Dulson revels in victory

HAINAULT Roads Club champion Rob Dulson claimed his first win of the season in an exciting evening time trial. He powered along the 10-mile E16 course to record a time of 23 minutes and 24 seconds, averaging 25.6mph. Having his best season in many years

HAINAULT Roads Club champion Rob Dulson claimed his first win of the season in an exciting evening time trial.

He powered along the 10-mile E16 course to record a time of 23 minutes and 24 seconds, averaging 25.6mph.

Having his best season in many years, former club champion, Paul Gee, moved up the results board with his second place ride having crossed the line in 24.39.

Next up was Roy Gardiner, one of the longest-serving racers of the evening tens bagging third place in 25.15, while Paul Emery recorded his best result to date of fourth place in 26.54, followed by Mike Clarke in fifth in 27.41.


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Just seconds away from a PB, Frank McGowan raised his game from last week, knocking 42 seconds from his time to finish in 28.18.

For the second week running, Elliott Hayward managed to get below the elusive 'evens' with a time of 28.22 and picked up four points for seventh place.

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Newcomer, Matthew Smith, was just outside the 30-minute barrier, but still came out top as the most improved rider with his time of 30.15 as he has chipped two minutes from his times each week.

Dylan Marvelly and Chris Pimm scooped the last remaining points, coming in ninth and 10th with their rides of 30.43 and 31.24 respectively.

Patrick Smith was just outside the top 10 and just one second behind his previous week's ride with 32.49. Patrick and Matthew's father, Alistair Smith, was a little down on last week, finishing in 35.49.

The Hainault Roads Club's time-trial record for a team of three riders over 50 miles was broken on Saturday.

Four Hainault racers competed in the Shaftesbury CC E2/50c race and the 26-year-old record tumbled once Ian Short, Rob Dulson and Mark Steers finished with a combined time of 5:54.54. Short recorded an incredible 1:53.02 for his time, with Dulson next up in 1:55.13 and Steers producing his best 50 ever to record a PB of 1:56.39.

But when Howard Staunton pulled off the ride of his life, earning himself a PB and crossing the line in 1:54.23, he joined Short and Dulson for a new team record with a total time of 5:42.38, beating the 1983 record by 6.48 seconds.

Hainault's stalwart pair of two-up team time-triallists, Roger Pimm and Brian Ward, took on the Finsbury Park CC 10.2-mile event on Saturday.

The dependable duo put in a great effort and were rewarded with a fine time of 25.38.

The following day saw two Hainault riders venture to Tempsford for the Finsbury Park CC 50-mile event.

Riding his first ever 50-mile time trial, Paul Emery put in a sterling effort, clocking 2:18.07, while continuing his run of good form, Paul Gee his best 50 for 10 years after crossing the line in just 2:04.05.

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