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Alex Russell and Sandra Burrows were fastest male and female riders respectively at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 25-mile time trial in North Yorkshire on Sunday.
Using the V232 from Dishforth to Knayton and back, the event marked the final promotion by organiser George Barker, the Pennine CC member who is hanging up his clipboard at the grand age of 90 after well over 50 years organising events across the region.
Russell (City Road Club Hull) clocked 52-40 to take the win with some ease, with 3-33 separating him from runner-up Neil Cleminshaw (Chapeau! Vive le Velo), while another 23 seconds back was Harrogate Nova CC’s Roger Bromiley in third.
The one and only woman to take part was Sandra Burrows, the 55-year-old from Howden in East Yorkshire who covered the distance in 1-08-04.
Top team honours went to Yorkshire VTTA trio of David Leckenby, Stuart Henderson and Richard Durham, their combined time of 3-02-37 being almost seven minutes better than second-placed Vive le Velo.
This was Russell’s fifth appearance in an open time trial this season, and his first podium finish. It comes after he placed fourth at the Bramley Wheelers 25 last weekend in a time of 52-01, while he was 13th in the National 12-Hour Championship.
This was Burrows first victory of the season so far in open events, after having ridden dozens of events over 2021. Until now her best result has been third, coming earlier in the season in the Drighlington BC 25, Kent Valley RC 25, City Road Club 25 and Vive le Velo 10 in June, as well as the City Road Club 25 in May.
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