WARM weather saw a good turnout and some strong performances for Mercia Cycling Club over the weekend.
Joshua Waters (Sherwood Pines Cycles SRAM RT) led the way, finishing in 15th place overall after three stages of North West International Youth Tour held at Preston Sports Arena.
His team-mate, Oliver Peckover, did even better, finishing in second place.
The winner was Matthew Walls (Velocity WD-40) and the race was contested by 69 youths who completed the three stages.
Waters also performed well on the Curborough sprint circuit organised by Lichfield City CC, finishing in third place in the under-16s race.
Lauren Sleigh finished the same race in 15th (sixth placed woman), with the winner Phoebe Martin, who is a member of the promoting club.
Racing at Mallory Park saw Christian Aucote finish in eighth in the 50-kilometre race, which was won by Matthew Clarke of London Velo.
Jack Hugill finished 10th in a time of 1hr 58mins 50secs in the Nottingham Clarion 50 mile time trial held on the Granby circuit, which was partly on country lanes and the A52 between Grantham and Bingham in Leicestershire.
The very warm conditions caused Matt Simons to slow down, finishing low down the field with a time of 2:24:44.
Scot Walker (MG Decor Team Carbon Bikes Solutions) timed 1:47:33 to win the time trial, with a total of 51 riders finishing the course.
Hugill and Nigel Finch both rode in the Melton Olympics open 10-mile time trial on the Fosse Way course at Six Hills in Leicestershire on the previous day.
Finishing in 13th position in a time of 22:03 was Hugill, with Finch posting a time of 23:52 to finish in 34th place out of the 63 riders who entered the event.
Prolific winner in time trials Matt Bottrill (www.Drag2Zero.com.uk) posted a time of 19:08 and was the only rider to time over 30mph.
Early rain showers threatened Mercia HBM’s 10-mile time trial on the revised Anslow circuit, but it proved to be a good event, with visiting rider Lee Aston of Sodbury (near Bristol) setting a new course record.
Aston (Sodbury Road Club) finished with a time of 23:22, shortly followed by Jason Seabridge on 23:26. David Clarke (KTM road-and-trail.com) posted a time of 23:29, with Sean Sleigh and Waters (Sherwood Pines Cycles SRAM) making up the top five and both setting a time of 24:45.
Elliott Harrison and Ben Startin both followed with times of 24:58 and 25:46 respectively.
Simon Parker completed the circuit in a time of 27:15, with Robert Gower next across the finish with a time of 27:28.
Tony Marlow made up the top 10 with a time of 28:08, with Oliver Parker and Andy Burton finishing in close succession with times of 28:22 and 28:29.
The last three riders to finish in under 30 minutes were Jeff Slinn in 28:55, Andy Leach in 29:34 and Bailey Waters in 29:52.
Robert Manghan posted a time of 30:27, with Jon Worters setting a time of 31:47, Adrian Waters 32:43, Lauren Sleigh 36:25 and Peter Rose 39:06.
The first three on handicap were Robert Manghan with a time of 21:12, Andy Burton with 21:29 and Andy Leach on 21:34.
Despite the cross wind, five Mercia riders also took part in the South Pennines Road Club’s Thursday Evening 10-mile time trial on the Etwall Foston course.
Twenty riders took the opportunity to ride in the event, with Hugill coming second in a time of 21:25.
Andy Wray set a personal best of 22:28 and finished ahead of Tony Marlow on 24:55, Anne Staley on 27:25 and Rose who finished in 31:25.
The fastest rider was Philip Brown (Walsall Roads Racing Club), who completed the event in just 21:20.