British time trial round-up (Jul 30-31)

Near-perfect conditions greeted many time trials up and down the country – none more so than the East District CA 100 in Norfolk, where two competition records fell on Sunday.

Subject to ratification, both the men’s team competition record and the women’s tandem competition record were both lowered in the event on the B100/4 course, based around Morley and Attleborough.

The Team Pedal Power trio of Andy Bason, Nik Bowdler and Mark Arnold clocked 10-50-59, beating the 2004 mark of 10-51-38 set by Kevin Dawson, Mark Lovatt and John Tanner.

And Essex Roads CC pair Lea Marshall and Gwen Cook covered the distance in 4-04-15 to beat the 30-year-old record of Sue Swetman and Daisy Franks by more than five minutes, adding to the tandem records the pair already hold over 10 and 25 miles.

In the solo event there were 14 riders who went under the four-hour mark, while personal best performances littered the results board.

However, there was no individual competition record, despite UTAG rider Julian Jenkinson clocking an impressive time of 3-31-12.

He managed to stop Team Pedal from dominating the podium, and the record-breaking trio of Bason, Bowdler and Arnold had to settle for second, third and fourth with 3-32-32, 3-35-11 and 3-43-16 respectively.

Bason prepared for Sunday’s 100 with a winning performance in the Wrekinsport CC 25 on Saturday, clocking 52-59 to win by more than two minutes on the High Ercall course in Shropshire.

In Northampton, multiple national record holder Julia Shaw was down to ride the Northampton and District CA 20.9-mile event, which is due to stage the British Time Trial Championships in September.

But it was held on a shortened 19-mile course because of roadworks and Shaw chose only to ride for training and didn’t compete. David McLean (Pasta Montegrappa) won the shortened event in 40-44.

Shaw’s team-mate at, Stuart Dodd enjoyed a double winning weekend over ten miles.

He tackled the U7B course at Falfield in Saturday’s Gloucester City CC 10, clocking 19-59 to win by 14 seconds from Chippenham and District Wheelers’ Jeff Jones, and the pair met again on Sunday, where Dodd beat Jones by 24 seconds with a time of 19-256 for the U47 course at Ashton Keynes in Wiltshire.

Former national hill-climb champion Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) also went under the 20-minute mark when he won the Rugby RCC 10 at Dunchurch, Warwickshire, on Saturday.

He clocked 19-57 to win by 21 seconds from Peter Weir (Maidenhead & District CC), while rider Jon Simpkins was third with 20-23.

Over longer distances, Simon Bridge (Leigh Premier RC) won the Cheshire RC 50 at Goostrey on Saturday, his time of 1-50-26 beating Congleton CC’s Neil Skellern into second by 1-22.

And in Kent, Andy Miles (VC Elan) clocked 1-50-21 in the VTTA (Kent) 50 at Lydd, beating Andrew Meilak (Datateam Allstars) by 2-21, while third-placed David Wheelers (In Gear-Quickvit) was just 13 seconds further back.

High Wycombe CC’s Adam Topham proved a convincing winner of the West London CA 25 at Marlow in Buckinghamshire on Saturday. He stopped the clock in 51-15 to win by 2-05 from Newbury RC’s Ian Greenstreet, while VC10 rider Dave Johnson was third, another 15 seconds off the pace.

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