LOCAL cyclists will be testing themselves against Olympic and world champions in a major event in Staffordshire this weekend.
Olympic gold medalist Laura Trott and world champion Elinor Barker will both take to the county’s roads in the open trials event.
Stafford Road Club and Walsall Road Club have joined forces to host the May Bank Holiday weekend Vets Open Time Trials.
This year the trials include round two of the West Midlands Women’s Series.
The first event takes place on Saturday May 24 (2pm) on the K48/10 from Weston, down the A51 to Stone and back.
The first event is where round two of the West Mildands Women’s series will be decided.
The competition will be extremely tough with 34 women taking part which include double Olympic gold medalist Laura Trott OBE and World Champion Elinor Barker who both ride for Wiggle-Honda.
The Stafford RC women’s team (Susan Semple, Annis Moore, Lousie Notley, April Lewis, Chrisitne Bresson and Sue Smith) are all looking for some good results on their home course and to replicate their success in round 1 where they picked up five individual prizes as well as the team prize.
Susan Semple said: “It looks set to be a super tough race this weekend with some of Britain’s best women riders taking part.
“I just hope with this being our home course it will give the Stafford girls a slight advantage which we will need up against Olympic and World champions.”
On Sunday (11am) the second event take place on the K48/23 course where Stafford RC held a national series event recently and riders tackle the hilly 23 mile course from Weston over Blithfield reservoir to Uttoxeter and back to Weston.
Walsall RC have fielded the strongest team on paper and look set to mop up most of the top prizes.
But Charles Taylor (South Pennine CC) will be there to challenge Scott Westwood (Walsall RC) for the overall and Brian Camfield (Stone
Wheelers CC) is challenging Phil Brown (Walsall RC) for fastest vet on standard time.
It’s all down to who has the best form on the day and the fastest legs.
Stafford RC and Walsall RC host over 30 club TT events each year that are open to all.
These take place on a Wednesday evening from March
through until October and any local cyclist is welcome to come along and take part.
“It’s a friendly atmosphere with riders of all abilities taking part on different styles of bike,” said a club spokesman.
Full details of both club events programme can be found on their websites.
For more information please log on to www.staffordrc.org or www.walsallroadscc.co.uk or by contacting Alastair Semple (Stafford RC) on 07914 756 796.