Howard's away as he sets new record
HAINAULT Roads Club s 18-strong 10-mile time trial series was won by Howard Staunton, who blasted round to set a new course record for a veteran in a time of 22 minutes and 28 seconds. He beat Hainault s own Mick Burrow, who held the record since 1994, wh
HAINAULT Roads Club's 18-strong 10-mile time trial series was won by Howard Staunton, who blasted round to set a new course record for a veteran in a time of 22 minutes and 28 seconds.
He beat Hainault's own Mick Burrow, who held the record since 1994, while in second place was Ilford resident Mark Steers in 23.05, beating his personal best time on this course.
Club Champion, Rob Dulson, was next up, crossing the line in 23.56, while Roger Pimm, placed fourth with 24.44, and with his best ride in a long time, Paul Gee wasn't far behind in 24.57.
In his first outing of the year, Roy Gardiner stopped the clock at 25.11 to take sixth place, while time-trial secretary, Brian Ward, was next in 27.04 with Paul Emery just two seconds behind in 27.06.
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Frank McGowan took ninth and was more than pleased to break evens with his time of 28.12 and newcomer Elliott Haywood secured 10th place with his time of 30.27.
Just outside the points were Chris Pimm and Patrick Smith with times of 31.22 and 32.23 respectively, Smith shaving a further two minutes from his previous week's time.
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Three Hainault Roads Club riders rode the Victoria CC 10.2-mile time-trial near Saffron Walden where Hainault's returning hero Ian Short rode a superb race to finish fourth in a time of 23.08.
Roger Pimm and Brian Ward, Hainault's two-up team specialists, took sixth place in the veterans' team event, recording a time of 25.40.
The solo event was won by Richard O'Rourke of Flitch Crono-www.flitchbikes.co.uk with a time of 21.44, while the veterans' team event was won by Richard Glover and Colin Bunnet for Cambridge CC/Kings Lynn CC in 25.08.
Four Hainault riders raced near Newmarket in the VTTA 25-mile time-trial for veterans over 40 and Howard Staunton fared best of the Hainault racers to gain a top 10 place and a personal best time of 55.08.
Steers also claimed a PB as the next best Hainault rider, stopping the clock in 57.37, while Rob Dulson was happy with his ride of 58.16 as his form continues to improve.
Meanwhile, Ian Short was competing in the SPOCO 22-mile time-trial promoted by the Essex Roads CC near Heybridge. Short continued his run of fast rides, gaining a place on the podium after coming third in a time of 51.28. Paul Smith of PCA Ciclos Uno won the event in 48.59.