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James Mapley and Elise Sherwell were the fastest male and female riders at Southdown Velo’s 50-mile time trial, staged in West Sussex on Sunday morning.
Mapley, the 30-year-old Blazing Saddles rider from Bognor Regis, covered the P901/50 course near Aldingbourne in 1:49.43 to take the win by just 25 seconds from 20-year-old Stephen Williamson (a3crg), while third spot went to Addiscombe CC’s 16-year-old talent Robert Drake, another 1-48 off the pace.
And with 18-year-old Paul Thompson (Epsom CC) finishing fourth, the top placings had a distinctly youthful feel to them.
Meanwhile, 41-year-old Elise Sherwell made it two victories for Blazing Saddles as she proved to be the fastest female, clocking 2:03.46 to place 19th overall and almost six minutes quicker than the next best woman.
Mapley has not placed outside the top ten in any of the open time trials he has ridden this season, and featured on the podium in the a3crg 10 last month and VC St Raphael 18 in February.
But this is his first victory of the season, and one he will be hoping to repeat in the a3crg 10 on Wednesday evening.
Sherwell, from Barnham in West Sussex, has shown good form throughout the 2017 season so far.
She was fastest female in Dulwich Paragon’s 18.6-mile time trial in May, as well as the Elite Cycling 10 that same month.
Since then she has placed second woman in Southborough and District Wheelers 25 in June, and was similarly runner-up in the women’s category at Southdown Velo’s 10 a couple of weeks ago.
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Place Forename Surname Team Time
1 James Mapley Blazing Saddles 1:49:43
2 Stephen Williamson ...a3crg 1:50:08
3 Robert Drake Addiscombe CC 1:51:56
4 Paul Thompson Epsom CC 1:53:31
5 David Dalton Fareham Wheelers CC 1:54:01
6 Paul Byford Crawley Wheelers 1:55:36
7 Peter Garnett Swindon Road Club 1:56:07
8 Nigel Sign Fareham Wheelers CC 1:57:17
9 Chris Jones Bynea Cycling Club 1:58:43
10 Shaun Smart Southdown Velo 1:59:25
11 Barrie Watkinson Bournemouth Arrow CC 1:59:52
12 Jon Fry Horsham Cycling 1:59:58
13 Andrew Thomas ...a3crg 2:00:26
14 Ian Cheesman Worthing Excelsior CC 2:00:52
15 John Banham Southdown Velo 2:01:01
16 Peter Baker Lewes Wanderers CC 2:02:16
17 Martin Booker Worthing Excelsior CC 2:02:27
18 Richard Miles Bognor Regis CC 2:03:31
19 Elise Sherwell Blazing Saddles 2:03:46
20 Colin Toppin Brighton Excelsior CC 2:04:20
21 Donald Parker Brighton Mitre CC 2:05:14
22 Robert Charles Blazing Saddles 2:05:19
23 Sam Bennett 7 Oaks Tri 2:07:00
24 Jonathan Wren Sotonia CC 2:07:55
25 Aaron Smith Bognor Regis CC 2:08:37
26 Kirsty McSeveney Fareham Wheelers CC 2:09:30
27 Arthur Waghorn Bognor Regis CC 2:14:50
28 Peter Davies Brighton Mitre CC 2:15:41
29 Michelle Walter Bournemouth Arrow CC 2:17:43
30 Chris McGuire Hampshire RC 2:18:23
31 John Isard Hampshire RC 2:22:19
32 Peter Weaver New Forest CC 2:25:07
33 Clive Jackson Central Sussex CC 2:26:13
34 Gary Chambers NOPINZ DNF
35 Nick Jones Bournemouth Jubilee Whs DNF
36 Chris Lord Brighton Excelsior CC DNS
37 Marianne Holt Fareham Wheelers CC DNS
38 Craig Wallington Sarum Velo DNS
39 Nick Davy C and N Cycles RT DNS
40 Jay Hookins Velo Club Cycling DNS
41 David Patten Bognor Regis CC DNS
42 Mark Trimmer Southdown Velo DNS
43 Bob Richardson Bournemouth Jubilee Whs DNS
44 Perry Lee Southdown Velo DNS
45 David England Crabwood CC DNS