Near freezing temperatures and cold winds did little to put off hardy time triallists, with many braving the conditions to compete in events across the country last weekend.
Perhaps the most brutal of these was the Bishop Auckland CC 40.5-mile mountain time trial, where Adam Wild, the GS Metro rider who is joint leader of the Sigma Sports Classic Time Trial Series, continued his good form with victory over the challenging circuit near Barnard Castle in County Durham.
Although his time of 1-47-20 was a couple of minutes away from the course record, it was good enough for victory by more than ten minutes.
Meanwhile Natalie Batey (Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service CC) was fastest of the women with 2-27-09.
Elsewhere, Keri Parton and Andy Jackson were fastest female and male riders respectively at the Burton and District CA 25-mile time trial in Derbyshire on Saturday
Parton (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) clocked a time of 58-18 to set the fastest time by a female, while Jackson clocked 48-48 on a course which will be used for the National Championships later this year.
In Wales, Philip Tucker and Laura Clements were the fastest male and female at the Bynea CC 30-mile time trial in Pembrokeshire on Sunday morning.
39-year-old Tucker (Cycle Specific) clocked 1-06-51, while Clements (Cardiff Triathlete) finished her run with a time of 1-20-24 to be crowned the fastest female.
Prolific time trial winners Gary Chambers and Pip Jenkins added to their growing lists of victories with wins in the Farnborough and Camberley CC 25-mile time trial near Bentley in Hampshire on Saturday.
Chambers, the 33-year-old NOPINZ rider from Fareham, clocked 49-49 to take a narrow win by just four seconds from Twickenham CC rival Liam Maybank.
Jenkins (Southborough and District Wheelers) covered the course in 58-06, while fastest tandem was Newbury RC’s Rachael Elliott and Ian Greenstreet (AeroCoach) with an impressive time of 51-59.
Josh Coyne and Nikki Toomer were fastest at the Exeter Wheelers CC sporting 17-mile time trial in Devon on Sunday.
Coyne clocked 37-46 to win by almost a minute, while Toomer’s time of 46-32 gave her the women’s prize.
In Scotland, Douglas Watson (GTR-Return to Life) made it win number three for the season so far, while Lynsey Curran (Dooley’s RT) was fastest female at the Royal Albert CC 10-mile time trial near Irvine on Sunday.
45-year-old Watson clocked 19-48 to take the win by 39 seconds from team-mate Chris Smart, while 34-year-old Curran covered the course in 23-09.
And in Essex Tim Chilvers and Louise Robinson were the fastest male and female respectively at the Easterley RC 25 near Ugley on Sunday.
Chilvers (Maldon and District CC) stopped the stopwatches at 57-16, while Robinson’s time was 1-10-21.
At the other end of the country, Hawick Cycling Club’s Liam Beaty and Carrie Brookes (Blaydon CC) were fastest at the North Tyneside Riders 10 near Cramlington in Northumberland on Saturday.
Beaty’s time of 20-31 gave him the win by just eight seconds from Lewis Timmins (Team Swift), while Brookes (Blaydon CC) clocked 24-54.
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