PREVIEW: August 14-15

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Honours will be on the line this weekend in the St Christophers/SVTTA 25 incorporating the Scottish District Championships, just one of many events.

Scratch rider Kyle Gordon (RT 23) suffered a puncture in last weekend’s National 25 Mile Championship and will be hoping fortune is on his side this time out.

A week earlier Gordon won the Kennoway RC 10 clocking 18-47 on his first outing of the season.

Starting a minute ahead is veteran Douglas Watson (GTR - Return to Life) who has two wins to his name this campaign and finished 11th in last weekend’s championship event.

National 24 Hour Champion Robbie Mitchell (Auchencrow Thistle CC) will also be looking to test his form over the much shorter distance.

Veteran Christina Murray (Army Cycling) won the women’s National 24 Hour Championship and starts as last woman.

Testing their endurance on Saturday are those riders in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 100 taking place on the A168 near Boroughbridge.

The Chapeau! Vive Le Velo duo of Darren Yarwood and Fiona Sharp will be hot favourites going into the event.

However, after a host of top-10 placings this season veteran Philip Kennell (GS Metro) could provide a challenge.

Ben Stead. Photo by Ellen Isherwood.

Ben Stead (3 RT) has won two of his last three events and will be hoping to add to his tally in Saturday’s Withington Wheelers 25 taking place on the J4/8 in Cheshire.

Stead won the VTTA 50 and Blackburn & District CTC 10.6 in the last few months but was beaten in his last outing in the Congleton CC 50.

In the women’s event Lucy Rogers (Congleton CC) will be looking to win this time out after finishing runner-up in the Congleton CC 50.

After seeing his long unbeaten run ended in last weekend’s National 25 Mile Time Trial, Christopher Fennell (The Independent Pedaler - Nopinz) will be looking to return to winning ways in the Epsom CC 10.

Taking place on the A31 between Farnham and Alton competition will come in the form of veteran Christopher McNamara (Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT) who has won nine events this season.

Hayley Rigby (Giant Camden Team Liv) starts as scratch rider in the women’s event looking to improve on her 21-50 in the Chronos RT 10.

The ECCA 10 sees 130 riders competing on the E2/10 near Cambridge on Saturday afternoon.

After winning the National 25 Mile Time Trial Championships last weekend Hayley Simmonds (CAMS Racing) will be looking to add another win to her collection in the women’s event.

Angela Carpenter (…A3crg) start as last woman in a competitive field which also includes Madeline Gammons (Jadan CycleSpace- Vive Le Velo), Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) and Sally Turner (TrainSharp).

Simmonds and Carpenter will also meet a day later in the …A3crg 10 near Haslemere when Samuel Wadsley (Primera-Teamjobs) will start as last man in a full field of 90 riders.

Veteran Liam Maybank (Twickenham CC) is due to start as last man and won the Alton CC/Owens Cycles 10 on his last outing in June.

Jack Levick (Rose Race Team) has won three of his last four events and will be the one to beat in a field of 109 riders in the Sherwood CC 25 near Newark on Trent.

Emily Martin (Weaver Valley CC) won the Manchester & District Ladies CA 10 and SCCA & WCTTCA 100 on her last two outings and will start as final woman.

Competition for her will come in the form of veterans Denise Burrows (AeroCoach) and Michelle Morley (Swift Racing).

The Coventry CC 10 also sees 100 riders taking part on the out and back K11/10T course near Rugby.

Veteran James Perkins (Race Hub) starts as last man with a personal best of 18-56 but has not ridden since placing seventh in the Bourne Wheelers 10 at the start of May.

Jennifer George (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz) was narrowly beaten in the Addiscombe 10 last month and will be looking to reverse that result in the women’s event.

Reader for a long day in the saddle on Sunday are those entered in the WCTTA & LTTCA 12-hour event.

A small field of just 30 riders are due to compete over the long distance with Brian Fogarty (Fogartys Insurance Tri Team) starting last man and Michelle Fairclough (Salford Cycling Club) the final woman.

Joanna Patterson

Joanna Patterson (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz) finished third in last weekend’s National 25 Mile Championship and is due to return to Cumbria to ride in Sunday’s Croston Velo 10 on the fast L1015.

A large field of 100 riders will be headed by veteran Ben Harrison (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) as scratch man.

Battle will also continue in South Wales on Sunday when a stacked field is due to compete in the WCA 25m Championships on the R25/7 between Usk and Monmouth.

Tom Ward (AeroLab Ward WheelZ) has won his last two events in the region and clocked a time of 57-26 to win the Welsh CA 30 last month.

After winning last week’s Pontypool RCC 10 in 18-24, Christopher Gibbard (Bynea Cycling Club) will be looking to turn the tables on Ward losing out last time they met.

A further challenge could come from Gruffudd Lewis (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) who placed second in the Ross-on-Wye & Dist 10 last month.

The women’s event sees Anna Morris (AeroLab Ward WheelZ) start last with competition from Frances Owen (Fibrax Wrexham RC) and Jo Buckland (FTP (Fulfil The Potential) Racing) amongst others.

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