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Francesca Hall and Andy Nichols tackled undulating roads and tricky conditions to finish top of the timesheets in the Matlock CC 25-mile time trial on Saturday.
“It was foul weather – it was wet and what felt like gale force winds so it wasn’t particularly nice,” said women’s category winner Francesca Hall.
Nichols (B38/Cycles in Motion) is no stranger to an increasing gradient in time trialling, winning two hill-climb events along with a very respectable sixth place in the National Hill-Climb Championships last year.
The 29-year-old who now lives in Sheffield put his climbing skills to the test, posting a 1-00-33 to take his first victory of the year by 28 seconds after being set a marker by David Fellows.
Fellows (Solihull CC) had powered out of the blocks just a minute ahead of Nichols, setting a target of 1-01-01 – only winner Nichols could surpass that, leaving Fellows with his best result since September in second.
Rounding off the podium was Joseph Clark (Cycling Sheffield Giant) who clocked 1-03-14.
Francesca Hall (DAP Cycling Club) made the trip from Loughborough and fended off stiff competition to take victory in the women’s category.
A gap of one minute separated 23-year-old Hall from second placed Claire Swoboda as the youngster crossed the line in 1-13-31, quite impressive considering her navigational skills weren’t at their peak.
“I ended up going the wrong way – I took the wrong turning before a big climb so I lost a little time but it was good to get a good difficult ride in early on in the season,” exclaimed Hall.
“It was a really tough and interesting course, especially with the weather but it was quite a challenge on the hills – although it was nice have a traffic-free day and clear course to go at,” Hall continued.
An eight-time podium finisher including three wins, Hall is on course to surpass her 2018 campaign, one she wasn’t ecstatic with.
“I’m looking to improve on last year – it wasn’t a great season for me so a personal improvement is my goal. It would also be great to push for a top ten in one of the National Championships.”
Second-placed Swoboda (VC St Raphael) clocked 1-14-31 with Yasmin Marks (Beeston CC) a further three minutes adrift in 1-17-40.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission. This report by Jack Cudworth.
1 Andy Nichols B38/Cycles In Motion Male Senior 1:00:33
2 David Fellows Solihull CC Male Senior 1:01:01
3 Joseph Clark CYCLING SHEFFIELD Giant Male Senior 1:03:14
4 William Perrett University of Derby Cycling Club Male Senior 1:03:25
5 Nicholas Latimer B38/Cycles In Motion Male Senior 1:05:01
6 Steve Gibson Peak Road Club Male Veteran 2 1:05:46
7 Rob Watkinson Doncaster Wheelers C.C. Male Veteran 1 1:06:13
8 Timothy Jones University of Nottingham C C Male Espoir 1:07:57
9 Kevin White Matlock CC Male Veteran 2 1:07:59
9 Andrew Hicklin Peak Road Club Male Veteran 2 1:07:59
11 James Mellor 7 Hills Cycling Club Male Espoir 1:08:03
12 Daryl May Sheffrec CC Male Veteran 1 1:09:54
13 Hamish Mcdougall B38/Cycles In Motion Male Senior 1:11:21
14 Scott Harrison Tuxford Clarion C C Male Veteran 1 1:12:00
15 Trevor Mayne Birdwell Wheelers Male Veteran 2 1:12:30
16 Francesca Hall D A P Cycling Club Female Senior 1:13:31
17 Claire Swoboda Velo Club St Raphael Female Veteran 1 1:14:31
18 Giles White Sherwood CC Male Veteran 2 1:15:18
19 Yasmin Marks Beeston Cycling Club Female Senior 1:17:40
20 Michael Wilkinson North Notts Olympic CC Male Veteran 2 1:25:50
21 Andrew Marshall Matlock CC Male Veteran 2 1:26:40
22 Nigel Finch Mercia - Lloyds Cycles CC Male Veteran 3 1:27:25
23 Howard Partridge TFN Triathlon Club Male Veteran 3 1:27:32
24 Neil Devonport TFN Triathlon Club Male Veteran 3 1:42:13
x Robert Fowler Rutland Cycling Club Male Veteran 1 DNF
x Brad Pollitt Chester Triathlon Club Male Senior Dns
x Steven Lyons Team Wheelguru Male Veteran 2 Dns
x Hannah Larbalestier Team Boompods Female Senior Dns
x John Hassall Bossard Whs Male Veteran 3 DNS
x John Potter Matlock CC Male Veteran 1 Dns
x Lee Statham Houghton CC Male Veteran 1 Dns
Name Name Club Status Finish Time