UK Time-Trialling round-up

Times are quick in near perfect conditions

National 10-Mile Champion Michael Hutchinson added the 25-mile title to his growing list of titles with a convincing victory at Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday.

Hutchinson clocked 50min 49sec to win his second 25-mile title, and looked smooth as he ploughed his way up and down a course which included no fewer than 17 roundabouts.Second spot went to Shorter Rochford ace Charles McCulloch with 51min 50sec, and he also led Shorter Rochford to the team prize with Richard Bradley and Bill Moore helping to make a combined time of 2hr 41min 22sec.

Fourth in the 10-mile title race, Ben Instone (Scientific Coaching) stepped up to the podium with 52min 5sec to take third place.

Beijing Olympic hopeful Sharon Laws (Halfords Bikehut) was a convincing winner of the women’s title, beating National 10-mile winner Julia Shaw (GS Strada) into second by more than a minute.

Laws looks set to ride the road race at the Olympics this summer, but if her performance at Sawtry is any indication she could be a useful addition to the Olympic time trial field as well. Laws led Halfords Bikehut to the team prize with sixth-placed Emma Trott and Jessica Allen, 13th, completing their line-up.

And in the junior event, Richard Handley (Max Gear RT) won with 56min 39sec, the Lancashire rider pushing out National 10 winner Daniel Arblaster (Guernsey Velo) into second spot by 21 seconds, while Tom Black (Manx Road Club) was just one second further back in third.

Elsewhere, reigning British Best All-Rounder Kevin Dawson (Sportscover-JE James) boosted his defence of the BAR title with victory in the Cleveland Wheelers 50-mile event at Crathorne in

North Yorkshire

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Dawson, from Doncaster, clocked 1hr 42min 54sec to win by 1-36 from Preston Wheelers’ John Morgan, while Team Swift Allsports’ Joel Wainman was third, another 1-30 off the pace.

Also scoring an impressive victory was Dawson’s former team-mate Mark Lovatt (Planet X) whose time of 1hr 48min 52sec in the Manchester Wheelers 50-mile event at Goostrey, Cheshire, was fastest by almost five minutes.

Clocking 1hr 53min 43sec, Neil Skellern (Congleton CC) had to settle for second spot, while Alf Hilton (Warrington Road Club) was third.

On a dry and warm day across most of the country, there were several quick 10-mile times recorded.

Pedalsport CC rider Blair Buss clocked 19min 19sec in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation event in East Yorkshire to beat Steve Gore-Brown (Team Swift-Allsports) by 22 seconds, while Nino Piccoli (API Metrow) won the Eastern Counties CA 10 at Bottisham in Cambridgeshire with 19min 50sec.

And on a weekend with eight 50-mile events across the country, former British Best All-Rounder Ian Cammish (Planet X) clocked 1hr 45min 40sec to win the Finsbury Park CC event at Tempsford, Bedfordshire, by 1-48 from Cambridge CC’s Ken Platts.

In the Sussex CA event, Steve Dennis (East Grinstead CC) proved victorious with 1hr 53min 9sec, winning by exactly four minutes from Lewes Wanderers rider Mark Winton.

And north of the border, Jim Cusick led a one-two for Glasgow Couriers in the Fife Cycling Association event at Freuchie, clocking 1hr 52min 58sec to win by 1-20 from team-mate Chris Smart, while Joe Wilson (Sandy Wallace Cycles) completed the podium with 1hr 54min 47sec.

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