RTTC 100-MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
The third of this season's individual RTTC National Championships sees 159 Men and Women contesting the 100-mile title races at Yarm, Stockton on Tees, on the T1002/2 course, on Sunday.
TAYLOR AND SIMMONDS DEFEND
Both 2015 champions, Charles Taylor (Team Bottrill) and Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) defend along with last year's Silver Medalists, Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) and Bronwen Ewing (Rye & District Wheelers).
THIRD ONE FOR TAYLOR?
Taylor will be going for his third successive title at the distance and may well have his work cut out to achieve the aim such is the quality of the field. Apart from Topham who was only beaten by 15 seconds last year there are riders such as Ryan Perry (Langdale Lightweights RT), winner of this year's 50-mile Championship, Richard Bideau (Pendle Forest CC). Kieron Davies (Drag2Zero), John Dewey (Team Bottrill), Marc Arnold (CC Desiragear),Keith Murray (Drag2Zero), Tejan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy CT), second in the recent 12-Hour Championship) and Philip Graves (Clifton CC York) ready to challenge. As far as the team medals are concerned Simon Beldon, Andy Jackson ad Joel Wainman (SSLL RT) hope to repeat their 2015 success, when in Team Swift colours.
Hayley Simmonds, who retained her British Cycling Time Trial Championship in June, faces the challenge from Angela Hibbs (Fusion RT Fierlan), the 50-mile Champion,Alice Lethbridge (Starley Racing), Mel Wasley (SSLL RT), Bronwen EWing and if she has recovered from her winning ride in the 12-Hour Championship, Katja Rietdorf (Born to Bike), all in with medal chances.
Simmonds is last of the women away at 7am while Taylor goes off at 8.50am, last man.
The course takes in the A67/A19/A168 starting near Kirklevington Grange Prison. Event headquarters for the Stockton Wheelers promoted Championships are at Conyers School, Green Lane, Yarm TS15 9ET. Former Commonwealth Games Team Time Trial and Road Race Gold medalist Paul Curran will be making the award presentations.