win by 24 seconds from Sebastian Pancratz of Oxford university, while fastest woman was Corrine Hall of St Mary’s University, London.
Matt Bottrill made it three wins from three riders in this year’s Rudy Project National Time Trial Series, clocking 1-22-29 for the 33-mile, three-lap course at Longnor in Derbyshire on Good Friday.
Bottrill’s time was around three and a half minutes quicker than rival Jeff Jones (Chippenham & District Wheelers), while Sarah Storey (Horizon Fitness) was fastest woman for the 22-mile two-lap course, winning by more than four minutes with 1-00-25.