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CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON KICKS OFF

The Team Time Trial kicks off the 2015 run of RTTC National Championship that continues throughout the rest of the season ending with the Hill Climb in October. Saturday sees 37 teams taking part in the 32.5-mile event at Farndon, near Newark, Nottinghamshire, promoted by Central District Council of Cycling Time Trials.

With last year's Champions, Haribo Beacon, absent the way is open for the 2014 runners up Richardsons-Trek RT to move up to the top step of the podium. This year Rhys Howells, Andrew Hastings and George Wood represent the team, Wood replacing Dean Shannon, who was in the 2014 line up with Howells and Hastings. This time Shannon joins LLoyd Chapman and Simon Alexander in the Richardson-Trek B team.

Fourth last year the Arctic-Tacx RT trio of Danny Axford, Michael Broadwith and Tim Bayley look to reach the podium this year. Strong opposition can be expected from Team Swift (Andy Jackson, Alastair Wareham and Simon Beldon), a3crg (Charles Mitchell,Steve Williamson and Patric Brennan) and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA( Sean Childs, Leon Marshall and Aled Jones), fifth last year, and Pedal Heaven (Jamie Pine, Robert Moore and Chris McNamara).

Seven women's teams compete with 2014 Champions Pearl Izumi Sports Tour International BOBC changing their winning line up of Sarah Storey, Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne by replacing Storey with Anna Turvey. This time Storey rides with Joanna Rowsell and Katie Curtis. Pearl Izumi's third team has Nikola Butler, Lauren Creamer and Gabriella Shaw riding. Team Swift's Jo Blackburn, Kirsty Smith and Alex Smethurst are among the challengers.

The course starts at East Stoke and is based on the A46. First team is away at 14.03 with teams away at three minute intervals. Richardsons-Trek are last off at 15.51, Team Swift go at 15.48, Arctic-Tacx 15.45, Storey' team 15.00 and the Archibald trio at 15.09.

Event headquarters are at Farndon Memorial Village Hall, Marsh Lane NG24 3SZ.

Full list of entrants can be found under the Start Sheets section of the Events heading on CTT's website.




IRWIN TAKES ANFIELD CLASSIC

Another Bank Holiday and with it three days of time trialling with fair weather in most places. Monday's classic Anfield Bicycle Club fell to Steve Irwin (North Lancs RC) with a 3-46-02 which put a stop to Nigel Haigh's run of victories in the event, the Strategic Lions rider finishing second this time with a 3-52-05 after having won the last three promotions.

Irwin's team mate Ian Cox claimed third with his 3-56-10, a repeat of his 2014 place. Second last year, Mark Turnbull (TORQ Performance) had to be content with seventh this time with a 4-04-17. Giving his account books a rest Cycling Time Trial's National Treasurer Mark Sanders (Mid Devon CC) rode and clocked 4-17-18. First woman was Hannah MacDonald (Liverpool Century) with 4-28-48.

HOUNSLOW 100 NUMBER 5 FOR TOPHAM
 

Both of our British Best All Rounders went for the Hounslow & District Wheeler's 100. Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) notched up his fifth consecutive win in the event, a record, with his 3-34-01 while Jasmijn Muller (Paceline RT) was fastest of the women with a 4-07-30. Previously it was Martin Roach who held the record for wins with four successes to his credit. Topham's time was a course record and a four minute improvement on his own PB for the H100/88. Topham reckons that his "four-hour Turbo session have done the job."

Peter Harrison (GS Henley), 3-45-50, and Richard Spink (Bristol South CC), 3-46-21, completed the top three places.

COURSE RECORDS GO

Switching to the well supported 10-mile time trials we had Matthew Bottrill (drag2zero) winning the Mapperley CC event with a 19-26 with Ryan Perry (Longdale Lightweights) at 14 seconds and James Perkins (Team Zenith GC Cycles) third with a 20-31 while best woman was Louise Day (Team Swift), 25-16. A course record 19-33 on the L101 gave Mark Holton (drag2zero) the Lancashire RC event ahead of Steve Irwin, 20-05, two days before his Anfield BC win. Holton's time was a 10 seconds improvement on the previous best set by Bradley Wiggins on the Garstang

Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) also won with a 19-33, the Lampard RC event where Justin Layne (CC Ashwell), 19-58, and David McGaw (Cambridge CC), 20-01, provided the closest opposition.

A winning 19-54 by Matt Burden (Severn RC) in the Bristol South CC 10on the U7b at Stone was a one second improvement on the course record. Matt Postle (Bush Healthcare) and Billy Oliver (Bike Science-Boardman Elite) rounded out the podium with their respective 21-11 and 21-17. The promoting club's Joanna Knight, 24-59. was first woman.

WIN FOR ARMITAGE

Rosie Armitage (Team Echelon-Rotor) headed the women's table in the Walsall Roads CC 10 with a 23-25, 22 seconds quicker than Liz Powell (Mike Vaughan Cycles) managed. A 24-34 earned Lucy Walters (Wyre Forest CRC) third place. The men were led home by David Mead (Hinckley CRC), his 20-49 giving him an 18 seconds advantage over Walsall Roads' Scott Westwood.

DOUBLE FOR DEAN

Dean Robson (Cheltenham & County CC) had a good weekend taking two wins, the Westbury Wheelers 26-mile event and the North Devon Wheelers 25. A 59-06 for the 26-mile event gave him victory by 2-08 over Rob Pears (Procycling Magazine) while his 53-12 gave him a near 2-00 win over Matt Slater (Exe Velo) in the 25 where Crystal Spearman (Nopinz) was best of the women with her 1-02-41.

STOREY FIFTH IN JANUS EVENT

Multi-Paracycling World Champion Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sport Tours International BOBC) turned in a 55-28 to win the women's prize in the Janus RC 25 where David Crawley (Fibrax-Wrexham) won with a 51-53, six seconds too good for Inter-Services 10 and 25-mile Champion Alexander Royle (Army CU). Storey's time was good enough for fifth place in the overall listing. Julia Shaw (drag2zero) was best of the women in the Farnham RC 10 with her 20-58 while Rob Sharland (Paceline RT) won the event with a 19-13.

Full results can be found on our website under Events.

 


 

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