Kevin Tye (VeloRefined Aerosmiths) and pro road rider Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) were fastest male and female riders respectively at the Brighton Mitre CC hilly 10-mile time trial in West Sussex on Saturday.
Simmonds’ time of 23-15 smashed the course record, taking 2-56 off Liz Milne’s 2001 previous best. And Tye was only 15 seconds away from breaking the men’s course record too on a perfect sunny afternoon with warm temperatures and only a light north easterly breeze.
30 and from Cambridgeshire Simmonds clocked 23-15, a time that was good enough for fifth overall, while Tye recorded 21-55 to win by 55 seconds from Pete Tadros (Trainsharp).
Third place was Stuart Bettis (South Downs Bikes) with 23-01, just 13 seconds better than Steve Kane (Team ASL).
Simmonds’ performance was impressive, but also finishing in the overall top ten was second-placed woman Angela Carpenter (a3crg) with 25-22 for ninth overall.
Carpenter helped a3crg take the team prize with seventh-placed David Shepherd having covered the course in 23-30, while Mike Boyce was the final rider in the winning trio with 1-17-14.
The event included a road bike category and South Downs Bikes secured a one-two in that event with Richard Cartland clocking 24-57 for the win while Marc Clothier was second with 25-06.
Janet Clapton (Brighton Mitre CC) was first woman on a road bike with 31-42 for tenth overall.
The course takes riders from a start near Kirdford down to Petworth, before heading back up north east along the A272 towards Wisborough Green where they finish.
The win was Tye’s first open victory of this season coming after he was third in the Farnborough and Camberley CC 25. He is next due to be in action in the VTTA 25 near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire on April 27, as well as the Lea Valley CC 10 on May 4.
Meanwhile, Simmonds was also down to ride the Brighton Mitre CC hilly 25 on Easter Monday.
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