The first major events of the new season take place on Sunday, and feature large fields and quality riders eager to get their legs spinning and the first results of 2019 under their belts.
With the exception of the hardy souls who braved events on New Year’s Day, the Kingston Wheelers sporting 10-mile time trial is the first of the new season and has attracted a full field of 120 riders which includes 28 women.
The event is a 13.6-mile sporting event, using two laps of a circuit and branded as the Gil Jessop Memorial event.
Gil was an original member of the club who was instrumental in reforming it after World War Two in 1953. He later became club President, a post he held until his death in the early 1990s.
Headquarters is Ripley Scout Group Hall on Rose Lane in the Surrey village, while the course uses two laps of the S292a from Hungry Hill to East Clandon, through West Horsley and back along Ripley Lane.
Women’s course record holder Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) returns for another crack at beating her 2018 winning time of 34.18, while among the other female entrants is Sarah Matthews (a3crg), Angela Radden-Rutt (JAM CRT) – and Rosamund Bradbury, the Sigma Sport rider who is the sister of last year’s winner and course record holder Ed Bradbury.
Last rider off is Liam Maybank (Twickenham CC), while others who will be challenging for a spot on the podium include Paceline RT colleagues Pat Wright and Keith Lea.
Also on Sunday is the Ely and District CC hardriders 25-mile event in Cambridgeshire, using the BS19 course from Little Downham on an anti-clockwise loop through Coveney, Witchford, Littleport and Pymore.
It has attracted a 75-strong field of riders, which includes 2018 winner John Mulvey (ActiveEdge Race Team) as well as his team mate and 2017 event winner Felix Barker.
Third in 2018, Seb Dickson (Cambridge University CC) is down to ride again, while there are seven women down to ride including Rebecca Johnson (Brother UK Fusion RT) and Cindy Berry (Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich).
Full startsheets from both the above events are available on the CTT website, and remember to keep checking back to the CTT website over the weekend for reports and results.
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