Lewis Timmins (Team Swift) carved 17 seconds off the course record on his way to victory in the Cestria Cycling Club nine-mile time trial while team-mate and training partner Gemma Frost won the women’s event.
Timmins, who celebrated his 32nd birthday earlier in the week was the only rider to go under 20 minutes in the warm and fast conditions clocking 19 minutes and 30 seconds.
The M9 course near Houghton-le-Spring sees riders complete two laps of a 4.5-mile loop which crosses over the A1.
Timmins, from Stobswood, in Northumberland, added the victory to his top placing in the Lancaster CC 10 and Alnwick 13 earlier this month.
Leading the men’s chasers home over a minute behind the winner was the duo of Thomas Hutchinson (Team Kirkley Cycles) and Jay Pitt (Derwentside), who shared second place with a 20.46.
The veteran’s winner was Chris Mather (Derwentside) who finished fourth overall in 20.55, Neil Wilkinson (Blaydon CC) was quickest veteran 50+ in 21.02 while Paul Tyler (Ferryhill Wheelers) was quickest age category 60+ rider in 24.24.
The Terry Proctor Trophy (in memory of the former Chairman of Cestria CC) was awarded to Stuart Britton who was the fastest home Club rider (22:55).
Fastest road bike rider was Christopher Wayman (EMC) who finished in 21.51.
“Overall, I’m really happy with my race today and chuffed to pick up my first course record,” said Timmins.
“I was a little surprised I went so quick after not feeling too great recently. I’ve been doing lots of training with Gemma (Frost) as she prepares for an Ironman – that’s been our main focus for the past four weeks to be fair.
“I had no idea what the course record was, but I knew a sub 20 minute ride would give me a chance of winning, which is always the first target”.
Meanwhile Frost, aged 36, from Durham, clocked a winning time of 22 minutes and 42 seconds to clinch a clear win in the women’s event.
Like her team-mate Frost also won the Alnwick 13 earlier this month clocking 31.56 on that occasion.
Sarah Wilkinson (Blaydon CC) took second over a minute behind in 24.08 while her team-mate Carrie Brookes finish third a further five seconds behind.
Fastest female veteran was Teri Bayliss (Muckle CC) who clocked 25.02.
Frost said: “Well, I’m happy with my race today – for a change!
“I’ve had to be a bit selective of the races I have done over the past few weeks to ensure that they fit in with the overall training plan ahead of Challenge Roth.
“I was really lucky not to get stuck behind any traffic today – I heard that others did which forced them to slow down. Thanks as always to the marshals and timekeepers for sparing their time and thanks to the weather gods who were on our side today.”
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1 Lewis Timmins Team Swift 19:30
=2 Thomas Hutchinson Team Kirkley Cycles 20:46
=2 Jay Pitt Derwentside CC 20:46
4 Chris Mather Derwentside CC 20:55
5 Peter Stokoe Sunderland Clarion 20:58
6 Neil Wilkinson Blaydon CC 21:02
7 Lewis Wake Team Kirkley Cycles 21:06
8 Michael Todd Derwentside CC 21:08
9 Daryl Oguona Tricademy 21:10
10 Philip Kennell GS Metro 21:21
11 Nick Badcock Allen Valley Velo 21:22
12 Christopher Wayman EMC Cycling 21:51
13 David Robinson Tyneside Vagabonds CC 22:05
14 Colin Blacklock Muckle Cycle Club 22:14
15 Michael Lynch Derwentside CC 22:19
16 Gemma Frost Team Swift 22:42
17 Stuart Britton Cestria C.C. 22:55
18 Craig Foley Tricademy 22:57
19 Neil Foster Adept Cycling 23:16
20 Paul Wright Blaydon CC 23:18
21 John Cantrill Blaydon CC 23:42
22 Stephen Mcintosh Barnesbury CC 24:03
23 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC 24:08
24 Barry Fordham Cestria C.C. 24:12
25 Carrie Brookes Blaydon CC 24:13
26 Howie Buckingham Allen Valley Velo 24:15
27 Paul Tyler Ferryhill Whs 24:24
28 Rachel Galler Blaydon CC 24:54
29 Teri Bayliss Muckle Cycle Club 25:02
30 Paul Barrett Wearside Triathlon 25:07
31 Barry Holyoak South Shields Velo Cycling Club 25:17
32 Raymond Haldane Cestria C.C. 25:28
33 Allan Card South Shields Velo Cycling Club 26:48
34 Frank Devlin South Shields Velo Cycling Club 27:18
35 Tracey Sample Breeze Bikes RT 27:18
36 Mick Chappel North Tyneside Riders CC 27:27
37 Amy Hugill Tri-Life Triathlon Team 27:52