David Janes (Swift Performance Coaching) and Megan Dickerson (Skoda DSI Cycling Academy) got their respective seasons under way with wins at the FTP Racing 10.
Janes, aged 39 and from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, was the only rider to sneak under the 20-minute mark on the U7B course to win in a time of 19 minutes and 49 seconds.
The Gloucestershire course saw riders travel out into a slight headwind and back on the wide A38 heading north from Woodford before turning for home at the roundabout with the A4135.
Janes’ last win was in the same event back in August, clocking 19-19 on that occasion before going on to finish tenth in the National Closed Circuit Championships.
Under-23 rider Jake Sargent, of host club Fulfil The Potential Racing (FTP), led a close battle for second which saw four riders separated by 11 seconds.
Sargent finished in 20-32 to take second ahead of Nick Livermore (Bristol South CC) four seconds back (20-36) in third while Max Stedman (HuntBikeWheels.com) was a further three seconds off the pace (20-39).
Tom Scorer (Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA) was quickest veteran in 20-58 ahead of Robin Short (Cotswold Veldrijden) 22 seconds back in second and Tony Chapman (Frome and District Wheelers) in third (22-05).
Fastest junior was Syd Brown (FTP Racing) in 21-49 while Harvey Thomas (Bristol Road Club) was quickest juvenile in 24-32.
Dickerson got her season off to the perfect start in the women’s event taking victory in 22-13 – over a minute clear of her nearest rival.
The 24-year-old from Bristol had also won on the course before in the University of Bristol CC 10 last season and was again in fine form with a winning time of 22-13.
“It was a bit of a tough one for the first race of the season,” said Dickerson. “It wasn’t a strong wind so didn’t feel too tough on the out. It was a bit cold but nice and sunny as in the afternoon there was a bit of rain.
“The rest of the season will depend on what happens with different races being cancelled. After last season I want to race as much as I can.”
Charlotte Emily Daisy (Tetbury Velos) led the remaining women home with her time of 23-26 enough for second ahead of Charlotte Davies (FTP Racing) in 24-43.
Jo Buckland (FTP Racing) was fastest woman veteran in 25-16.
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