THREE Mercia Cycling Club members were among the 27 finishers as the club performed admirably in difficult conditions at a time trial event in Leicestershire.
The Leicester Forest Cycling Club’s 25-mile time trial on the A46 (Fosse Way) course between Seagrave Sixhills and Widmerpool proved a challenging event due to the wet weather, with 29 entrants either unable to finish or did not start the time trial.
Jack Hugill clocked 56 minutes 57 seconds to finish in 10th place, while Ben Startin also got under the hour mark, finishing in 59:22 for 16th place.
Nigel Finch from Milton timed 1:01:38 to finish in 19th place.
The performance by the three riders ensured Mercia were the second best team overall.
A late afternoon thunderstorm was probably the reason why only 13 riders turned up to compete in the Tuesday evening time trial on the Anslow circuit.
Riding conditions were good with a fine evening and a light breeze, and as a result the majority of the riders achieved a faster time than the previous week.
Jason Seabridge was the fastest in 24:00 followed by Sean Sleigh in 24:30 and Robert Gower in 26:57.
The rest of the times were: Clive Walker 27:26, Simon Parker 27:31, Oliver Parker 28:12, Tony Marlow 28:37, Jeff Slinn 28:41, Andy Burton 28:53, Jon Worters 31:37, Anne Staley 32:55, Peter Rose 38:57 and at one lap Dave Peters 18:45. The first three on handicap were Robert Gower 21:42, Jeff Slinn 21:53 and Tony Marlow 22:07.
As it was good evening weather-wise, seven Mercia riders took the opportunity to ride in the Thursday evening club time trial organised by South Pennine Road Club on the Etwall-Foston course.
Their times were: Jack Hugill 21:35, Michael Collins 21:52 (a personal best), Clive Walker 22:51 (a personal best), Tony Marlow 24:28, Anne Staley 26:36, Nick Marriott 27:04 and Richard Scott 28:01.
Joshua Waters (Sherwood Pines Cycles) contested the third and fourth category road race in the East Midlands Regional Youth Championships held at Mallory Park, but as a youth rider he was at a disadvantage with his gear restrictions.
He did extremely well to finish in third place in the 40 minutes race.
Joshua’s father Justin, meanwhile, finished in the main peloton.