Weekend Preview, May 11-12

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With the series at the halfway point, many of the frontrunners in the Sigma Sports Classic Time Trial Series head to Scotland on Sunday in search of glory.

Round four takes place on a 26.3-mile course near Castle Douglas and is promoted by Dumfries CC, with riders heading up to New Galloway along the banks of Loch Ken and back down.

In the men’s event series leader and espoir Adam Wild (GS Metro) is down to ride, and could secure his crucial fourth counting event to go towards his overall total.

With a win and two second place finishes to his name already, Wild could strengthen his bid for the overall series win with a good performance. But Chris Smart (GTR-Return to Life) will be out to take a home win and deny Wild his second win in the series.

In the women’s event World and Olympic champion Katie Archibald MBE is the last rider off, with other names to watch including Lynsey Curran (Dooley’s RT) and reigning national hill-climb champion Fiona Burnie.

Just down the coast, Border City Wheelers promote a hilly 29-mile time trial starting from Dalston in Cumbria

Matt Moorhouse

and heading out through Welton, Rosley, Westward, Caldbeck and back to Dalton.

In-form Richard Bideau (Pendle Forest CC) is the last man off with five wins to his credit already this season, while others who could challenge include Matt Moorhouse (Preston CC) who won last weekend’s Derwentside CC hilly 40-mile event over near the Northumberland/Cumbria border.

Of the women, Anna Turvey (Drag2zero) will start as favourite, while others to watch include Charlotte Boothman (ABC Centreville).

In South Wales, more than 100 riders are heading to Rhigos to tackle the Sportzmad CC 25-mile event on Sunday. With a 46-minute personal best Chris Boddy (AeroCoach) is the last man off, while others in the mix could include Paul Jones (Primera Team Jobs) and Felix Wilkinson (Velo Club Montpellier).

And in a competitive women’s event Katie Greves (Cowley Road Condors) is last off, while Angela Carpenter (a3crg), Liz Powell (Drag2zero) and Victoria Smith (AeroCoach) will also be targeting a podium finish.

Katie Greves

Second on the same course last month, Philip Graves (NOPINZ) will be aiming to go one better on the V714 in East Yorkshire as he rides the City RC Hull 10 on Saturday. But with six podium finishes and two wins to his name already in 2019, Joseph Dobson (Manchester BC) could provide a challenge.

Dukinfield Road Club are staging a 50-mile event on Saturday near Cranage in Cheshire, while on Sunday it’s the turn of Mid-Shropshire Wheelers to hold a 50-mile event, this time near Prees in Shropshire.

Both events are counting events for the British Best All-Rounder competition, while elsewhere Eastern Counties CA also hold a 50.

In West Sussex, Worthing Excelsior CC are holding a 25-mile time trial near Steyning which has attracted a quality field.

Ben Stancombe

Team Bottrill’s James Rix is last man off, while others to watch include Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers) who won both the Sussex CA 10 and 25 last weekend, the 25 being on the same course as the Worthing event.

And in Norfolk VC Norwich are holding a 25-mile event on Saturday which has also attracted some fast riders, including Ben Stancombe (Team Velovelocity) and George Fox (Team Bottrill).

Full startsheets from these and other events are available on the CTT website. Remember to keep checking back to the CTT website over the weekend for reports and results.

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