The winner for the last three years, Michael Hutchinson (In Gear Quickvit RT) was in superb form as he secured another win in the National 10-Mile Time Trial Championship, staged in Hampshire on Sunday.
Hutchinson clocked 18min 7sec to win the event by 43 seconds in a field full of class. His time was just nine seconds short of the national record set by Bradley Wiggins in 2006.
The last man off, Hutchinson looked composed as he took victory with relative ease, although his form was something of an unknown with the In Gear rider not having ridden many time trials over the last year.
Second spot went to Plowman Craven RT’s Tony Gibb, whose time of 18min 50sec was good enough for second place, and Shorter Rochford’s Charles McCulloch took third with 19min 03sec.
In the women’s event, Julia Shaw (GS Strada) produced the second fastest ride ever (after Wendy Houvenaghel’s 19’50 last year) to win. Clocking 20min 32sec, the 42-year-old won by just four seconds from 19-year-old Joanna Rowsell (Halfords Bikehut) with another Halfords Bikehut rider Emma Trott finishing third in 21min 10sec.
And in the junior event, Guernsey Velo Club 17-year-old Daniel Arblaster won with a time of 19min 53sec, beating club-mate James McLaughlin by 10 seconds.