Despite heavy rain and spray on the course, Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit RT) clocked an impressive 1hr 40min 37sec to secure a ninth consecutive victory in the National 50-Mile Championship in North Yorkshire on Saturday.
Hutchinson, who has already won the 2008 National 10 and 25 titles, added the 50 crown to his list of victories with an impressive ride which was almost four minutes quicker than his nearest rival.
Hutchinson averaged just over 1mph more than second-placed Andy Bason, the Wrekinsport CC rider from Shropshire, whose time of 1-44-26 was good enough for silver by just seven seconds, with Ben Instone (Scientific Coaching) third with 1-44-33.
Scunthorpe rider Julian Ramsbottom just missed out on a podium spot, the De Rosa RT rider clocking 1-44-36, while National 100 champion Richard Prebble (GS Strada) settled for fifth with 1-44-44.
The close times continued through the result, with just 40 seconds separating the next five riders, and that included Planet X duo Ian Cammish and Mark Lovatt, who were joined by Wayne Randle in the winning team with a time of 5-17-07.
In the women’s event, Julia Shaw returned to the top of the podium with a convincing victory, her time of 1hr 51min 39sec being a championship record which beat Yvonne McGregor’s 1995 mark of 1-51-53 by 14 seconds.
It was Shaw’s third National 50 victory in a row – and her fourth in total – and comes after she won this year’s National 10 back in May and was second in the National 25 earlier this month.
Blair Buss wins in Boroughbridge
Elsewhere, Halifax time trial ace Blair Buss (Pedalsport CC) won the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 15-mile event at Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, on Sunday to boost his lead in the season-long YCF Points Series.
He clocked 34min 24sec to secure victory by ten seconds from Team Swift-Allsport’s Mark Wolstenholme. Along with third-placed Steve Gore Brown (34-47) and sixth-placed Wayne Thorpe (36-29), Wolstenholme led Team Swift to the team prize.
Fourth on the day was Yorkshire Road Club’s John Coleman, who remains second in the points series after Sunday’s fifth round.
Eddie Humphreys on top in Spalding
GB Fire Service Racing Team’s Eddie Humphreys took victory in the Spalding CC 25-mile event in Lincolnshire on Sunday, with an impressive time of 56min 42sec for a tough course at Gosberton.
His time was good enough for victory by 1-23 from Kings Lynn CC rival Gary Rushmore in second, while the promoting club’s Adam Ellis was third, another 51 seconds off the pace.
Rushmore led Kings Lynn to the team prize alongside Adrian Porter and Martin Long, who clocked 1-00-16 and 1-01-06 respectively.
Haydn Maughan wins close one in Sunderland Clarion
At Ponteland, Tyne and Wear, Ryton Triathlon Club rider Haydn Maughan scored a narrow victory in the Sunderland Clarion 25-mile event on Sunday.
His time of 59min 1sec was only six seconds faster than Geoff Mount of Wheelspin Cycles-Scott, while Zeus CRT’s Colin Blacklock was third with 59min 20sec.