Adam Duggleby (Science in Sport.com) took victory in the latest round of the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series, staged by Team Swift on a course in East Yorkshire on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Yorkshire rider clocked 50-16 for the 24-mile course, which used Hutton Cranswick as headquarters and used a course between Beverley and Driffield.
His time was 45 seconds better than Chippenham and District Wheelers’ Jeff Jones, who is currently second in the table and was aiming to consolidate that position with victory in the sixth round.
The final podium spot in the senior men’s race went to Kevin Dawson (Sportscover.com) from nearby Doncaster, who was just 17 seconds behind Jones.
Over in the women’s event, Michelle King (Team Jewson) secured a convincing win to underline her bid for the overall title.
The 37-year-old clocked 57-17 to win by almost three minutes from Herbalife-Wheelbase rival Lynne Hamel.
The senior men’s category has already been won by Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT), and while he has entered the seventh and next round of the competition he was absent this weekend, preferring instead to ride the Derby Mercury Road Race at Sutton Bonnington, where he secured a convincing victory.
Elsewhere, there was a close finish in the Severn Road Club 50 on Sunday, staged on the popular Ashton Keynes bypass in Wiltshire.
Warwickshire Road Club’s Scott Povey proved fastest with 1-43-12, but only just.
After his exploits in the National Time Trial Series on Saturday, Jeff Jones (Chippenham and District Wheelers) returned to more familiar roads to take second spot in the Severn 50, covering the U46/50b course just 13 seconds slower than Povey.
And Bath CC’s Rob Pears took third with 1-45-04, while fastest woman was Lynne Taylor with 2-03-44.
Over shorter distances, the course record was beaten in the Cardiff 100 Miles RCC 10 on Saturday.
Leisure Lakes rider Simon Harradine clocked 19-48 to set a new record for the R10/17 course at Abergavenny, and was 41 seconds faster than his nearest rival on the day, Cwmcarn Paragon’s Luke Cornish.
While the course record wasn’t threatened, there were still some good times recorded in the Kent CA 25 near Thanet on Sunday.
The event at St Nicholas at Wade saw 15 riders clock personal best times, while the fastest was Andy Miles (VC Elan) with 54-07, just edging out top junior Michael Barnes (Colour-Tech) was 19 seconds.
In Derbyshire, James Ratcliffe (Fred Williams RT) out-shone more established riders when he won the Stone Wheelers 25 at Blythe Bridge on Saturday.
His time of 50-02 was good enough to push Richard Bradley (I Ride RT) into second by 8 seconds, while third spot went to Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre), another 29 seconds back.
Newcastle-based Karl Denton (Yorkshire Velo) won the GS Metro hill-climb in Northumberland on Sunday, covering the distance in 4-43.1 to win by just 1-3 seconds from Herbalife-Wheelbase rider Ian Taylor.
The event at Hedley on the Hill attracted 34 of the region’s best climbers, and while conditions weren’t great it still gave them plenty of practice ahead of the national championships next month.
Rhos on Sea CC rider Dan Evans proved fastest in Sunday’s other hill-climb, the ABC Centreville event on Blackstone Edge near Littleborough in Lancashire.
His time of 7-57.5 was almost six seconds faster than James Coleman (Witham Wheelers), while Lee Baldwin (Buxton CC) took third, just ahead of former national champion Mark Lovatt (Planet X) in fourth.
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