2018 winners Paul Hart and Elizabeth Marvelly were again fastest male and female riders respectively at the Hainault Roads Club hilly 50-kilometre time trial in a wet Essex on Sunday.
Last year’s winner Hart, the 39-year-old former National 50-mile competition record holder from Ramsden Heath, clocked 1-05-26 for the testing course based on Navestock Side, giving him the win by 45 seconds from Rhys Howells (Richardsons-Trek).
Third spot went to the promoting club’s own Russ Kober, more than three minutes further back.
In-form Marvelly (LIV AWOL) clocked 1-22-35 to win the women’s prize by almost five minutes ahead of MJ Cyganowska (Rapha CC).
17-year-old Marvelly hails from Borehamwood, and went one better than the second place she secured in the previous week’s North Road CC hardriders 21.2. Her time this year was around a minute and a half quicker than her winning time last year.
Finsbury Park CC took the team prize by around seven and a half minutes with their trio of Dominic Bray, Gregory Smith and Simon Neatham clocking a combined 3-51-08, which left the North Road CC team of Nicholas Candy, Danial Ryan and Michael Atkinson to settle for second.
The course takes riders from the start at Navestock Side to Passingford Bridge, before retracing and heading up to Little End, Stanford Rivers, Toot Hill, Colliers Hatch and back down to Passingford Bridge and back to the start.
Riders suffered with wet conditions and several punctures were suffered, including one of the pre-race favourites Felix Barker (ActiveEdge RT) who was one of the ten non-finishers.
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