Weekend round up 24-25 September

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With defending champion Kieran Davies pulling out due to illness, Conrad Moss (Mid-Devon CC) was crowned the Welsh CA 50-Mile Champion after the title race near Abergavenny on Sunday.


But Crystal Spearman (No Pinz) successfully defended the women’s title with a strong performance on the R50/1b course, which saw torrential overnight rain and plenty of non-starters.


Moss clocked 1:44.29 and was just 32 seconds shy of a personal best performance, while Spearman’s time of 2:01.43 gave her a comfortable win.


Despite the conditions, several riders improved their 50-mile times and boosted their British Best All Rounder speeds as a result.


In hill-climbing, there was a great field for the Minehead CC climb of Porlock Toll Road.


Victory went to professional road rider Ed Laverack (JLT Condor) who covered the course in 15.01.7 to take the win by ten seconds from former national champion Dan Evans (Team Elite).


Junior Charlie Meredith (Giant CC-Halo Films) took third, while defending national champion Richard Bussell (AeroCoach) had to settle for fourth after suffering a puncture.


Reigning women’s national champion Maryka Sennema (Paceline RT) was fastest woman with 17.43.9, giving her the win by two minutes in that category.


Manchester BC were celebrating victory in the Glossop Kinder Velo climb on the Snake Pass, with Chris Dyke winning by three seconds.


His time of 12.38.5 left Adam Kenway (Metaltek-Kuota) in second, with Lee Baldwin (Champion System) third. Fastest female was Helen Aldred (Liverpool Phoenix).


In South Yorkshire, both the men’s and women’s course records were broken in the Stocksbridge CC on the 860-yard Pea Royd Lane climb, which was used for the second of two stages of their event.


Joseph Clark (Envelopemaster) won both stages and the overall, while Lou Bates (Veloschils) was similarly victorious in both stage one at Ewden and stage two.


In Berkshire, Isaac Mundy (Oxford University CC) took victory by just two seconds in the Newbury RC climb of Walbury Hill.


His time of 4.03 gave him the win ahead of Mitchell Webber (Farnham RC) and former national champion Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy CT) who was another two seconds back, while Emma Grant (University of Bath) was fastest female with 4.51.


Rowan Brackston set a new course record at the Kingston Wheelers hill climb at Leith Hill, Forest Green on Saturday, powering up the 1,570-yard incline in 3.27.50.


The Imperial College CC rider was in imperious form, beating second-placed rider William Bourne of Dulwich Paragon by 15 seconds.


Women’s winner was Alice Lethbridge (Starley Racing) with 4.36.88, while fastest junior was Lewis Winfield (VC Londres) with 3.57.53.


Professional roadman Richard Handley (One Pro Cycling) won the Leigh Premier RC hill climb in Rivington near Bolton on Saturday, taking victory by around a minute.


The Wigan-based rider completed at a blistering pace and completed in 6.53.7, while fastest woman was Charlotte Gorman (Bury Clarion CC).

Joseph Clark
Lou Bates