Howard Bayley stormed to a decisive victory as Karen McGrath found herself top of the pile in the women’s category in the Sussex Cycling Association’s 30-mile open time trial on Sunday morning.
Bayley (Blazing Saddles) broke a run of five events without victory as he claimed top spot in commanding fashion on the undulating G30/91 course in West Sussex.
The 44-year-old from Littlehampton had five previous podium finishes before Sunday’s event with one of them a victory in a 50-mile event promoted by Sussex CA themselves.
This time around, Bayley clocked a winning time of 1-04-34 to finish exactly two minutes better than second place.
Second place went to Steve Dennis (East Grinstead CC) who adds a third podium to his record so far this year, his last came in his most recent outing where he finished second again to Bayley.
Dennis finished in 1-06-34 this time, 19 seconds ahead of third placed man Nik Allen (Worthing Excelsior CC) in 1-06-53.
Fastest woman on the day was Karen McGrath (Worthing Excelsior CC) with a time of 1-21-11.
In other categories, Mark Jones and Tony Reeves (GS Stella) set a new tandem course record with 1-07-00. Jones was a prolific winner of local events back in the 1990s including a victory in the Perf’s Pedal Race, while Reeves was third in the 2014 24-hour Championship.
Worthing Excelsior CC claimed the team prize with a cumulative time of 3-33-15 thanks to rides from their trio of Nik Allen, John McGrath and Huw Williams. They beat Brighton Mitre CC by over 35 minutes.
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1. Howard Bayley (Blazing Saddles) 1:04.34
2. Steve Dennis (East Grinstead CC) 1:06.34
3. Nik Allen (Worthing Excelsior CC) 1:06.53
4. Kevin Plummer (South Downs Bikes) 1:08.18
5. Adrian Blacker (C + N Cycles RT) 1:08.32
6. Dave Pollard (In Gear) 1:09.50
7. James Stone (Brighton Excelsior CC) 1:10.59
8. John McGrath (Worthing Excelsior CC) 1:11.04
9. Antony Bee (Wigmore CC) 1:11.48
10. Tom Houghton (Brighton Excelsior CC) 1:12.50
Women: Karen McGrath (Worthing Excelsior CC) 1:21.11