Heading for victory as he reached the final turn, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Paul Jones took a wrong turn and threw away the chance of glory in his club’s 25-mile time trial at Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, on Sunday.
Jones, who has ridden the course many times previously, ended up losing by four seconds to rival Dave Dent (Wightlink-Wight Mountain) from the Isle of Wight after his blunder.
After navigating the Upton bypass riders complete three laps of a circuit before turning off on the final circuit and heading to the finish. But Jones started a fourth circuit, and while he quickly realised his mistake and turned around, he had lost enough time to see first place slip away.
Veteran Dent clocked 53min 20sec to take the win, and while Jones recovered to stop the clock in 53min 24sec, Dent’s team-mate Sean Williams took third with 54min 52sec.
Along with sixth-placed Martin Piper, who clocked 55-06, Wightlink took the team prize, while the promoting club’s Jack Randle was best of the juniors with 59min 25sec and his team-mate Claire Day was fastest woman with 1hr 00min 55sec.
Saint sets new three-wheeler mark
Carl Saint had a good day in South Cave, East Yorkshire, setting a new national competition record for the men’s trike with a time of 21:02 in the Yorkshire Ladies CA 10 on the V718. Adam Duggleby took first place in the men's while Clare Ella was first lady and Jack Green was top junior.
Huge margin for Smith in Steeple
Paul Smith was fastest by more than six minutes in the Norman Wells Memorial 50-mile event at Steeple, Essex, promoted by Southend Wheelers.
The PCA Ciclos Uno rider clocked 1hr 52min 41sec to beat second-placed Gary Poole (API Metrow) by 6-03, while Hugh Vivian (Finsbury Park CC) was third, another 38 seconds off the pace.
Promising youngster George Wood of the Maldon and District CC turned in an impressive time, the 12-year-old covering the course in 2hr 32min 25sec, while best of the women was Charlotte Callesen (Cykle Klubben Aarhus) with 2hr 25min 37sec.
Rose sweet at Long Bennington
Wheelspin Cycles’ Scott Rose was a class apart in the Melton Olympic 25-mile event at Long Bennington, Nottinghamshire, covering the course to Carlton on Trent in exactly 52 minutes.
He won by 1min 26sec from Leicestershire Road Club’s Matt Sinclair, while the promoting club’s James Cambridge took third with 54min 28sec.
Team specialist Ramsbottom takes solo win in Nev Crane
Just over the border in Lincolnshire, newly-crowned national team time trial champion Julian Ramsbottom (De Rosa RT) took a solo victory in the Nev Crane Memorial 25-mile event, promoted by Sleaford Wheelers.
Ramsbottom clocked 53min 52sec to push the promoting club’s Jim Boyle into second by 1min 23sec, while prolific veteran rider Ian Dalton (Cherry Valley RT) was just two seconds behind in third.
Novice Cook runs close to Parry in Wales
In Wales, while VC St Raphael’s Colin Parry won the Don Woodman Memorial 25 at Usk, Gwent, all eyes were on novice Alan Cook from the hosting Ross on Wye Cycle Club.
He clocked an impressive 54min 11sec to come within 1min 8sec of Parry’s winning time and secure second spot by two seconds from Severn Road Club rival Matt Burbridge in third.
Randle new Yorkshire 10 champ
In Yorkshire, former professional road racer Wayne Randle took victory in the Yorkshire 10-Mile Championship, pipping reigning British Best All-Rounder Kevin Dawson to the title by just 12 seconds.
Barnsley-based Randle (Planet X) clocked 20min 40sec for the Boroughbridge course in North Yorkshire, while Dawson’s 20min 52sec was good enough for second, 19 seconds ahead of third-placed Carl Saint (Yorkshire Road Club).