Course specialist Ross Clarke (TMG Horizon Cycling Team) knocked 19 seconds off his personal best en route to winning the Finsbury Park CC 50-mile time trial in Bedfordshire, while Helen Gravatt (CC Ashwell) was fastest female.
Clarke, 19 and from London, clocked 1:43:45 while Andy Proffitt (Ipswich BC) was more than two minutes off Ross’s pace and returned in 1:46:26. Andy was in the field due to not having a qualifying time to get into the National 50 (a win-win he remarked in view of the National being cancelled!).
Joe Gorman, Stevenage CC, claimed third place with 1:47:29, well ahead of Dan Northover, Finsbury Park CC, 1:47:58.
Top woman was Helen Gravatt (CC Ashwell) with 2:10:16, followed home by Heather Larson (VTTA London and Home Counties) in 2:13:39.
The wind was a light, north easterly breeze, aiding the outward legs and only a mild irritant on the return. The road surface was very good and exceptionally fast in places.
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Ross Clarke TMG Horizon 1:43:45
2 Andy Proffitt Ipswich BC 1:46:26
3 Joe Gorman Stevenage CC 1:47:29
4 Daniel Northover Finsbury Park CC 1:47:58
5 Henry Farrell Full Gas RT 1:52:26
6 Daniel Ryan North Road CC 1:52:31
7 Matt Donovan Bedfordshire Roads CC 1:52:55
8 Julian Pegg Hitchin Nomads CC 1:54:52
9 John Lacey Hemel Hempstead CC 1:55:14
10 Neil Allonby Icknield RC 1:56:05
11 Fraser Hillcoat Welwyn Wheelers 1:56:22
12 Mark Mossop Team Secret Squirrel 1:59:12
13 Steve Clarke TMG Horizon CT 1:59:40
14 Peter Lloyd A5 Rangers CC 1:59:51
15 John Manlow Ely and Dist CC 1:59:52
16 Chris Symonds North Road CC 2:04:29
17 Robert Saunders North Bucks RC 2:04:35
18 Alan Crane Chronos RT 2:07:15
19 Richard Moule Bossard Wheelers 2:08:33
20 Helen Gravatt CC Ashwell 2:10:16
21 Matt Price Icknield RC 2:13:03
22 Heather Larson VTTA London & Home Counties 2:13:39
23 Dominic Whitehead St Ives CC 2:20:10
24 John Howells Corinium CC 2:43:24