Fastest by more than two minutes, the Science in Sport.com team of Adam Duggleby, Alistair Rutherford and Alex Royle were crowned National Team Time Trial Champions after a superb ride in the title race in Hampshire on Sunday.
They clocked 1-15-34 for the 36.5-mile course which winds its way round from Rake to Liphook, Liss and Petersfield to leave Cycle Premier-Metaltek team of Simon Wilson, Tony Gibb and Dale Appleby to take second spot with 1-17-48, while In Gear-Quickvit were third.
With 25 miles covered, second spot belonged to the Twenty 3C-Orbea team of Mike Cumings, Andy Lyons and Andrew Griffiths. But Lyons punctured shortly after, and the two remaining riders continued to the finish and clocked 1-17-13 which would still have been good enough for second.
The Women’s title went to the a3crg trio of Jo Edson, Jane Allen and Johanna Lovell.
Meanwhile, the warm and dry weekend helped many riders clock personal best times, and there were also some course records broken as well.
Kevin Tye (Datateam Allstars) won the Thanet RC 25-mile event at St Nicholas at Wade in Kent, which was staged on the Q25/10 course rather than the scheduled course at Challock because of roadworks.
Tye’s time of 52-37 nipped 16 seconds off his own course record, and was good enough for victory by almost two minutes from VC Elan’s Ady Miles, while Dave Wheeler (In Gear-Quickvit) was third.
Up in Northamptonshire, Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero.com) set a new course record of 43-11 on his way to victory in the Northampton and District CA 19.5-mile event at Litchborough on Saturday.
He won by 48 seconds from Baines Racing’s Jason Gurney, while Simpkins also helped Drag2Zero take the team prize.
It was also a good weekend for the longer distances, with six 50-mile events planned.
Former British Best All-Rounder Kevin Dawson, the Sportscover.com rider who has just returned from America where the team won the Race Across America, took victory in the Andy Wilson Memorial 50 in North Yorkshire.
He clocked 1-41-06 to win the event from Boroughbridge to Dishforth and back by almost a minute and a half from Cleveleys RC rider Derek Parkinson, while Neil Skellern (Congleton CC) was third, another two minutes off the pace.
In Essex, UTAG Yamaha.com riders dominated the Shaftesbury CC 50 at Great Chesterford, which was moved from the Six Mile Bottom course in Cambridgeshire to the E2/50b because of roadworks.
Julian Jenkinson (UTAG Yamaha.com) won the event with an impressive 1-40-24, 1-07 faster than his club-mate Steven Whitewick, while Planet X’s evergreen Ian Cammish took third with 1-43-24.
Despite the course being slightly slower than that planned, the near-perfect weather meant that there were 45 personal best times.
Talking of fast times the Mark Storer Memorial, promoted by Belper BC in Derbyshire on Saturday, was won by reigning national champion Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit) who clocked 46-49 to win by almost three minutes from Walsall RCC’s Scott Westwood.
Third-placed Joel Wainman (Team Swift), fourth-placed Andy Bason (Team Pedal Revolution.co.uk) and fifth-placed Nik Bowdler (Pedal Revolution.co.uk) also did fast rides and went under the 50-minute mark with 49-31, 49-34 and 49-40 respectively.
And there were also some impressive performances in the VTTA National Championships on the L1015 course at Levens in Cumbria.
Mid-Shropshire Wheelers’ Dennis Milsom defied his 83 years with a winning performance of 24-55 which gave him a plus of 10-51 on his age standard.
Also setting a plus of 10-51 – but second because of his youthful 80 years, Ron Hallam (South Pennine RC) was a narrow second having clocked 24-04, while Derek Stewart (Deeside Thistle CC) took third, the 75-year-old clocking 22-53 for a plus of 10-41.
Finally, Eastbourne Rovers’ Iain Brogden was victorious in the Old Portlians CC 10-mile event at Horsham in West Sussex, clocking 20-18 to beat Richard Prebble (Motorpoint Pro Cycling) by 22 seconds.