Megan Dickerson and Tom Ward maintained their impressive early season form with victories in the Sportzmad 10-mile open in South Wales on Saturday.
24-year-old Ward (Aerolab Ward Wheelz) kicked off his year with success, winning the Welsh 25-mile Championship with Saturday’s win being his third consecutive.
Ward was last rider out and unbeknown to him would have a target of 19-17 to beat, set by Chris Gibbard (Bynea CC) – a target which was subsequently beaten by Ward, having to set a personal best time in open events of 18-49 to do so.
Gibbard pushed the limits, setting his own PB in open events but had to settle for a fourth second place this season, a season that has featured three wins so far.
Matt Slater (Revo Racing) recorded only his second result of the year so far with his other being a two-up victory in April. But Slater posted a time of 19-35 in his first solo event on Saturday, finishing third overall and fastest veteran.
Megan Dickerson (Bristol South CC) returned to winning ways after three weeks out of open event action, and like many time trials she has featured in this year it ended with her standing atop the podium.
Like Ward and Gibbard in the men’s category, Dickerson lowered her own personal best in open time trials to 21-05 on her way to her ninth victory of the year – a promising sign as she looks to take that form into next weekend’s National Circuit Championship.
Michelle Fishbourne (CES Sport) finished 2-27 adrift of the winner in second place posting a time of 23-32 while Amanda Lane (Bynea CC) was third in 24-05.
Fishbourne was fastest women’s veteran with Simon Garrett (Team Echelon) scooping the male equivalent in 20-03.
Fastest junior was Iago Williams (Towy Riders CC) in 22-22 while Ian Greenstreet (AeroCoach) and Rachel Elliott (Newbury RC) were victorious on the tandem bike.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission. This report by Jack Cudworth.