Weekend Round-up, Sept 8-9

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Josh Charlton and Isabel Sharp were crowned winners at the National Youth Championship finals, staged over a 10-mile course in Norfolk on Saturday.

Charlton, the 15-year-old Hetton Hawks CC rider from Durham, clocked 19-31 to take victory by just one second, while fastest female was 13-year-old Poole Wheelers rider Isabel Sharp whose time of 22-04 was best by 16 seconds.

Charlton was one of three riders who all broke the GHS Championship Record, while the fastest two girls also broke the girls championship records.

Alice Lethbridge

In the team category, victory went to the Poole Wheelers trio of Thomas Day, Jamie Whitcher and Isabel Sharp.

In-form riders Harry Tanfield and Alice Lethbridge governed the field in unsympathetic conditions to win the Port Talbot Wheelers 25-mile time trial on Sunday morning.

Commonwealth Games time trial silver medallist Tanfield had hoped to have broken his personal best in open time trialling at least on the infamously quick R25/3h course near Rhigos but blustery conditions subdued his efforts.

The Cleveland Wheelers rider posted a time of 46-18, but headwind on the going out proved to be the wrong direction for most including Tanfield.

Double 100-mile and 12-hour National Champion Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) had the same problems as her male counterpart.

Lethbridge was no slouch and posted a time of 53-19, 20th best of all time but organisers admitted the conditions were far from suitable for any record breaking rides.

Jessica Rhodes-Jones

National record holder Marcin Bialoblocki (NOPINZ) rode the Mid Devon CC 25, and clocked 47-20 to win by more than three minutes near Buckfastleigh. Meanwhile, Vicky Jowett (Plymouth Corinthian CC) was fastest female in 1-00-44.

In Wiltshire, Rich Hunt and Heather Price dominated the Chippenham and District Wheelers 50 near Malmesbury on Sunday morning.

Hunt (Army Cycling Union) clocked a time of 1-53-11 to finish top of the podium, while Heather Price (Bristol RC) was the first woman to cross the line, finishing in a time of 2-23-26.

Chris Fennell powered to glory yet again as Elizabeth Ives took the women’s prize in the Kent Cycling Association hosted 25-mile time trial.

The Independent Pedaler’s time of exactly 50 minutes allowed 23-year-old Chris to take his 16th win of the season. And Ives clocked 1-24-38 to win the women’s category.

Aerocoach staged a 10-mile time trial on the K41/10 course near Wolvey in Warwickshire, where Leon Wright (Racehub) was fastest in 19-59, while Jessica Rhodes-Jones (Beacon RCC) was best of the women in 22-32.

Andrew Feather

In hill-climbing, Andrew Feather (BCR Racing) and Lauren Johnston (Avid Sports) were fastest male and female riders respectively as Dursley Road Club staged a hill-climb on Stouts Hill near Uley in Gloucestershire on Saturday.

Katie Lukas and Andy Cunningham started their hill climb season with victory in the Border City Wheelers hill-climb in Hartside on Sunday morning.

And former national champion Adam Kenway (Vitus Pro Cycling) was victorious in the North Tyneside Riders two-stage hill-climb on Winter’s Gibbet and Bilsmoor, while Hannah Farran (Boompods EDCO) was fastest female.

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