Steers bang on course for win

MARK STEERS won the Hainault Roads Club evening 10 time-trial last Wednesday by a convincing margin of one minute. On a breezy night, Steers managed to put in a terrific ride to cross the line in 24 minutes and 27 seconds to take his first win of the seri

MARK STEERS won the Hainault Roads Club evening 10 time-trial last Wednesday by a convincing margin of one minute.

On a breezy night, Steers managed to put in a terrific ride to cross the line in 24 minutes and 27 seconds to take his first win of the series.

Runner-up was Paul Gee with 25.27, his fastest ride on this course this year, while Roger Pimm claimed the third spot with an impressive time of 26.22.

Next up was Brian Ward, who suffered a mechanical problem during his warm-up which restricted his bike to just two gears.


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Nevertheless, he endured the setback to record a fine time of 28.12 and netted himself seven points.

Having spent the last few months riding some incredibly long-distance Audax rides, Kevin Barton's fitness was displayed with a great performance, knocking a minute from last week's ride to stop the clock in 28.28.

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Taking five points for sixth place was Frank McGowan, a little down on last week with his time of 29.38.

Matthew Smith, in seventh place, made a vast improvement on his previous week's ride, shaving 49 seconds off to clock a time of 29.43, his first ride under 'evens' on this course.

Chris Pimm came in eighth with a consistent ride to record 30.38. Ninth position went to Patrick Smith, who lost a handful of seconds to his time of last week crossing the line in 32.58.

While in the points in 10th place was Alistair Smith, with a great ride to record a PB of 34.04.

Meanwhile, Hainault Roads Club racer Mark Steers rode to second place in the ECCA 10 mile time-trial last Saturday.

The race took place on the E34/10 course near Orsett, and Steers rode magnificently to record a time of 22 minutes and 54 seconds.

As runner-up, the highest position ever in an open race for Steers, he later said: "It wasn't a huge field and one of the favourites did not start, so I won't let it go to my head."

The event was won by Richard O'Rourke of Flitch Crono in 20.35.

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