Magnificent seven for Howard
HOWARD Staunton won his seventh 10-mile time trial of the Hainault Roads Club evening tens series. All top-10 finishers managed to get under evens, while Staunton took the top spot with a great ride, covering the 10 miles in 24 minutes and five seconds.
HOWARD Staunton won his seventh 10-mile time trial of the Hainault Roads Club evening tens series.
All top-10 finishers managed to get under evens, while Staunton took the top spot with a great ride, covering the 10 miles in 24 minutes and five seconds.
Just behind was Mark Steers, with a time of 24.21 and bagging third place and eight points was club champion, Rob Dulson, finishing in 24.46. Paul Gee made a four-second improvement on his last week's time, crossing the line in 25.45 for fourth place, and beating his time of last week by 14 seconds was Paul Emery, who secured six points for fifth place with 27.29.
Time-trial secretary, Brian Ward, rode well to record 27.48 for sixth place, while Dylan Marvelly was a little off his best, managing seventh place with a slightly slower time this week of 28.33. After completing the gruelling 117-mile Dragon Ride in South Wales just days before, Kevin Barton had recovered enough to net eighth place with his time of 28.56.
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Frank McGowan, a little down on his previous time, finished in 29.33 and ninth place, while just scraping into the points and recovering from illness was Elliott Hayward, who stopped the clock in 29.46.
Chris Pimm finished his race outside of the top 10 with 30.38 followed by Matthew, Patrick and Alistair Smith with times of 32.42, 33.37 and 35.05 respectively. Alistair was the most improved rider of the night, beating his previous week's time by 1.24 seconds.
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Hainault also had three racers competing in the Shaftesbury CC 25-mile time-trial on Saturday.
Paul Godfrey, Brian Ward and Paul Gee travelled to Cambridgeshire for the event, held near Newmarket, where Godfrey managed to get under the hour to clock 59 minutes and 24 seconds and bag 19th position overall.
He later said: "I was disappointed not to get a PB today, but the wind was fierce on the outward leg. I gave it all I had but didn't have the strength to push through it."
Gee was the next best of the Hainault riders, finishing just outside of the hour with 1:00.30 to take 32nd place.
Ward rode a commendable race into the wind and crossed the line in 1:06.25 to take 88th place in a field of 118 riders.
"It was rather blowy today and a little warm, in fact I needed a bigger gear on the way back - 52x12 was definitely too small," he said. Overall winner was Geoff Perry of Team Milton Keynes who clocked 55.48.
The following day Hainault's Ian Short took on the Norwich ABC promoted 25-mile time-trial where he recorded a time of 55.20. The winner was Lee Bark of Stowmarket and District CC with 51.08.
Howard Staunton still leads the club competition for the fastest 25-mile TT of the year with his time of 54.43.