Brett Harwood (Team Bottrill) prepared for next week’s National Closed Circuit Championships with a clear win at the Lincolnshire RRA 10, while Joanna Johnson (Lincoln Wheelers CC) took the women’s victory.
Harwood, aged 43 and from Peterborough, finished eighth in the National 50-Mile Championships earlier this season but showed he is just as fast over the shorter distance.
The C10/10 course saw riders start on the outskirts of Sleaford before facing a cross headwind as they headed south on the A15 before rising towards the turn for home.
Ahead of the National Closed Circuit Championships next weekend Harwood clocked a winning time of 20 minutes and 11 seconds.
Jack Levick (Ross Race Team) led the chase behind in second place finishing 20 seconds behind while John Brearley (Squadra RT) took third in 21.01.
“It was a bit windier than I expected to be honest although it wasn’t too bad,” said Harwood.
“I didn’t know I had got the win because I didn’t hang about for the finish and just rode home. I was pleased to get the win and it was quickest time anybody has gone on that course for a couple of years.”
In the women’s event, Johnson who finished second in the Lincolnshire RRA 25 earlier in the season, went one on this occasion to clinch top spot.
The veteran rider clinched victory with a winning time of 26 minutes and 14 seconds.
She was chased home by fellow veteran Kathryn Smith (Sleaford Wheelers CC) in second clocking 27.26 while Sally Withey (Team Swift) finished a further four seconds behind.
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