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David Griffiths (Moriarty Bikes-Project Go) went one better than the previous week to clinch victory in the Wrekinsport CC 18 hilly, while Gabriella Homer (Team Boompods) took a closely fought women’s category.
The Wrekinsport CC 18 hilly starts the Shropshire time trial calendar with a gruelling event around the rolling roads of the locally known ‘rabbit run’ and climbing up the steep Hermitage Hill.
Starting on the B4176 the riders travel west up a few sharp climbs to sap riders’ speed towards Sutton Maddock after 3.6 miles.
Riders then turn towards Bridgnorth on another undulating exposed section with some draggy climbs before making the fast descent down into Bridgnorth. Once into the town riders then climbed the Hermitage Hill with an average gradient of 7.9% and maximum of 11.6%, with a distance of 0.9 kilometres to the top.
From the top riders completed a sharp descent before rolling into the finish.
Griffiths, who finished second in last weekend’s University of Manchester CC 25, went one better this weekend clocking a winning time of 39 minutes and five seconds.
Former domestic road racing professional Liam Holohan (Holohan Coaching RT) took second in 39.59 while fastest veteran Tim Beardmore (Nova Raiders) completed the podium places in 40.54.
The women’s category was a much closer competition with the top three riders separated by less than a minute.
They were led home by Gabriella Homer (Team Boompods) who got her time trial season underway with a winning time of 47 minutes and 52 seconds.
Deb Hutson-Lumb (Nova Raiders) was pushed into second finishing in 48.21 while Emma Serjeant (Hafren CC) finished third in 48.49.
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Pos Name Club Time
1 David Griffiths Moriarty Bikes-Project Go 39:05
2 Liam Holohan Holohan Coaching RT 39:59
3 Tim Beardmore Nova Raiders 40:54
4 Chris Pook Holohan Coaching RT 41:48
5 Henri Bedford Revolutions Racing 42:06
6 Victor Chetta Pirate Juice CC 42:25
7 Steve Downey Pirate Juice CC 42:47
8 Thomas Bill Stafford Tri Club 43:13
9 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC 43:27
10 Joe Costello Walsall Roads Club 43:34
11 Robbie Disney CC Bridgnorth RWG 43:57
12 Jon Weavell Stafford Tri Club 44:10
13 Dan Dovey Nova Raiders 44:20
14 Steven Prince Ludlow Brewery RT 44:23
15 Ben Rawlings Wrekinsport CC 44:42
16 Simon Dighton Beacon Roads CC 45:31
17 Phil Hill Chester Road Club 45:43
18 Karl Moseley Fishface RT 46:40
19 Richard Smith Wrekinsport CC 47:11
20 Mark Griffiths Wrekinsport CC 47:21
21 Andy Tibbett Pirate Juice CC 47:26
22 Peter Escritt Nova Raiders 47:49
23 Gabriella Homer Team Boompods 47:52
24 Jason Arnold Hafren CC 48:21
25 Deb Hutson-Lumb Nova Raiders 48:21
26 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC 48:49
27 Adam Mumford Wrekinsport CC 49:43
28 Ben Beachell Rhos On Sea CC 49:46
29 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC 51:57
30 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC 52:57
31 William Hodgkiss Wrekinsport CC 53:35
32 Louise Hurdley Hafren CC 54:22
33 Damian Jay Propel CC 56:04
34 Martyn Shore Walsall Roads Club 59:40
35 Ben Sturgeon Stafford Tri Club 1:00:05