Strong winds and drizzle scuppered many riders’ efforts to record fast times up and down the country as April showers appeared somewhat late.
But while the majority of ‘ordinary’ time triallists struggled, the strong men seemed strangely unaffected.
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Evergreen Ian Cammish (Planet X) managed to clock 1-45-23 for the Norlond TT Combine 50-mile event on the F1 course in Bedfordshire, winning by almost three minutes from Baines Racing rival Jason Gurney, while his Planet X team-mate Hywel Davies was third, 5-07 off Cammish’s pace.
In other 50-mile events, 45-year-old Alf Hilton (Congleton CC) won by almost four minutes in the Dukinfield CC event at Goostrey in Cheshire, the Wigan rider pushing Wills Wheels’ Nige Wood into second.
And also winning by around four minutes was Joel Wainman (Team Swift) who battled through the exposed conditions on the A19 in North Yorkshire to win the Stockton Wheelers event from Ferryhill Wheelers’ Keith Murray. Wainman also helped Team Swift to the team prize.
If anything, Sunday’s conditions were harder than the previous day and this was aptly demonstrated in the Chippenham and District Wheelers 10-mile event on the Ashton Keynes bypass in Wiltshire, where Jeff Jones of the promoting club was victorious with 19-26, just ten seconds ahead of Chris Ball (Bio Bike RT), while Bath CC’s Rob Pears was third by just one second.
The event was also ridden by Stuart Dodd who, although not an official entrant and not logged on the result sheet, impressed onlookers with an impressive 18-59.
Finally, Rudy Project National Series leader Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT) won the Bill Spencer Memorial 25 in Derbyshire, powering through a cruel headwind to win by around a minute and a half in 50-39.