Most of the top contenders for next weekend’s National 10-Mile Championship recorded strong performances as they finalised their preparations for the title race in Norfolk on Saturday.
Reigning champion Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit) clocked 19-32 to win the Peterborough CC 10 by more than three minutes on Saturday.
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Hutchinson won last year’s national title race by 19 seconds, and the man he beat into second spot, Matt Bottrill, also recorded a good performance this weekend.
The Drag2Zero.com rider won the Melton Olympic 10 with a time of 19-27, over a minute quicker than his nearest rival in a strong field for the event at Six Hill, Leicestershire.
Other riders going under the 20-minute mark included Nick English (AW Cycles) with 19-54 in the Sri Chinmoy CT 10 on the Witney bypass in Oxfordshire.
He was just nine seconds faster than veteran Pete Tadros (In Gear-Quickvit), while Justyn Cannon (RAF CA) took third with 20-22.
Veteran Jon Simpkins (Drag2zero.com) took a good victory in the Beacon RCC 10 Janet Kelly event at Salford Priors, Warwickshire, on Saturday. His time of 20-15 was 22 seconds quicker than his nearest rival.
In round four of the RTTC National Time Trial Series staged around Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria, victory in the men’s 31-mile race went to Mark Holton (Drag2zero.com) with Bottrill choosing not to ride, Holton having clocked 1-06-23.
Rebecca Rimmington (Trainsharp RT) was the fastest female, covering their 15-mile one-lap course in 37-12.
Over longer distances, Rob Scott (Plymouth Corinthian CC) clocked 36-26 to win the St Budeaux CC sporting 16 in Cornwall on Sunday – but second spot went to the impressive Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci) who was just 38 seconds slower.
Despite a low turnout there were some good performances in the Wessex 50-mile event at Lytchett Minster in Dorset.
More than a third of the finishers came home inside the two-hour mark, and race winner Jon Wynn (Northovers VT) beat the old course record by more than two minutes with his time of 1-47-44, which gave him victory by five and a half minutes.
Over 25 miles, Charles Taylor (South Pennine RC) clocked exactly 51 minutes to win the Stone Wheelers event at Blythe Bridge, Derbyshire, 1-29 quicker than Mark Turnbull (Leigh Premier RC) in second spot.
And in Cambridgeshire, CC Luton’s Ashley Cox won the North Road CC 25 with 53-40, almost three minutes quicker than anyone else.