Weekend Preview, Apr 6-7

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Worcestershire hosts the second round of the Sigma Sports Classic Time trial Series on Sunday, with riders from across the country heading to Shelsley Walsh to take on a challenging 37-mile course.

Promoted by the Beacon RCC, the event is known as the Jack Clements Memorial Little Mountain Time Trial and has attracted most of the top contenders for the series so far and many of those who took part in round one a fortnight ago in Dorset.

Men’s winner Adam Wild (GS Metro) is down to ride, as is fastest female in the opening event Kelly Murphy (Storey Racing).

But they will both have several rivals for the win in Worcestershire.

AeroCoach riders Jessica Rhodes-Jones and Victoria Smith are both down to ride, while other women to watch include Joscelin Lowden (The Independent Pedaler) as well as reigning national hill-climb champion Fiona Burnie.

Anna Turvey

In the men’s event, Rob Walker (Cambridge University CC) is last rider off, while Richard Bussell (AeroCoach), Phil Williams (Liverpool Phoenix CC), Pat Wright (Paceline RT) and Paul Hart (Southend Wheelers) are all expected to challenge for a podium place.

The event uses the K22/37 course which takes riders on an anti-clockwise  loop through Upper Sapey, Tedstone Wafre, down to the outskirts of Bromyard and across to Knightwick, Martley, Lower Broadheath and back up through Holt Heath and Great Witley.

Elsewhere, Stockton Wheelers CC are holding a sporting 23-mile time trial on the T235 at Bishopton in County Durham.

Among the entries are former national 10-mile competition record holder Anna Turvey (Drag2zero) while her colleague at Drag2zero Keith Murray is the last rider off.

The previous day, Murray is teaming up with his 16-year-old son Sam Murray to ride the Darlington CC sporting 10-mile time trial at East Cowton in North Yorkshire.

Last team off is Jason Bateman (Team Swift) and Michael Ellerton (SheHair Racing Team).

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers are holding a 42-kilometre event on Sunday near Wool in Dorset. The entries include Dean Robson (Northover VT) as well as Nick Tarmey (VC Venta), while Kirsty Mcseveney (a3crg) looks to be the fastest female on paper.

Richard Gildea

Oxonian CC are holding a36-mile event near Charlbury on Sunday, which covers two laps of a challenging triangular course.

Richard Gildea (Didcot Phoenix CC) is the last rider to start, while his team-mate Henry Latimer could push him all the way for the win.

On Saturday, Fincham in Norfolk is the venue for the King’s Lynn CC25, where Daniel Bloy (Team Velovelocity) should compete with team-mate Stuart Fairweather for the win.

Lloyd Chapman (Plomesgate CC) will also be going for victory, while in the women’s category Storey Racing’s Chanel Mason is down to ride.

Alice Lethbridge

And in Surrey there is a massive entry of 150 riders for the Kingston Phoenix RC 10-mile event near North Holmwood.

Similarly, the Lea Valley CC 25 on Saturday has also attracted a large number of riders to tackle the E2/25 course near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire.

Along the 150 riders plus reserves are multiple national champion Alice Lethbridge (Drag2zero), Stuart Travis and Brett Harwood (Team Bottrill), Ken Buckley (Nuun-Sigma Sport), and Jackie Field (CC Ashwell).

Full startsheets from these and other events are available on the CTT website. Remember to keep checking back to the CTT website over the weekend for reports and results.

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