British time trial round-up (Aug 13-14)

In form Matt Bottrill, the I Ride Racing Team rider who is leading the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series, teamed up with Scott Povey and Richard Bradley to break the 25-mile team competition record by 28 seconds.

The trio clocked a total of 2-27-55 to beat the old mark of 2-28-23 set in 2005 by the API Metrow team of Michael Hutchinson, Sam Barker and Danny Alexander.

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Leicester-based 34-year-old Bottrill clocked 47-32 at the Derby Mercury ’25’ to win the event by around a minute and a half from Povey (49-29), while Luke Clarke (Team Milton Keynes) took third with 50-05, just short of breaking the 50-minute mark.

Bradley clocked 50-44 for fifth spot in the event, which saw several personal bests set on a cracking day for time trialling.

Andy Bason (Team Pedal was crowned National 12-Hour Champion after winning the 2011 title race near Prees in Shropshire on Sunday.

He covered a provisional 302.75 miles in the event, almost four miles more than runner-up Derek Parkinson (Cleveleys RC), while UTAG rider Julian Jenkinson was third, another 2.5 miles off the pace.

Taking 12th spot overall and fastest of the women was Lynne Taylor (Borm to BIke) who covered 252.47 miles. 

Elsewhere, there were also bucket loads of PBs in East Yorkshire, where the usual full field lined up to tackle the V718 course at South Cave which is renowned for fast times.

Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit) took the win with 18-11, which was an agonising 15 seconds short of breaking his own competition record.

Second place went to 41-year-old Kevin Dawson, himself a multiple national champion like Hutchinson, whose time of 18-52 was a personal best.

And the third-placed rider also went under 19 minutes, 21-year-old Team Wallis CHH rider James Gullen stopping the clock in 18-56.

Every rider in the top ten went under 20 minutes, while the women’s winner almost did the same with Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci) clocking 20-03.

Also flying the flag for women in time trialling was Houvenaghel’s fellow Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero, who won the Pendle Forest CC 10 at Levens in Cumbria by 18 seconds with her time of 20-44.

She beat Aled Roberts (Rhos on Sea CC) into second, while Nick Shaughnessy (Science in was third, another 27 seconds off the pace on the L1015.

There was a dead heat for top spot in the North Notts Olympic 10 at Sutton on Trent on Saturday, with James Coleman (Witham Wheelers) and Chris Hulme (Revolution Fitness) both clocking 20-37.

And two riders also clocked 20-52, Scott Walker (I Ride RT) and Shaun Eden (Mapperley CC) sharing fourth spot.

Conall Yates (In Gear-Quickvit RT) won the Eastbourne Rover 10 at East Hoathly in East Sussex on Saturday with 21-08, 17 seconds faster than the promoting club’s veteran Iain Brogden in second.

Oxford-based Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy CT) won the Frank and Joy Sheppard Memorial 10 in Northamptonshire when he clocked 21-55 for the N3/10c course near Old.

He took victory by 41 seconds from Jamie Scott (Colbert

Over longer distances, the promoting club’s Daniel Bloy won the Kings Lynn CC 25-mile event on the Stradsett to Mundford course in Norfolk.

He clocked 57-20 for the challenging course, which was exactly a minute quicker than joint runners-up Nick Jackson (Cambridge CC) and Will Bamber (Cult Racing).

South Pennine RC’s Charles Taylor scored a narrow victory in the Lyme Racing Club 25 at Blythe Bridge in Staffordshire on Saturday.

His time of 50-02 was just six seconds faster than 45-year-old rival Barry Charlton (Lyme RC), while Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) was third, another 21 seconds back.

In North Yorkshire, Berwick Wheelers’ Harry Armstrong won the Sep Edmenson Memorial 25 on the A19 at Crathorne. The 37-year-old clocked 52-52 to hold off 50-year-old David Robinson (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) by 58 seconds.

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