UK time trial round-up: Richard Prebble wins Rudy Project #1
Making light work of the hilly course and sometimes challenging road conditions, Richard Prebble scored a comfortable victory in the opening round of the Rudy Project Time Trial Series in Kent on Sunday.
The Candi TV-Pinarello rider clocked 55min 22min for the 24.2-mile two-lap version of the course – an average of 26.2mph despite the course having plenty of lumps and some variable tarmac quality. Twickenham CC’s John Warnock was second with 56:37, while Malcolm Davies (Kent Cycles RC) was third, another minute and a half back.
But in a field of just 14 senior riders and a total across all categories of 62, the event left organiser Paul Mepham a little disappointed. A veteran organiser of many disciplines and many years, it was Mepham’s first Rudy Project promotion but left him wondering about whether he would promote another.
Problems with the size of the field were not helped by a scattering of DNS’s, with East Street Cycles’ Chris Birch perhaps the highest profile, citing illness as the reason for his no-show.
In the women’s race, held over one lap (12.1 miles), Sarah Storey (VC St Raphael) clocked 30:43 to beat Jessica Wilson-Young (Edinburgh) by just four seconds. Third went to Jane Kilmartin (London Phoenix) in 31:18.
Ian Dalton (Cherry Valley) claimed the veterans prize with a time of 28:20, while John Woodburn (VC Meudon) scored the best target time. Dean Fuller (Camel Valley) won the juniors category with 31:02 and Simon Richardson (Team Terminator) 31:53 was the quickest in the disabled race.
Dominic Munnelly victorious at Hamsterley
In CountyDurham, Newcastle’s Dominic Munnelly (KB Cycles) put his local knowledge to good use when he won the Bishop Auckland CC 32-mile time trial at Hamsterley on Sunday.
Clocking 1hr 15min 3sec, Munnelly was fastest by more than two and a half minutes while Westbrook Cycles’ Keith Murray – another local rider – was second.
Brett Harwood wins Spalding CC hilly
Murray’s team-mate at Westbrook Cycles, Brett Harwood rode a local time trial in Lincolnshire and scored a victory by exactly one minute.
The Peterborough-based rider won the Spalding CC hilly 27-mile event, and was only the second rider ever to go under the hour mark for the course. But he was 12 seconds off the course record, which is currently held by Andy Proffitt from 2006.
Hull’s Joel Wainman (Team Swift) settled for second, while the promoting club’s Adam Ellis was third and helped them to the team prize alongside Andrew Gurney and 15-year-old prospect Alex Avery.
Douglas Bradshaw tops podium in Essex
Laying down a mark for the future, Douglas Bradshaw (Cambridge CC) won the Jim Perrin Memorial Hardriders’ 25.5-mile event at Finchingfield in Essex on Sunday, clocking 59min 30sec for the inaugural event on the course.
The 36-year-old from Royston in Hertfordshire won by 32 seconds from API Metrow’s Mark ‘PNuT’ Arnold, while scratch man Paul Smith (PCA Ciclos Uno) had to be content with third.
The event was staged by the Chelmer CC in memory of Jim Perrin, who was killed while riding a time trial on the A12 in 2003.
Julian Ramsbottom notches fifth consecutive win
Notching up his fifth consecutive win in the event, De Rosa RT’s Julian Ramsbottom won the Harrogate Nova CC 24-mile event on Saturday, but had to beat some quality opposition.
He was 30 seconds faster than Planet X hardman Wayne Randle, while in-form Clifton CC rider Phil Graves was third, another 11 seconds off the pace.
Chris Madge wins near ‘nam
Event organiser Chris Madge proved that men can multi-task when he won the Severn Road Club Hardriders 23-mile event at Marshfield, near Chippenham, on Sunday.
Madge’s local knowledge helped him take a slender seven second victory over Cavalier CC rival David Kiddell, while Bath CC’s Rob Pears completed the podium, 59 seconds behind Madge.
Rudy Project Time Trial Series (Tenterden, Kent, round one):
Seniors (24.2 miles):
1 Richard Prebble (Candi TV-Pinarello RT)
2 John Warnock (Twickenham CC)
3 Malcolm Davies (Kent Cycles RC)
4 Steve Castle (GS Invicta)
5 Nick Leech (Ashford Wheelers)
6 Mark Hiddlestone (Bynea CC)
Espoirs: Daniel Bill (Team Echelon)
Veterans on target time:
1 John Woodburn (VC Meudon)
2 Reg Smith (DCB Kent)
3 Tony Stott (Westbrook Cycles)
Veterans on actual time:
1 Ian Dalton (Cherry Valley RT)
2 David Thorogood (Ystwyth CC)
3 Ian Cooke (Calder Clarion)
Juniors: Dean Fuller (Camel Valley C&TC)
Women: Sarah Storey (VC St Raphael)
Disabled: Simon Richardson (Team Terminator)
Bishop Auckland CC (Hamsterley, County Durham, 32 miles):