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Adam Wild and Natalie Batey were victorious in the Bishop Auckland CC 40.5-mile mountain time trial in County Durham on Sunday morning.
The pair braved bitterly cold winds on the tops of a challenging course, which saw several non-starters including reigning national hill-climb champion Fiona Burnie (who has been suffering all week with a cold and cough) as well as former national 10-mile competition record holder Anna Turvey (who had a virus and pulled out on Friday evening).
Nevertheless, the event produced some strong performances from the riders who did take part.
GS Metro rider Wild, the 21-year-old from Morpeth who won the opening round of the Sigma Sports National Time Trial Series last month, clocked 1-47-20 to take the win.
Although this was around two minutes off the course record, it was a strong performance and gave him the win by more than ten minutes.
Second spot went to Nicholas Latimer (B38-Cycles in Motion) with 1-57-49, while just 39 seconds further back in third spot was Wild’s team-mate at GS Metro, Tim Wilcock.
Batey, the 33-year-old from Newcastle who rides for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, clocked 2-27-09 to win the women’s prize – a strong performance and good time despite a depleted field.
Elsewhere in the result, there was a strong showing of veteran riders.
The over-40s category was won by VC Godalming and Haslemere rider Mark Pritchard in 2-12-43 which gave him eighth overall, while second fastest in the over-40 veterans category was David Moses (Bishop Auckland CC).
Fastest over-50 rider was Paul Hague (Gosforth RC) with 2-07-08 which gave him an impressive seventh spot in the overall results, while Ferryhill Wheelers’ Dougan Collins was second and Dave Clark (Richmond CC) was third.
And the over-60s category was won by John Mein (Cleveland Wheelers) who clocked 2-23-02.
Adam Wild, who leads the Sigma Sports Series rankings after adding second spot in round two to his opening event victory, also placed third in the BUCS 10-mile Championships earlier this month.
He is due to ride round three of the series promoted by Buxton CC on Good Friday.
Batey, who was third in the previous day’s North Tyneside Riders 10, finished as second female pairing in the Blaydon CC two-up 12.5 on April 6, and was fifth in the Barnesbury CC 21 on March 30.
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1. Adam Wild (GS Metro) 1:47.20
2. Nicholas Latimer (B38-Cycles in Motion) 1:57.49
3. Tim Wilcock (GS Metro) 1:58.28
4. Richard Lilleker (Cleveland Wheelers) 2:01.50
5. Ross Turner (Cleveland Wheelers) 2:04.45
6. Rick Bailey (B38-Cycles in Motion) 2:05.34
7. Paul Hague (Gosforth RC) 2:07.08
8. Mark Pritchard (VC Godalming and Haslemere) 2:12.43
9. David Moses (Bishop Auckland CC) 2:14.18
10. Clive Upton (Hambleton RC) 2:16.09
Women: Natalie Batey (Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service CC) 2:27.09
1. Mark Pritchard (VC Gdoalming & Haslemere CC) 2:12.43
2. David Moses (Bishop Auckland CC) 2:14.18
1. Paul Hague (Gosforth RC) 2:07.08
2. Dougan Collins (Ferryhill Wheelers) 2:17.19
3. Dave Clark (Richmond CC) 2:23.36
Over-60s: John Mein (Cleveland Wheelers) 2:23.02