Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling veteran Simon Wilson took his first time trial victory of the season on Easter Monday, powering home in 19-39 at the Manchester Bicycle Club 10-mile time trial near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.
Meanwhile, talented 19-year-old rider Abi Smith (Team Breeze) was the fastest of the females, coming home in 23-10.
Wilson, the 40-year-old from Padiham in Lancashire, made up for the disappointment of failing to finish in the North Lancashire Road Club 10 on Easter Saturday by taking victory in the Manchester event by 18 seconds from Sean Mullen (Port Sunlight Wheelers), while third spot went to espoir William Tidball (Team Inspired) who covered the J10/1 course in 20-14.
York-based 19-year-old Abi Smith’s time was 21 seconds better than second-placed female 17-year-old Maddie Leech (PH-MAS Cycling) who had won the women’s category at the North Lancashire Road Club event 48 hours earlier. Third fastest female at the Manchester event was Anna Weaver (East Lancashire RC) with 23-42.
Elsewhere in the result, Team Inspired duo Sam Watson and Rhys Britton had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively with 20-36 and 20-47, while top under-18 rider was juvenile Patrick Casey (Team Lifting Gear Products) with an impressive 22-12, faster than junior rider Harry Jordan (Team Backstedt Bike Performance) in 22-55.The popular J10/1 course uses the A6 dual carriageway, starting near Whitehough Head and heading between the north of Chapel-en-le-Frith and back up towards Whaley Bridge.
Wilson is next due to be in time trial action on April 17 at the East Lancashire Road Club 10 on another fast and popular course near Levens, Cumbria.
And Abi Smith is also looking ahead to more time trial wins. She is due to ride the Vive le Velo 10 next Sunday as well as the VTTA North Lancs and Lakes 25 the following Wednesday. Then the weekend after she is hoping to also ride the East Lancashire RC 10 as well as VTTA Yorkshire 25.
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