A bumper field of 177 riders will gather on Sunday for a traditional road bike only event around the Leicestershire countryside.
The Leicestershire Road Club 27.2 event sees a stellar field in the men’s, women’s, junior’s and veteran’s events.
The event last took place in 2010 over 29 miles and was won by James Perkins in 1-10-06.
UCI Continental Team Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling are holding a training camp in Leicestershire over the weekend, culminating in the Leicestershire RC time trial.
Their team riding the event consists of Dan Bigham, James Shaw, Zeb Kyffin, Simon Wilson, Matt Gibson, Jacob Tipper, Joe Wilson, Richard Jones, Jack Rees, Cameron Jeffers, Charles Page, Frederik Scheske, Gruffudd Lewis, William Brown and Tom Timothy.
Kyffin won on his first outing last weekend in the Kingston Wheelers 13.6 while veteran Wilson has been emphatic form winning both the Manchester Bicycle Club 10 and Stockton Wheelers sporting 23.
Meanwhile, Tipper was second in last week’s Merlin Classic Series road bike event and Scheske won the City Cycle Couriers RT 10.
Hill climb specialist Adam Kenway (Team Brother UK) is due to make an appearance while Team Bottrill send a strong team headed by Ashley Cox, fresh from winning the Finsbury Park 25 and Welwyn Wheelers CC hilly 31.1.
The sporting course starts and finishes near Twyford with riders completing a 27.2 mile loop on minor roads taking in the villages of Keyham, Tilton on the Hill, Knossington, Somerby, Pickwell, Little Dalby, Great Dalby before heading through Thorpe Satchville shortly before the finish.
The women’s field consists of 22 riders and will be headed by Joss Lowden (Drops - Le Col s/b Tempur) who will be joined by team-mate April Tacey.
Lowden won the opening round of the Merlin Cycles Classic Series while Tacey clinched the Coalville Wheelers 10 on her first outing.
Both will have to see off the challenge of last week’s Merlin Cycles Classic Series round two winner Frankie Hall (Loughborough Lightning / TRG) while Sian Botteley (Brother UK - Team OnForm) makes her first outing.
Matthew Bottrill will lead his Team Bottrill riders in the veterans’ event but they face a strong field.
Elsewhere, the weekend begins early on Saturday morning with the Sussex CA 10 on the out and back A283 course past Steyning.
A large field of 90 riders will see Josh Copley (TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling p/b trainSharp) looking to improve on his second place in the East Sussex CA 10 last weekend.
On that occasion the 21-year-old clocked 20-27 and was beaten by Tom Portsmouth (Charlotteville Cycling Club) who is absent.
Veteran Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers) finished third in that event just one second behind Copley and the pair are due to battle once again.
The women’s event sees veteran Sally Turner (trainSharp) looking to repeat her win in the East Sussex CA 10.
A huge field of 120 riders are set to take on the scenic Chippenham & District Wheelers 10 near the Cotswold Country Park.
Nick Livermore (Bristol South Cycling Club) won his club’s event over 10 miles in 20-25 earlier in April and starts last.
Under-23 rider Sam Beckett (Wales Racing Academy) finished second in that event and the Tetbury Velos 10 and will be looking for a first win of the season.
Further competition could come from B Xavier Disley (AeroCoach) and Max Stedman (HuntBikeWheels.com) amongst others.
In the women’s event Jo Buckland (Fulfil The Potential Racing) will be one of the riders bidding for glory.
The Chippenham event includes a tandem category and the National Youth Championship (West DC) in which Lawrence Martindale (Chippenham & District Wheelers) starts as last rider.
Carl Donaldson (GS Metro) will be one of many challengers in the 100-rider field taking on the GS Metro 26 near Morpeth.
Donaldson finished third in the North Tyneside Riders 10 and Barnesbury 21 and will be looking to go better over the undulating terrain in his club’s own event which takes in a loop of minor roads.
A competitive women’s field consisting of 14 riders will be headed by Joanne Rea (Blaydon CC) who has been on fine form already this season.
Looking for fast times over 30 miles a field of 124 riders are listed to ride the Leo 30 incorporating the East Anglian VTTA Championships on Saturday afternoon with riders completing three laps of an out and back loop of the A428 near Cambourne.
Matthew Smith (Drag2Zero) starts as last man on his opening ride of the 2021 campaign.
However, he will face stiff opposition in the form of minute man Alexander Royle (Manchester Bicycle Club) and Russell Hampton (Onimpex Bioracer RT) amongst others.
Super veteran Angela Carpenter (….a3crg) starts as last woman having already clocked a time of 55-47 in the Farnborough & Camberley 25 two weeks ago.
A good tandems field is led by the unassailable Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott (Newbury Velo).
World Tour rider Connor Swift (Team Arkea Samsic) returns after riding Amstel Gold, the Tour of Flanders and Paris Nice amongst others to ride the Rossington Wheelers 25.
Swift last road an open time trial last year winning the Tickhill Velo Club 10 in 19-09 and is looking to add to his collection.
Early starter and student George Peden (Team PB Performance) could lead the challenge after winning the Cambridge University 25 (BUCS Championships) and East Lancashire Road Club 10 in recent weeks.
Fiona Sharp (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) is amongst the women’s field who will also battle it out on the tough terrain.
Adam Duggleby and Steve Bate (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) will be in the tandem event in preparation for the Paralympics.
The London Phoenix 9.2 will see riders compete over a tough looped course on Saturday afternoon near Hertford.
Student Adam Robertson (University of Bath Cycling Club) could be one of the challengers in the strong 85-rider field after finishing fourth in the Finsbury Park CC 25 two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, in the women’s field Michele Padovan (Mark White Coaching RT) is the last rider away from the start.
Junior rider Joshua Giddings (Z Junior Race Team) starts as scratch man in the Coalville Wheelers 10 on Saturday afternoon.
The youngster clocked a time of 18-58 to take second in the VTTA Notts & E Mids 10 two weeks ago and will look to go one better on this occasion.
Leon Wright finished second in the opening round of the Merlin Classic Series and eighth in last week’s longer second round and may provide a tough challenge.
The women’s event has a stellar field preparing to battle it out on the looped course near Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
The Storey Racing team have a strong squad led by Sarah Storey while April Tacey (Drops - Le Col S/B Tempur) will provide tough competition.
The picturesque Velo Club Cumbria 10 also takes place on Saturday afternoon running alongside the Bassenthwaite Lake for the start and finish before heading out to Keswick.
Veteran Douglas Watson (GTR – Return to Life) starts as scratch man on his opening outing of the season.
Meanwhile, Abi Smith (Team Breeze) will be looking to continue her good start to the season in the women’s event.
After taking two second places so far this season Lloyd Chapman (Loose Cannon’s Coaching) will be looking to go one better when he starts as last man in Saturday’s Orwell Velo 20.
The course on the South East coast near Framlington will prove a tough battleground with Timothy Torrie (TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling P/b Trainsharp) looking for his second win of the campaign.
Veteran Verity Smith (Loose Cannon’s Conditioning) will be looking to use her experience in the women’s event.
The two-up event will see Joshua Aiken and Gary Freeman (Orwell Velo) start as last riders away.
Sunday’s events start with the New Forest CC 33 with a tough loop taking in the New Forest National Park with the start and finish on the coast in New Milton.
Oliver Hurdle (Southampton University Road Cycling Club) finished second in last weekend’s classic event Dorking CC (East Surrey Hardriders) 24.9 and will be looking to prove himself once again over the challenging terrain.
Teenager Caitlin Peters (Liv AWOL) took victory on her first outing of the season in the Oxonian 36 and will be looking to continue her winning record in the women’s event.
Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers) has the chance to make it a weekend double on Sunday when he starts as last rider in the Sussex CA 25 on the loop which descends down to Shoreham-by-Sea.
Once again he will face some tough competition with Josh Copley (TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling P/b Trainsharp) starting early in the field while Andrew Meilak (VeloRefined Rule 5) could also challenge.
Meanwhile, Sally Turner (TrainSharp) could also make it a weekend double in the women’s race.
After finishing third on his opening outing of the season in last weekend’s Mersey Tri 10, Dan Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK) will be hoping to take top spot in the Matlock CC 10 which travels between Darley Hillside and Bakewell on the A6.
Team Breeze riders Sophie Lewis, Eluned King and Megan Barker will be targeting victory in the women’s event but will have to see off competition from Madeline Gammons (Jadan CycleSpace- Vive Le Velo) and Jessica Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK) in what could be an intriguing battle.
The ECCA 25 will see riders travel out and back along the B1383 near Bishops Stortford on Sunday morning.
Paul Hart (Hart Performance Coaching) starts as last man in the event which is only open to ECCA affiliated clubs.
Louise Robinson (Essex Roads CC) and junior Zoe Warner (Lee Valley Youth) go in the women’s event.
The two-up time trial event will see Terry Garlinge and Julia Freeman (Easterley Road Club) start last.
A full field of 120 men and 35 women will battle it out along the out and back A45 course between Derby and Ryton-on-Dunsmore in the Coventry 10.
Scratch man is Nicholas Trbovic (Cheshire Maverick Cycle Club) who finished fifth in the VTTA Notts & E Mids 10 two weeks earlier clocking 19-38.
Junior Joshua Giddings (Z Junior Race Team) has the chance of the weekend double and could challenge along with Richard Oakes (Team Ohten Aveas) who has been consistently placed in the leading positions so far this season.
Veteran Janet Birkmyre (TORQ Performance) will be the last woman away on her first outing of the season.
Sunday also sees the Cycle Sport South Hams 10 event taking place on a looped course near Totnes in Devon.
Junior Morgan Gibson (Mid Devon CC) makes his first outing of the season while his veteran team-mate Kevin Weymouth starts as last rider away.
The women’s event sees Kari Ellertsen (Alltrax) and Catherine Hilton (Sid Valley CC) preparing to battle with Martina Geraghty (Penzance Wheelers CC) and others for victory.
A field of 100 riders are preparing to battle on the roads of Shropshire in Sunday’s Nova Raiders 25.
The out and back course will see riders battle it out on the A49 between Whitchurch and Shrewsbury.
George Evans (Team Bottrill) is looking for his first win after finishing second in the Beacon Wheelers 14.9 and starts as scratch man on the flatter terrain.
George Mills-Keeling (Bridgnorth Cycling Club) won three evens last season and could challenge on his first time trial outing of the season.
Frances Owen (Fibrax Wrexham BC) won the B.D.C.A 25 earlier in April and is amongst the challengers in the women’s event.
Another tough event to test riders is Sunday’s Barrow Central Wheelers 21 which hugs the North West coastline.
The event sees riders travel on an out and back course between Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness including two tough ascents through Baycliff.
Veteran Ben Harrison (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) finished fifth in the Beacon Wheelers 10 and could challenge again over the tough terrain.
Meanwhile, in the women’s race Christina Wiejak (Saint Piran) will start last.
A showdown in the North East could see huge battle for victory in the Darlington 25 over two laps of on an out and back course starting at Leeming Bar.
Adam Duggleby (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) has won three solo events on the bounce including clocking a 49-40 in the Vive Le Velo 25 last weekend and starts as last man.
However, Michael Gill (AeroLab Ward Wheelz) could provide tough opposition having won the Barnesbury 21 on his last outing.
In the women’s race youngsters Emma Jeffers (JRC Shutt Ridley RT) and Lottie Gill (Durham University Cycling Club) are amongst the challengers.
An early start on Bank Holiday Monday will see riders competing in the Dulwich Paragon 18.7 on a looped course near Dorking.
Pat Wright (Paceline RT) starts last but will face challenges from a host of home club riders along with Rupert Graham (Spirit Tifosi RT).
Veterans Charlotte Roberge and Sonia Chane-Sam are the last two women away in their category.
After winning on his last two outings Zachary Herrod (AeroLab Ward Wheelz) will be one to watch in the Velo Club Baracchi 10.
Herrod won the Kings Lynn 10 (20-00) and C.C Breckland 10 (20-27) and will be looking to make it three wins in a row.
Kerry Tate (Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club) is one of the late starters in a competitive women’s field while there is also a tandem competition.
The Newbury Velo 10 also takes place on Bank Holiday Monday with riders battling it out along the A4 between Hungerford and Newbury.
Alan Murchinson (Drag2Zero) starts as last man on his first outing of the season while his minute man Joel Stewart (Team Ohten Aveas) will look to go one better than his second in the Icknield RC 18.6.
Meanwhile in the women’s race Danielle Shrosbree (Team LDN) will start as last rider.
The Kent Valley CC Shap Summit Hill Climb event gives riders a very early chance to test their hill climbing form.
The nine-mile event sees riders climb away from Kendall on the A6 and will be a tough Bank Holiday test for riders.
Jude Taylor (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) finished seventh in the National Hill Climb Championships last season and will be getting his season under way.
Meanwhile Team Breeze will provide tough competition in the women’s event with Megan Barker, Abi Smith and Eluned King due to battle it out.
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