Jo Buckland and Max Stedman both broke course records on their way to victory in the Chippenham and District Wheelers 10-mile time trial on the U41 near South Cerney in Wiltshire on Saturday.
Buckland, the 54-year-old who rides for FTP (Fulfil The Potential) Racing, clocked 23-58 to take 41 seconds off the previous record set in 2018 by Sarah Gunn.
And in the men’s category road pro Stedman, 25 and riding for HuntBikeWheels.com, took 16 seconds off the previous best by Dan Martin, also set in 2018.
It was a dry and pleasant day, very different from the last time the Chippenham staged a time trial in October when bad weather led to many non-starters.
As well as Stedman breaking the old record, runner-up Steven Parsonage (Richardsons-Trek) was also within the old mark with 20-38, while the final place on the podium went to Nick Livermore (Bristol South CC) with 20-39, also beating Dan Martin’s previous record.
Top veteran and fourth overall was Richard Brook (PDQ Cycle Coaching) with 20-49, while Eddie Allen (Redmon CC) was fifth, another nine seconds back.
Jo Buckland won the Sheila Wiseman Memorial Trophy for her efforts. Hailing from Malmesbury, Buckland clocked 23-58 to win the women’s category by 53 seconds from Emily Kate Walton (Bristol South CC), whose veteran team-mate Maria Powell was third fastest female overall and just one second further back.
While Brook was fastest veteran, second was Nick English (AeroCoach) in 21-04.
Under the ‘one rider one prize’ rule the over-40 veterans prize went to Robin Short (Cotswold Veldrijden) in 21-28, while the over-50s veteran prize went to David Bolton (Bristol South CC) who clocked 22-13.
The over-60 prize went to Stephen Parfitt (Oxonian CC) and top over 70 was Robert Latchem (Somer Valley CC).
The promoting club’s own Lawrence Martindale clocked 22-30 to take the junior/juvenile prize, while PDQ Cycle Coaching were winners of the team prize with Richard Brook being joined in the winning trio by Tim May and Neil Dunnage. They were 52 seconds quicker than the Bristol South CC trio in second.
Andrew Legge and Joanne Knight (Bristol South CC) teamed up to good effect on a tandem with 22-59.
The popular U41 course begins just south of South Cerney and loops round the Spine Road East before crossing over the A419 and down Cirencester Road to the turn just north of Cricklade.
While waiting for the road season to get going in earnest Stedman will be using time trials to good effect and plans to ride the Westbury Wheelers 26 next Sunday.
Buckland – who was third in the previous weekend’s Newbury Velo 10 – hopes to continue her good form in the Bike Pace 50 on May 15, as well as the FTP Racing 25 on May 23.
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