PREVIEWS: May 22-23

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Another classic in the North East is set to provide another showdown as the Tyneside Vagabonds CC mountain time trial takes place on a 47-mile loop in the Northumberland National Park.

Adam Wild (GS Metro) won the Derwentside CC 40 at the start of the month but was beaten into second last weekend in the Bishop Auckland CC mountain time trial and starts as last man.

Steven Parsonage (Richardson-Trek RT) was the man who beat Wild by over three minutes last weekend, but the tables were turned in the Derwentside CC 40 and battle is due to resume on Sunday.

Jen McMahon (Sub Rosa) will start as last woman but will face competition from a quartet of early starters.

The weekend begins early on Saturday morning with the Victoria CC 10 taking competitors out and back on B1283 between Wendens Ambo and the other side of Great Chesterford.

A big field of 98 riders will be headed by veteran Rob Young (Team Vision Racing – Silverhook) who will be looking to improve on his seventh in the ECCA 25 last weekend.

Veteran Joanna Butcher (Braintree Velo CRC) will start last in the women’s event in which Emily Knight (Bishop's Stortford CC) will be looking to challenge.

The event will begin with a 2-up competition with the Cambridge University CC pairing of Tom Hale and Jack Kellam starting last.

Elizabeth Bennett (Drops - Le Col S/B Tempur) finished second on her debut outing of the season last month and will be looking to go one better in Saturday morning’s Team Swindon Cycles 10.

The out and back course will see riders compete on the A417 between Mersey Hampton and Cirencester.

Charlotte Emily Daisy Berry (Pro-Noctis - Redchilli Bikes - Heidi Kjeldsen) won the Tetbury Velos 10 in 22-54 and could provide tough competition for Bennett.

In the men’s event Mark Jones (Drag2Zero) is the last rider away after clocking 20-43 in the Tetbury Velos 10 taking fourth.

Keith Ainsworth

Fellow veteran Nick English (Aerocoach) placed third in the Bristol South Cycling Club 10 in 20-44 so a close battle could commence.

Jack Levick (Rose Race Team) has come close to victory already this month and will be competing in Saturday afternoon’s LRRA 10.

Levick placed second in the Bourne Wheelers 10 in a time of 20-18 on his last outing and will be tough to beat.

Veteran Keith Ainsworth (Sheffrec CC) could challenge after winning the VTTA National Championship 25 while Mark Greenwood (Lungs 2 Legs) starts as last man.

In the women’s event Jo Tindley (CAMS Racing) makes her debut open time trial outing of the season.

Veteran Sarah Lewthwaite (Team Sportslab) will be amongst her challengers.

The North Hampshire RC 10 also takes place on Saturday afternoon with riders completing an out and back course on the A31 near Farnham.

Nick Dwyer (Lewes Wanderers CC) could be one to watch with a personal best of 19-09.

Junior Harry Ives (TrainSharp Development Team) could prove to be a tough opponent with two seventh place finishes already this season.

In the women’s event Anna Dwyer (Drag2Zero) will take on the likes of youngster Rosie Simmons (Southampton University Road Cycling Club) amongst otherSs.

Meanwhile, Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott (Newbury Velo) are in the tandem event.

After winning his first three events of the season Christopher Fennell (The Independent Pedaler - Nopinz) starts as last man in Saturday’s Kingston Wheelers 10.

On his last outing on the G10/42 Fennell clocked a winning time of 19-29 in the Redmon CC 10.

Veteran Andy Critchlow (Norwood Paragon CC) has had a consistent start to the season while Jacob Storey (Partenza-Nude Espresso RT) stormed to second in the Newbury RC 25 in 51-14 and both could challenge.

In the women’s event veteran Reinet Maas (Epsom CC) is the last rider away.

After winning in his maiden event of the season last weekend Paul Hart (Hart Performance Coaching) will start as last man in the ECCA 50.

Hart won last weekend in the ECCA 25, the first of the two championship events, on the out and back course near Cambourne.

Over 25 miles Hart clocked a time of 48-57 and will be hoping for another win on Saturday over four laps of the course.

Veteran Rob Young (Team Vision Racing – Silverhook) finished seventh over the 25-mile distance and is an early starter.

Meanwhile, in the women’s event the Icknield RC duo of Judy Reid and Deborah Beare are the last two away.

Ashley Cox (Team Bottrill) has a record of three wins from three finishes this season and starts as scratch rider in Saturday’s Hitchin Nomads 25 on the F14/25.

On his last outing two weeks ago Cox won the Team Milton Keynes 20 clocking a time of 40-57.

Team Bottrill team-mate Sam Wightman has also recorded two top-10 finishes this season and could challenge while Ross Clarke (TMG Horizon Cycling Team) makes his first outing of the season.

Rebekah Nash

In the women’s event Rebekah Nash (Will Houghton Racing Team) won on her last outing on the F14/25 course clocking 1-06-24.

She will be competing against Emily Varley (Hitchin Nomads CC) amongst others.

Another rider who has been on form is Oliver Peckover (UpShift Nutrition Race Team) who will be competing in Saturday’s Stafford RC 10.

Peckover has won five events so far this season but was beaten on his last outing in the VTTA Notts & E.Mids 25.

Amongst his competitors on this occasion are Mark Bottrill (Team Bottrill), Ian Guilor (
Mapperley CC) and Alex Pritchard ((AeroLab Ward Wheelz).

Cyclo-cross and road rider Josie Nelson (Cero/Cycledivision) makes her open time trial debut in the women’s event.

Amongst her competitors are Denise Burrows (AeroCoach) and Jayne Dickens (Pro Vision RC) amongst others.

Professional road rider Connor Swift (Team Arkea – Samsic) will be looking to test his form in the City Road Club 25.

On his only other open time trial outing this season Swift clocked a time of 48-24 to win the Rossington Wheelers 25.

Competition will come in the form of Adam Duggleby (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) who recorded a weekend double last week winning both the Selby CC 10 (19-33) and VTTA Notts & E.Mids 25 (47-18).

Sue McFarlane (Army Cycling) starts as last woman but will face competition from early starter Sandra Burrows (Vive Le Velo) amongst others.

Saturday’s events will be concluded with the Lancashire Road Club 10 which takes place between Garstang and Lancaster in the evening.

A field of 101 riders will be concluded by Adam MacRae who has a second and third placed finish to his name from his opening two events.

David Crawley (Velotik Racing Team) could be one of many challengers in a competitive field.

The women’s race could also be a close one with Rachel Orton (Tri Preston) the last starter while veteran Janet Fairclough (Liverpool Phoenix CC Aintree), Keri Parton (Pro Vision RC) and Deborah Moss (Team Merlin) could all provide a challenge.

Ollie Hucks ((Nopinz Motip Race Team) took his first victory of the season earlier this month and kicks off Sunday’s events in the High Wycombe Cycling Club 25.

Kate Allen

Hucks will be sandwiched by scratch man Peter Oliver (ZeroBC Race Team) and his team-mate Mark Cox.

Claire Emons (Newbury RC) starts as last woman but will face stiff competition from Angela Carpenter (…a3crg) and Kate Allen (Team Bottrill) amongst others.

North Wales hosts its first time trial since the Covid-19 pandemic began with a field of 88 riders preparing to take on the WCTTCA 10.

Phil Williams (Team Bottrill) has won both the Merlin Cycle Classic Series R1 over 22 miles and Mersey Tri 10 already this season and starts as last man on the course between St Asaph and Abergele.

However, Williams might not have it his own way with Dan Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK), Sean Mullen (Port Sunlight Wheelers) and Matthew Wales (Pirate Juice CC) amongst the late starters.

Frances Owen (Fibrax Wrexham RC) won the Nova Raiders 25 earlier this month and is set to compete in the women’s event alongside Charlotte Boothman (Team Lusso) and Janet Fairclough (Liverpool Phoenix CC Aintree) amongst others.

Also taking place on Sunday morning is the North Devon Wheelers sporting 22 near Barnstaple and taking in a triangle route to South Molton and back.

Josh Coyne (Bpm Coaching) finished fourth in the Plymouth Corinthians 10 and could challenge while Craig Morris (Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA) starts as last man.

Natalie Grinczer (CAMS Racing) was a convincing victor in the Plymouth Corinthians sporting 16 on her last outing and goes in the women’s event.

Sunday’s Sussex CA 2-up is set to test teams on a rolling circuit over one-and-a-half laps near Washington.

The Crawley Wheelers duo of Kevin Nelson and Mark Smith start last in the time trial event and the Paceline RT female pairing of Helen Ralston and Lena Kane are scratch pairing in the road bike race.

Taking place on the roads in Cheshire on Sunday is the Crewe Clarion Wheelers 16.5 which takes in a triangle loop between Nantwich, Audlem and Woore.

Alastair Ribbands (Manchester Wheelers) finished third in the tough second round of the Merlin Cycles Classic Series and is scratch man.

Meanwhile, Alistair Golby (AeroLab Ward Wheelz) will be testing his legs for the first time this season and is amongst a string of competitors.

Lucy Rogers (Congleton CC) is a late starter in the women’s event while Lucy Bulkeley (Velotik Racing Team) is amongst her challengers.

The 2-up competition will also be keenly contested with the Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles pair of Mat Ivings and Tom Thornley starting last.

Mark Richards ((D A P Cycling Club) has recorded two third placed finishes so far this season and will be hoping for a first victory in the Great Yarmouth CC 25.

Riders will complete two lumpy laps on a coastal course including a climb up to the finish on what could be a gruelling event.

James Moore (VC Baracchi) starts as scratch man while Denise Hurren (Sole Bay Cycle Sport) and Lisa Hall (Ride Harder) are the last two women away.

Meanwhile, in the 2-up event the VC Baracchi pair of Nick Partridge and Stuart Supple start last.

Also taking part on a lumpy course on Sunday is the FTP Racing 25 taking on an out and back course including a small loop near Berkeley.

Michael Davis starts as last man in a strong host FTP Racing team including Ed Pitt and Arthur Franklin.

However, looking to take the battle to the host riders will be Christopher Gibbard (Bynea Cycling Club) and Nick Livermore (Bristol South Cycling Club) amongst others.

The women’s event has also attracted a strong field with host club rider Jo Buckland duo to take on Megan Dickerson (Skoda DSI Cycling Academy).

Veteran Robert Latchem (Somer Valley Cycling Club) starts as last man in the road bike event.

Another tough event to test the legs of competitors is the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers sporting event over 42 kilometres which includes two climbs up to Burngate.

Neil Mackley

Lee Frost (Nopinz Motip Race Team) starts as scratch rider in the time trial category after finishing second in the New Forest CC 33 on his last outing.

However, he will have to see off the challenge of minute-man Samuel Wadsley (Primera-Teamjobs) amongst others.

The women’s event sees Kirsty McSeveney (…a3crg) start last.

Veteran Neil Mackley (…a3crg) starts as last man in the road bike category after some top-10 results this season and will be looking for a first win while Louisa Cooper (Bournemouth Jubilee Whs) is the last woman starter.

Professional road rider Harry Tanfield (Team Qhubeka Assos) will be testing his time trial legs in Sunday’s Hartlepool CC/VTTA 10.

The 26-year-old last competed in an open time trial when he won the Lee Valley CC Crescent 30 last year in 1-00-30.

Marcel Schubert (Darlington Cycling Club) won the Velo Club Cumbria 10 and will be hoping to challenge Tanfield.

Sophie Lankford (Jadan CycleSpace-Vive Le Velo) will head the women’s field and take on Sarah Foulds (Sowerby Sunday Club).

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