Clocking exactly 23 minutes, Rob Walker (AeroLab Ward Wheelz) was victorious at the Plymouth Corinthian CC 10-mile time trial in Devon on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, vet Martina Geraghty took home the women’s prize.
Walker, the 23-year-old from High Wycombe, was 25 seconds faster than his nearest rival in Tom Nancarrow (Nopinz Motip Race Team), while Robert Shaw (Plymouth Corinthian CC) was third, another ten seconds off the pace.
Geraghty covered the course in 29-46 to show good form coming into the season. The 51-year-old’s time was 48 seconds faster than her nearest rival in junior Hannah Rainger (Plymouth Corinthian CC), while another home club rider Lisa Crawford was ten seconds back in third.
Behind the main placings, top veteran was Andrew Perkins (Mid-Devon CC) whose time of 24-52 gave him eighth overall. That was exactly one minute better than the second best veteran, Peter Norris (Cycle Sport South Hams), with the promoting club’s own Ben Causon 14 seconds further back as third veteran.
Plymouth Corinthian CC youngster Sam Beaton was quickest junior rider, clocking 27-59 to win by just eight seconds from Mid-Devon CC rival Henry Howells, while Hannah Rainger was third junior overall.
Walker’s 2021 season continues in two weeks when he is due to ride the Farnborough & Camberley CC 25, while he has also entered the second round of the Merlin Cycles Classic Series on April 25 near Worcester.
The course takes riders from the start near South Brent eastwards to Marley Head and over the Devon Expressway, heading out almost as far as Blakemore before turning back west through Higher Wonton, through Avonwick, and back over the A38 towards South Brent.
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