Over ten years since he held four national titles in the same season, 45-year-old Andy Wilkinson broke his own competition record on his way to winning the UK National 12-Hour Championship in Shropshire on Sunday.
Wilkinson, the Port Sunlight Wheeler who simultaneously held the 50, 100, 12-hour, 24-hour and British Best All-Rounder titles in 1996, proved his class when he covered a provisional 302.46 miles to win the 2009 title race.
That figure was 2.19 miles more than his old record, but was enough to win the event by a whopping 18.68 miles from Wrekinsport CC’s Andy Bason.
Bason’s performance would have been enough for victory in last year’s title race but he, along with the rest of the field, were blown away by Wilkinson’s experience and dedication.
UTAG Yamaha’s Julian Jenkinson took the final podium spot with around one mile less than Bason, while the best of the women was Shetland Wheelers’ Christine McLean who covered a provisional 236.85.
Another '18' for Hutch in Bridlington 10
Multiple national champion Michael Hutchinson scorched round the fast V718 course in East Yorkshire on Saturday, taking victory with ease in a large field full of quality riders.
The In Gear-Quickvit RT ace covered the course for the Bridlington CC promotion in 18min 25sec, winning by 44 seconds from former British Best All-Rounder Kevin Dawson (Sportscover) who tied for second with Shorter Rochford’s Charles McCulloch.
Hutchinson’s performance was one of several quality rides across the country, with many riders honing their preparations for the British Circuit Time Trial Championship on September 6.
Barry Charlton wins Andy Wilson 50
Fourth in the East Yorkshire event, Lyme Road Club’s Barry Charlton remained in the White Rose county overnight and went on to win the Andy Wilson Memorial 50 in North Yorkshire on Sunday.
The Stoke-based rider clocked 1:50:23 to win the 78th running of the event, organised by the Yorkshire Cycling Federation, by 41 seconds from Yorkshire rider Joel Wainman (Team Swift) who had been sixth in the previous day’s East Yorkshire event.
Davies breaks course record in Kent 50
Elsewhere, Kent Cycles RC rider Malcolm Davies sliced 1:34 from the old course record in the Kent CA 50-mile event on the Q50/1 at Harrietsham.
Davies clocked 1:55:11 to win by 1:22 from Rye and District Wheelers’ David Wheeler, who also beat the previous mark.
The only other rider to go under two hours on a tough windy day was VC Revolution’s Darren Frostick, who took third with 1:59:06.
Parkinson wins VC Cumbria 25
Strong winds affected events across the country, but in Cumbria it almost led to the cancellation of the VC Cumbria 25 at Cockermouth.
Heavy rain and a westerly wind gave organisers a worry before the event, but the rain faded a little and although conditions were still bad, the event went ahead.
Cleveleys Road Club rider Derek Parkinson was particularly pleased it did, as he won in a time of 50:57, 3:42 ahead of his nearest rival, Border City Wheelers’ Carlo Berton, while the promoting club’s Adam Powe was third, another five seconds slower.
Staite pips Piccoli in Kings Lynn 25
A gusting crosswind also caused problems in the Kings Lynn CC 25 at Fincham in Norfolk on Saturday, where Python RT’s Dan Staite took victory in 55:36.
He pipped in-form API Metrow rival Nino Piccoli by just six seconds over the course from Stradsett to Mundford, with a slight headwind on the outward leg being negated by the strong wind and increasing traffic on the return journey.
Walters and Sykes wins A3crg two-up
One of few events to escape with a relatively still and dry day was the A3crg two-up 36-kilometre in Hampshire.
The event on the old A3 between Petersfield and Liphook also benefited from light traffic, using all B-roads as it does.
Fastest pair was Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport RT) and Phil Sykes (VC St Raphael) who clocked exactly 44 minutes. The promoting club’s Patrick Brennan and Seb Ader took second with 45:44, while pre-race favourites Simon Berogna (Wyndy Milla) and Steve Walkling (Velocity Bikes) had to settle for third, another 23 seconds off the pace.
|National 12-Hour Championship (Prees, Shropshire. Provisional result):|
|1 Andrew Wilkinson (Port Sunlight Wheelers)||302.46||miles|
|2 Andrew Bason (Wrekinsport CC)||283.78|
|3 Julian Jenkinson (UTAG Yamaha.com)||282.81|
|4 Carlos Riise (Shetland Wheelers)||275.84|
|5 Andrew Allan (New Brighton CC)||272.97|
|6 Neil Skellern (Congleton CC)||272.33|
|7 Jose Pinon-Shaw (Pro Bike Kit)||268.22|
|8 Brian Walker (Team Swift)||267.29|
|9 Colin Hayes (Liverpool Century RC)||263.93|
|10 Gordon Leicester (Warrington RC)||255.83|
|Women: Christine McLean (Shetland Wheelers)||236.85|
|Bridlington CC 10 (Newport, East Yorkshire):|
|1 Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit RT)||00:18:25|
|2 Kevin Dawson (Sportscover-Spiuk)||00:19:09|
|2 Charles McCulloch (Shorter Rochford)||00:19:09|
|4 Barry Charlton (Lyme RC)||00:19:43|
|5 Richard Handley (KUK Kinesis)||00:19:46|
|6 Joel Wainman (Team Swift)||00:19:59|
|7 Adam Duggleby (Shorter Rochford)||00:20:01|
|8 Stuart Walker (Walsall RCC)||00:20:06|
|9 Matt Howitt (Yorkshire RC)||00:20:14|
|10 Jason Bateman (Pendle Forest CC)||00:20:16|
|Women: Cath Weiss (M and D Cycles)||00:22:13|
|Andy Wilson Memorial 50 (Dishforth, North Yorkshire):|
|1 Barry Charlton (Lyme RC)||01:50:23|
|2 Joel Wainman (Team Swift)||01:51:04|
|3 Ian Cooke (Calder Clarion)||01:52:29|
|4 Steve Smales (Boneshaker Bikes RT)||01:52:52|
|5 Carl Saint (Yorkshire RC)||01:53:47|
|6 Gary Brown (Team Velo Ecosse)||01:55:42|
|7 Steven Burke (Macclesfield Wheelers)||01:56:12|
|8 Laurie Holmes (Team Swift)||01:58:04|
|9 Richard Hey (Holme Valley Wheelers)||01:59:24|
|10 Chris Yates (Otley CC)||02:00:09|
|Team: Team Swift (Joel Wainman, Laurie Holmes, Mike Lunn)||05:51:45|
|Handicap: Sheldon Howcroft (Otley CC)||01:44:57|
|Women: Denise Shackleton (Yorkshire Velo)||02:25:08|
|Women handicap: Samantha Mannion (Holme Valley Wheelers)||01:53:08|
|Veterans on std:|
|over-40s: Barry Charlton||+29:45|
|Over-55s: Derek Hodgins (Stockport Clarion) (2:11:29)||+46:17|
|Kent CA 50 (Harrietsham, Kent):|
|1 Malcolm Davies (Kent Cycles RC)||01:55:11||(course record)|
|2 David Wheeler (Rye and District Wheelers)||01:56:33|
|3 Darren Frostick (VC Revolution)||01:59:06|
|4 M Newton (Sydenham Wheelers)||02:00:33|
|5 R Masters (Wigmore CC)||02:00:36|
|6 S Henderson (Thanet RC)||02:01:04|
|7 A Stapleton (Chelmer CC)||02:02:19|
|8 A Bee (Kent Cycles RC)||02:02:45|
|9 J Goward (Farnham RC)||02:03:04|
|10 Garry Banfield (Kent Cycles RC)||02:03:26|
|VC Cumbria 25 (Cockermouth, Cumbria):|
|1 Derek Parkinson (Cleveleys RC)||00:50:57|
|2 Carlo Berton (Border City Wheelers)||00:54:39|
|3 Adam Powe (VC Cumbria)||00:54:44|
|4 Mick Smith (Cleveleys RC)||00:55:04|
|5 Mark Amor (VC Cumbria)||00:55:55|
|6 Peter Brear (VC Cumbria)||00:56:06|
|7 David Robinson (VC Cumbria)||00:56:43|
|8 Gary Tye (Preston CC)||00:56:58|
|9 Matthew Cuttler (VTTA North)||00:58:23|
|10 Phil Shaw (Lancaster CC)||00:58:32|
|Team: Cleveleys RC (Derek Parkinson, Mick Smith, Mick Black)||02:44:36|
|Kings Lynn CC 25 (Fincham, Norfolk):|
|1 Dan Staite (Python RT)||00:55:36|
|2 Nino Piccoli (API Metrow)||00:55:42|
|3 Ben Price (Finchley RT)||00:56:52|
|4 Andrew Leggett (Stowmarket & District CC)||00:57:14|
|5 Tony Parkes (North Bucks RC)||00:58:09|
|6 Les Desborough (Ely and District CC)||00:58:33|
|7 David Staff (VTTA East Anglia)||00:58:47|
|8 Angus Jardine (Ipswich BC)||00:59:00|
|9 Gary Rushmore (Kings Lynn CC)||00:59:34|
|10 Duncan Murphy (Cambridge CC)||00:59:34|
|A3crg 36km (Rake, Hampshire):|
|1 Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport) & Phil Sykes (VC St Raphael)||00:44:00|
|2 Patrick Brennan & Seb Ader (A3crg)||00:45:44|
|3 Simon Berogna (Wyndy Milla) & Steve Walkling (Velocity Bikes)||00:46:07|
|4 Jeremy Ponting & Jonathan Hepper (A3crg)||00:46:43|
|5 Phil Burton & Simon Tout (Velocity Bikes)||00:47:23|
|6 Rowan Horner & Simon Brooks (VC St Raphael)||00:48:27|
|Mixed team: Louise Dutch & Max Baldock (Poole Wheelers)||00:50:13|
|All Female team: Jennifer Hewitt (Sigma Sport RT) & Charlotte Blackman (London Dynamo)||00:52:25|
|Four-Up: Utag Yamaha (Paul Matthews, Paul Flight, Ian Patterson, Paul Bailey)||00:48:06|