Christina Murray and Anthony Jones were fastest female and male riders respectively at the Bike pace 50-mile time trial near Abergavenny on Saturday.
Murray (Army Cycling), the reigning women’s national 24-hour champion, covered the R50/1b course in Monmouthshire in an impressive 1-54-11 despite early crosswinds causing problems for some and nearly abandoning after just two miles.
Welsh 12-hour champion Jones (VMCC powered by Y Beic), covered the course in a new personal best time of 1-43-07 to take overall victory by just four seconds from Conrad Moss (Primera TeamJobs), while another 22 seconds back was Stuart Day (VC Sevale) in third.
Ludlow CC Espoir Robbie Disney was fastest on a road bike and just scraped under the two-hour mark in 1-59-59, making the most of reasonable conditions which saw sunny intervals through the clouds, while showers didn’t arrive until the afternoon.
The course takes riders from a starting point to the south of Abergavenny and along the A40 through Raglan and on to Mitchel Troy just before Monmouth. They turn back at that point and on returning to the start they repeat it for a second lap.
Having also ridden the Cambridge CC 25 the following day, Murray is now targeting the Bute Wheelers weekend of events on the Scottish island next weekend.
Jones has been prolific this season, but his two victories of 2021 have come in his last two events – this Bike Pace 50 as well as last weekend’s Welsh 12-Hour Championship.
Prior to that, he had featured on the podium at the Realteam.co.uk 10 and Cardiff 100 Miles RCC 50 in August, the Bike Pace 50 on the same course back in June as well as the West Wales CL 100 and the Realteam.co.uk 10.
He is hoping to secure a ride at the Welsh 50-Mile Championships on September 26, and his performance at the Bike Pace 50 will boost his hopes of victory there.
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MEN on TT bikes
1 Anthony Jones VMCC powered by Y Beic MV 1:43:07
2 Conrad Moss Primera-Teamjobs MV 1:43:11
3 Stuart Day VC Sevale (Malvern) MV 1:43:33
4 Gavin McCloskey-Lambert Manchester Wh M 1:44:29
5 Christopher Owram Bath Cycling Club M 1:44:53
6 Simon Adcook Worcester St. Johns CC MV 1:48:15
7 Kevin Lane Droitwich Cycling Club MV 1:49:13
8 John Franklin Twickenham CC M 1:49:18
9 Dan Cutting Ludlow CC MV 1:53:48
10 Jonathan Sayce Hereford & Dist Whs CC MV 1:54:03
11 Mike Hall Port Talbot Whs CC MV 1:54:57
12 Gareth Jones Clevedon & Dist RC MV 1:55:21
13 Gary Jones Successcycling.co.uk MV 1:56:04
14 Andy Kelly Bristol South Cycling Club MV 2:00:48
15 Marco Marletta Cardiff Jif MV 2:03:02
16 Allan Hodgson Newport Phoenix CC MV 2:04:17
17 Tom Cox Saint Piran MV 2:05:56
18 Paul Colman Haverfordwest Hornets MV 2:06:21
19 Tim Radley Gloucester City Cycling Club MV 2:08:42
20 Roger Taylor Frome and District Wheelers MV 2:15:26
21 John Isard Hampshire Road Club MV 2:15:49
22 David Steel Hereford & Dist Whs CC MV 2:38:59
23 Peter Wilson Bath Cycling Club MV 2:44:28
24 John Howells Corinium Cycle Club MV 2:46:58
Justin Ford CC Blaenau Gwent MV DNF
Owen Burgess Newport Phoenix CC M DNS
Mark Pierce Plymouth Corinthian CC M DNSa
James Cartlidge Plymouth Corinthian CC M DNSa
Phil Wright Hartlepool CC MV DNSa
Daniel Colman Arctic Aircon RT M DNSa
Nick Bunyard Westbury Wheelers MV DNS
Andrew Curley Warwickshire Road Club MV DNS
WOMEN on TT bikes
1 Christina Murray Army Cycling WV 1:54:11
Andrea Parish VeloSistas TT Team WV DNF
Isabella McNally Westbury Wheelers W DNSa
1 Robbie Disney Ludlow CC E-RB 1:59:59
2 Michael Collins VC Sevale (Malvern) MV-RB 2:19:21
Karl Moseley Bridgnorth Cycling Club MV-RB DNS