JASON Seabridge set a new Mercia CC veterans record as he stormed a 25-mile time trial between Etwall and Uttoxeter, organised by the South Pennine Road Club.
Despite the heavy rain which saw a lot of cyclists fail to start, Seabridge set up a new veterans record for 25 miles when he finished in a time of 51mins 07secs.
Ben Startin also rode, recording a personal best time of 55:42.
Brett Harwood (Peterborough CC) was the fastest in 48:58.
On the same day, Nigel Finch and Peter Rose chose to ride the Walsall Road Cycling Club’s 10-mile time trial on the A51 between Weston and Aston by Stone.
Fortunately the rain was not as heavy as that in the South Pennine time trial.
Finch timed 24:58, while Rose timed 35:55, four seconds faster than his time in the Coventry 10-miler, to finish in 55th out of an entry of 77 riders.
The fastest was Scott Westwood, a member of the promoting club in 21:32 – one of only two riders faster than 22 minutes on this tough course which includes Sandon Bank.
The time trial included 26 women and was part of the Midlands Women’s Time Trial Series.
Of the 26 riding there were two of the UK’s top track riders, Laura Trott OBE (2012 Olympic Champion) and Elinor Barker (2014 World Champion in the Women’s Team Pursuit). Both are members of the Wiggle Honda Racing Team.
They were first and second, Trott timing 22:21 and Barker 22:59.
In road racing, Justin Waters and his son, Bailey, travelled to Thoresby Hall in Budby, near Newark.
The road races were promoted by the Forest Town Aces Cycling Club.
The first race was for under-16s in which Bailey competed. The race was over 25 minutes of a one kilometre circuit.
Bailey tried hard to stay with the leaders and did well to finish just outside the top finishers.
The winner was Thomas Humphrey (Kirklees Cycling Academy).
Justin rode in the fourth category and junior race lasting 45 minutes.
He started off well to get some King of the Mountain points on the hilly section, but with only three laps to go was ridden off the road.
He managed to battle back to the front of the race, only to be pushed off onto the grass tracking near the finish, ruining his chance of a top 10 finish. Dinnington Road Club’s Kieran Simcox was the winner.
David Clarke (KTM road-and-trail.com) finished in 11th place in the GA Bennett Road Race held at Grantham and organised by the Witham Wheelers Cycling Club.
The road race was held on a 12-mile circuit on quiet narrow roads with the main hill 1 km before the finish. The race distance was 133 km. Russell Falder (Clay Cross Road Team) won.
The latest 10-mile evening time trial was held on the Yoxall course between Meadow Lane and Constitution Island on the A515.
Conditions were dry with a light breeze and the entry of 12 riders was on the low side, no doubt due to the rain earlier in the day.
The riders and times were as follows: Jason Seabridge 22:43, Sean Sleigh 23:35, Andy Wray 24:25, Ben Startin 24:32, Ryan Clarke (Birmingham & Midland CC) 25:52, Andy Stewart 26:37, Tony Marlow 27:07, Oliver Parker 27:08, Jeff Slinn 28:13, Andy Burton 28:17, Paul Hudson 32;11 and Peter Rose 35:34.
The top three on handicap were Tony Marlow 20:07, Peter Rose 20:34 and Andy Burton 21:17.