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Britain's top riders tackle tough Weston time trial course

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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BRITAIN’S top riders were at Weston on Sunday as Stafford Road Club hosted the national RTTC Time Trial series event.

And despite the windy conditions, on a hilly course, nothing could slow them.

First riders off were the paracyclists and this competition was won by the National champion Rik Waddon (Para T-Paracycling Team) in 54:44.

Then came the veterans with local rider Scott Westwood (Walsall RC) setting a personal best 49:45 and winning that competition.

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In the Vets on Target Time section, Peter Greenwood (Team Swift), now age 62, clocked a time of 53:20 and took over three minutes out of his nearest rival in this competition and finished 26th overall.

It was then the women's turn and records began to tumble. Annis Moore (Stafford RC), the current record holder, was the fifth rider off and finished just 21 seconds short of her record ride.

But then the favourites began to finish bettering many of the men's times with Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) the best on the day with a time of 51:39 beating National champion and Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle Honda Women's Pro Cycling team) into second place with a nine-second lead.

The junior event was won by James Falconer (Ferryhill Wheelers) with a fabulous time of 50:20 which put him joint 12th in the overall field.

The senior men's event took the final stage with five record breaking rides, the overall winner being Matt Bottrill who took an impressive 3:05 seconds off Charles Taylor's (South Pennine CC) record and 1:42 off his nearest rival Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles).

Yet again, Bottrill demonstrated his current form and dominance on the men’s British time trial scene. His average speed was 28.9mph on the 22 mile course which included 420m of climbs.

“It was a great day as everything went to plan, the rain held off and the riders made easy work of the tough local course with some testing climbs,” said event secretary Susan Semple.

“The records set today were astounding and will take some beating. Hopefully we can now hold another event next year which will attract such a quality field of riders.” This was the second of six rounds in the 2014 series. For more details on future Stafford RC events go to the club website at www.staffordrc.org

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