Talented junior rider Thomas Prentice led GS Metro to a clean sweep of the podium at the North Tyneside Riders 27-mile time trial in Northumberland on Sunday.
The Alnwick 16-year-old clocked 1-08-30 for the M27 course which loops anticlockwise from Rothbury and takes in the climbs of Bilsmoor and The Gibbet.
That time gave him the win by 39 seconds from team-mate Zeb Kyffin from Newcastle, while another GS Metro rider Dan Meggison took third, another four minutes back.
Around half of the field chose to ride road bikes for the lumpy and challenging course, with Mark Robertson (Army CU) making it look effortless in winning the road bike category with a time of 1-14-41.
Fastest female was Gemma Frost (Team Swift) with a time of 1-21-02, giving her the win by more than five and a half minutes from Miriam Jessett (Tyneside Vagabonds CC).
Riders didn’t have to wait long for the challenging conditions to bite, with a strong headwind shortly after the start just to the west of Rothbury. And as expected, an hour into the event it started to rain and added to the fun.
Prentice placed 11th in the same event in 2017, but was more than seven minutes quicker this time on his way to victory. He has already tasted victory this season, having teamed up with Kyffin in the Blaydon CC two-up 18 two weeks ago.
But the hilly course was to his liking, and he displayed many of the skills that saw him take second spot in last season’s National Junior Hill-Climb Championship.
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Pos Name club gender category Time
1 Thomas Prentice GS Metro Male Junior 1:08:30
2 Zeb Kyffin GS Metro Male Espoir 1:09:09
3 Dan Meggison GS Metro Male Senior 1:13:06
4 Colin Atkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Veteran 1:14:21
5 Daniel Nieto Wigmore CC Male Espoir 1:14:28
6 Ian Norris Blumilk.com Male Veteran 1:14:29
7 Mark Robertson Army Cycling Union Male Senior 1:14:41
8 Ross Gray Allen Valley Velo Male Senior 1:15:18
9 Thomas Gilbert Team Newcastle Triathlon Male Senior 1:15:33
10 Jamie Johnson Barnesbury CC Male Senior 1:16:57
11 Julian MacBride Blaydon CC Male Senior 1:17:39
12 lee cuthbertson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 1:17:56
13 James Hadfield Blaydon CC Male Senior 1:18:50
14 Scott McCance Derwentside CC Male Senior 1:19:31
15 Shaun Brannan Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 1:20:04
16 Graeme Wardale South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Veteran 1:20:06
17 Dan Pons Blaydon CC Male Senior 1:20:21
18 Neil Wilkinson Cestria C.C. Male Veteran 1:20:28
19 Chris Wood TS Racing Team - OTR Male Veteran 1:20:34
20 Shaun Wilkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 1:20:34
21 Gemma Frost Team Swift Female Senior 1:21:02
22 Ben Summers North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 1:21:52
23 Mark Herbert Derwentside CC Male Veteran 1:23:40
24 Tim Nichol Blaydon CC Male Senior 1:23:52
25 David Sparrow Reifen Racing Male Veteran 1:24:04
26 Tom Guy Sunderland Clarion Male Veteran 1:24:18
27 Paul Wright Blaydon CC Male Senior 1:24:18
28 Paul Wass Muckle Cycle Club Male Veteran 1:24:30
29 Ian Simon Breeze Bikes RT Male Veteran 1:24:34
30 Phil Cook Cestria C.C. Male Veteran 1:24:47
31 ian gallon North Tyneside Riders CC Male Veteran 1:25:10
32 Miriam Jessett Tyneside Vagabonds CC Female Espoir 1:26:33
33 Sebastian Stockbridge Blaydon CC Male Senior 1:27:09
34 Mark Whaley Blaydon CC Male Veteran 1:27:38
35 Lee Statham Houghton CC Male Veteran 1:28:34
36 keith davison Hadrian R.T Male Veteran 1:28:40
37 Michael Brunskill Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 1:29:09
38 Clive Allan Allen Valley Velo Male Senior 1:31:15
39 Danny wilcox North Tyneside Riders CC Male Veteran 1:32:31
40 Joanne Rea Blaydon CC Female Senior 1:32:44
41 Keith Sibbald Cramlington CC Male Veteran 1:35:02
42 Christopher Thompson Wansbeck CC Male Veteran 1:37:02
43 Richard Sill Wansbeck CC Male Veteran 1:37:12
44 Helen Parkin Muckle Cycle Club Female Senior 1:41:46
45 phil dunn Wansbeck CC Male Veteran 1:45:56
46 Paul Mitchell Blaydon CC Male Veteran 1:46:30
Jay Pitt Derwentside CC Male Senior DNS
Kristian Forster Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior APOL
David Goodwin Newcastle Cheviot CC Male Veteran APOL
Lester Grant Auchencrow Thistle CC Male Senior DNS
Neil Baxter Blumilk.com Male Veteran APOL
Jock Bolam Breeze Bikes RT Male Veteran APOL
Phil Hall Breeze Bikes RT Male Veteran DNF
Gary Hall Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA Male Veteran APOL
Stephen Walton Muckle Cycle Club Male Veteran DNF