High Wycombe CC

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  • Date: 20-May-23
  • Time: 08:00
  • Distance: 29.5 Miles
  • Course: H29/18
  • Closing Date: 09-May-23 23:59
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Hucks charges to clear victory in High Wycombe CC 29.5

  • Published: 22 May 23
  • Written By: Snowdon Sports
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Ollie Hucks (Kalas Motip) took a clear victory by almost three minutes in the High Wycombe CC 29.5, while Teresa Goddard (Kingston Wheelers CC) was fastest female.

Hucks recorded his third open time trial victory of the season stopping the clock in a time of one hour, three minutes and 18 seconds over the undulating 29.5-mile course.

Junior riders filled six of the top seven positions and quickest juvenile Finn Obrien (Lee Valley Youth CC) was the fastest road bike overall.

Starting outside Lane End riders had a quick start along the B482 – running alongside the M40 – before briefly joining the A40 at Stokenchurch.

However, approaching the six-mile mark competitors then turned onto a twisty and undulating unclassified road for the next four miles.

Competitors then joined the B481 through Cookley Green to Nettlebed and then A4130 down to Henley-on-Thames.

The A4155 gave another opportunity to gather speed on the flat before the final sting in the tail climbing for the last five miles from Marlow up to the finish.

Riders were greeted by sunny and warm conditions for the Saturday morning event and despite a slight breeze some fast times were recorded.

Hucks was the favourite after winning on the same course in the Maidenhead & District CC event on non-aero bikes in March (recording 1-10-23) - with Spindata predicting a 1-03-42 this time out.

The 24-year-old beat that predicted time by 24 seconds to run out a clear winner by two minutes and 48 seconds.

“I live very local to the course so know the roads well,” said Hucks. “I train on those roads a lot so know what lines to take on the corners, where to press on and where to catch my breath.

“There was a north-easterly wind which is slightly unfavourable on that course as there was a block headwind on the final third of the course.

“I was 30 seconds off my course record, given the conditions I was very happy with that. My next big targets for time trialling are the National 10 and 25-mile events later on in the year. The 10 is certainly something I’m looking at.”

Junior riders battled out the remaining podium positions with Angus Stoneham (Beaconsfield Cycling Club) finishing second in 1-06-06, while fellow under-18 aged rider Joseph O’Brien (Lee Valley Youth CC) took third overall (1-07-12).

In the road bike event under-16 category rider Obrien took his first open time trial classification victory completing the undulating course in a time of 1-16-04 – an average speed of over 23.2 miles per hour.

Ewan Tuohy (Dartford Road Club) was second road bike 52 seconds back while John Blight (Rapha Cycling Club) finished third in 1-18-29.

Goddard was the only woman competitor with the veteran rider taking the category win on her road bike in a time of 1-36-30.

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