Stephen Vanes and Gemma Johnson powered to time-trial victories in the Birmingham Midland 10-mile event on Saturday morning. Vanes (Successcycling.co.uk) beat Tim Ashton by 22 seconds.
Vanes was the 70th rider out of the blocks from a field of 91 and went on to post a time of 20-02 which stood the test of time as the remaining 21 riders failed to eclipse it.
Second-placed man Tim Ashton (Royal Sutton CC) equalled his best finish of the season with a time of 20-24. Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero) completed the podium in 20-43.
Gemma Johnson (Beacon Road CC) spearheaded the women’s category as she beat Lucy Davies’ (Arctic Tacx RT) earlier pacesetting time of 23-26.
Johnson went 13 seconds quicker than Davies in 23-13, leading the 35-year-old from Birmingham to her first win of the season. Jenny Simmonds (Look Mum No Hands!) came third in 23-50.
In other categories, Baden Green (Stratford CC) was the quickest juvenile with the 15-year-old crossing the line with a time of 24-29.
Quickest veteran was Jon Simpkins who placed third overall.
Steve and Rosie Croggon (Beacon Roads CC) were quickest tandem pairing on show as they powered to victory in 22-39.
Proceeds from the event went to Cancer Relief and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission. This report by Jack Cudworth.
1. Stephen Vanes (Successcycling.com) 20.02
2. Tim Ashton (Royal Sutton CC) 20.24
3. Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero) 20.43
4. Jon Howard (Team Echelon) 20.52
5. William Barr (University of Bristol CC) 20.59
6. David Dickerson (Team Echelon) 21.16
7. Alastair Semple (Stafford RC) 21.38
8. Michael Stallard (Stratford CC) 21.56
9. Martin Osman (CC Giro) 22.16
10. Steve Bidulph (Born To Vike – Bridgtown Cycles) 22.17
1. Gemma Johnson (Beacon Roads CC) 23.13
2. Lucy Davies (Arctic Tacx RT) 23.26
3. Jenny Simmonds (Look Mum No Hands!) 23.50
Veteran: Jon Simpkins
Juvenile: Baden Green (Stratford CC) 24.49
Tandem: Steve Croggon & Rosie Croggon (Beacon Road CC) 22.39