Adam Wild (GS Metro) and Anna Turvey (Drag2zero) proved fastest male and female riders respectively at the Shaftesbury CC 50-mile time trial in Cambridgeshire on Sunday.
Wild, the 23-year-old from Morpeth, and Turvey, the 40-year-old Irish international from Newcastle, both made the long journey from the North East to Six Mile Bottom to ride the E2 along with a full field of 120 riders.
But wet and cold conditions meant there were several non-starters and four non-finishers, with 78 completing the distance.
Wild’s time of 1-34-28 gave him the win by 3-38 from team-mate Carl Donaldson, while Manchester BC’s Alex Royle was third.
The challenge of Adam Duggleby ended when he punctured just after the half-way mark while chasing down Wild’s time, while last year’s winner Chris Bartley was among the non-starters.
Turvey clocked 1-46-28 to take the women’s prize by more than four minutes from Jennifer Millmore (Islington CC), while 40-year-old Turvey was also best veteran on standard with a plus of 40.04.
“It was really cold and wet!” said Turvey. “I didn’t even warm up, just sat in my car then cycled to the start. My time wasn’t bad and my power was decent for the distance. I was super careful going round the turns, but I was pretty knackered afterwards so that’s good.
“I was furloughed for a bit and I was glad to be out training, but I’m back in now and cycling to work. I’m excited to be back racing and am looking forward to seeing what I can do.
“I may do the National 100 and go for the BBAR, but it looks like it’s four days before the Irish Nationals, so that’s probably not such a good idea.”
And after his winning ride Wild said: “I’m pretty please to win this one as it’s a big 50.
“I felt I was going well this year and knew [team-mate] Carl Donaldson had won the Shaftesbury with a 1-36 before. So when I saw that I was on for a 1-34 I was just trying to eke out as many seconds as possible and stay on track.
“I really missed the social side of time trialling. It seemed weird not going back to the headquarters for a chat and a drink, but I totally get why and hopefully we’ll be back there soon.
“Thankfully the National Championships have been moved to the end of the season so they’re still goals. The National 100 and 12-hour are both big goals for me, particularly the 100.
“The National 50 is in the North East this year which will be nice. And if I’m doing the 100 and the 12-hour I may as well have a crack at the British Best All-Rounder too.”
The popular E2 course takes riders from the start just south of Six Mile Bottom and down the A11 to Fourwentways before turning and then back north all the way round the Newmarket bypass on the A14 and up to Red Lodge.
They turn back south there and do another short loop back up, before heading all the way back down to Fourwentways and back to the finish near Six Mile Bottom.
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Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Adam Wild GS Metro S 1:34:28
2 Carl Donaldson GS Metro S 1:38:06
3 Alexander Royle Manchester Bicycle Club S 1:38:21
4 Jonathan Shubert Arctic Aircon RT S 1:39:07
5 Matthew Smith DRAG2ZERO V 1:39:12
6 Conrad Moss Primera-Teamjobs V 1:39:15
Women: Anna Turvey (Drag2zero) 1:46:28