Ross Fawcett (Orwell Velo) returned to time trialling with a bang to take victory by 21 seconds in the Kings Lynn CC 25, while Anna Harrison (Cambridge University CC) won the women’s event.
Fawcett, aged 28 and from Woodbridge in Suffolk, missed time trials last season as he took time out of the sport.
However, he returned in fine style clocking an average speed of 28.3 miles per hour on his way to clocking a winning time of 52 minutes and 55 seconds.
“I wasn’t sure how I would go as I have done a lot of training on Zwift and wasn’t sure how the power would transfer onto the road,” said Fawcett.
“I was a bit down on my power numbers but it was quite windy. From previous race reports it seems that is what the course is like most of the time.
“So I went out conservatively. It was lucky that I did as the climb at the end seemed to go on forever into a cross headwind, I knew it would be quite hard coming back.
“The marshals at the event were fantastic and some of the best marshals I have come across at pointing out the hazards.
“I’m normally a road racer but that looks like it’s not going to happen for a while so I thought I would focus on some time trials.
“I wanted to take a break from road racing before Covid so the time off has allowed me to enjoy riding my bike again and find my mojo.”
The course saw riders start in Fincham before traveling out and back on the A134 to the turn at Mundford and then making the return leg including a steady climb up to the finish.
A narrow fight for second saw Steven Parsonage (Richardsons-Trek RT) finish in 53-16 just a single second faster than Joshua Wallis (Spalding CC).
Host club rider Jamie Sparrow (Kings Lynn CC) was fastest veteran in 56-33 ahead of Daniel Bloy (Team Velovelocity) in 57-04, while a fight for the final podium position saw three riders separated by five seconds with Bryan Long (VTTA East Anglian Group) taking third in 58-00.
Meanwhile, Harry Garfield (Peterborough CC) was quickest junior in 1-03-22.
In her first open outing Harrison took the women’s victory recording an average speed of 23.6 miles per hour on her way to setting a winning time of 1-03-22.
Harrison will look to continue her season at Diss & District CC 25 next weekend and then the BUCS Championships 25 hosted by Cambridge University later this month.
Taking second on this occasion was Davina Greenwell (Plomesgate CC) in 1-05-04 while leading veteran Verity Smith (Loose Cannon’s Conditioning) completed the podium positions in 1-06-02.
The veteran duo of Matthew Garfield and Malcolm Smith (Peterborough CC) won the 2-up time trial event.
The tandem event saw the VC Baracchi duo of John Swanbury and Allistair Banks clock a time of 1-05-42.
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