Jack Rebours and Katie Archibald were victorious in the senior men’s and women’s races as round five of the Knight Composites Classic Time Trial Series hit Cumbria on Sunday.
Espoir Rebours (Caesarean CC) from Jersey secured his second win in the series in the Circuit of Greystoke Forest. Combined with two second place finishes he secures the overall title taking his tally to an unassailable 238 points.
Meanwhile, as Archibald (Team WNT Pro) claimed victory in her first ride of the series this season, second place went to her team-mate Hayley Simmonds, thus securing the women’s title with 239 points from four rides.
In the senior men’s race, the field took on two laps of the 14-mile course, with Rebours coming out on top. His time of 1:05.58 was good enough to beat Team Bottrill/HSS Hire team-mates George Evans and Daniel Halksworth, into second and third place respectively.
“It was not one of my strongest rides this series,” Rebours said after his victory. “I was looking for top fives this season so my form initially was a little bit of a surprise, but it was the round in Worcester where I realised I was really in form.
“On the hole, my rides have been quite consistent this year and I am delighted to win, it is a big improvement from last season and I am looking forward to cracking on with the rest of the season.”
Rebours will not be competing at round six next month, but has a number of other targets on the horizon.
“I am at the British Cycling Under 23 time trial on the Isle of Man, then I am competing for Jersey at the Natwest Island Games at the end of the month and I am going there with every intention of winning,” he added.
In the one-lap women’s race it was 23-year-old Archibald that claimed victory in a time of 34.12. The time was two seconds quicker than that of the series winner Simmonds with EJ Harris (Storey Racing) finishing as third fastest woman.
Peter Nicholls wrapped up the veteran’s series after his third win in the competition this year.
Nicholls (Race Hub) stopped the clock in a time of 32.57 just over a minute ahead of Niall Paterson (Velo Club Cumbria) with Shaun Tyson finishing third for Adept Precision RT.
Despite Danny Axford being able to match Nicholls’ three wins with a victory in round six next month, the Race Hub rider already has two second place finished to back up his victories, meaning his current points tally of 239 cannot be surpassed.
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