Louise Scupham and Bevan Jones were fastest female and male respectively as the Team Sportslab 10-mile event marked the official resumption of time trialling after the easing of the Coronavirus lockdown.
Saturday’s event was by invitation only, and the 12-rider field was designed to test the water in light of on-going restrictions to avoid upsetting the local community.
Nevertheless it was a competitive field, and those who did brave the wind and rain to ride reported that the event went safely and social distancing was observed throughout.
Jones, the 21-year-old from Brigg in North Lincolnshire, clocked 20-16 to take victory by 59 seconds from Team Sportslab colleague Matthew Asquith, while another rider from the promoting club, Jonathan Croft was eight seconds further back in third spot.
Fastest female was Liv AWOL rider Louise Scupham, the 22-year-old all-rounder from Scarborough who covered the course in 23-30 for seventh spot overall.
The V714 course takes riders on the B1230 from Gilberdyke out to Howden and back. It features two flyovers which have to be tackled in both directions, but few had problems and displayed their good fitness levels despite lockdown.
“It went really well,” said Jones. “I’ve only done one time trial so far this year because of lockdown, so I was pleased to get the win.
“I’ve been training throughout the last few months, going out most days and doing one hard effort each week. So I knew I was in good shape, but you don’t know how it’ll go until you actually get out there.
“I wanted to do a sub 20-minute time to be honest, but it was a course PB for me so I’m pretty happy and I can’t really complain.
“The organisation was brilliant, I was impressed. Everybody was spaced out and knew what they were doing and I felt really safe. I’ve entered the Tickhill Velo 10 next month so hopefully I’ll get another ride there, assuming it goes ahead.”
Jones, whose 10-mile personal best is 19-20 set three years ago, previously placed sixth in the Team Sportslab 10 back on March 14, just before lockdown.
Meanwhile Scupham is hoping to take part in the Croft 10-mile TT Series next month, and has entered the Darlington CC sporting 10 too.
A good all-rounder, materials science student Scupham’s only time trial this season prior to the Team Sportslab event was the Solihull CC 16 in March where she placed second.
But in 2019 she was 13th in the National 25, and similarly was runner-up in the University of Birmingham CC Spring Road Race, winning the opening time trial stage before taking third in the criterium.
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1. Bevan Jones (Team Sportslab) 20.16
2. Matthew Asquith (Team Sportslab) 21.15
3. Jonathan Croft (Team Sportslab) 21.23
4. Ciaran Pickering (Team Sportlab) 21.26
5. Adam Hardy (Team Sportslab) 21.33
6. Duncan Putman (Derby Mercury RC) 22.53
7. Louise Scupham (Liv AWOL) 23.30
8. Mike Beckett (Team Sportslab) 23.59
9. Derrick White (City Road Club Hull) 24.40
10. Karen Taylor (Team Sportslab) 24.47
Women: Louise Scupham (Liv AWOL) 23.30
Juvenile: Jacob Riby (Team Sportslab) 25.34
Veterans: Matthew Asquith