Rugby RCC, Rugby Velo, Leisure Lakes and MI Racing
Rugby RCC, May 4
Course: K11/10B - Braunston.
It was a popular first win for Craig McKee in Rugby RCC’s 10 mile time trial held on a fast A45 course based at Braunston.
Local teacher Craig has had a string of second places already this season and it was only a matter of time before he claimed the top spot, edging out last season’s club time trial champion Russell Morris into second place.
Despite the sunshine conditions were not ideal, with riders turning into a strong headwind on the return leg from Dunchurch. Rob Robson blitzed the handicap after a slow start to the season, taking 4 minutes off his season’s average so far. Phil Byrne incurred an unwelcome puncture, the only rider out of 49 starters not to finish.
Craig McKee 21-33, Russell Morris 22-07, Adrian Tayles 22-16, Matthew Plant 22-29, Peter Wright 22-33, David Newton 22-36, Russell Green 23-00, John Gabriel 23-04, David Kimberley 23-18, Mike Smallwood 23-52, Chris Parsons 24-27, Craig Middleton 24-30, Peter Belfield 24-31, Victoria Plant 24-32, Phil Gatley, Martin Orrill and David Baxter all 24-50, Andrew Childs and Peter Timmins both 24-50, Mark Carver 24-56, Ray Dyke 25-04, Ryan Kenworthy 25-04, David Gillett 25-06, Simon Brand 25-14, Rob Robson 25-14, Tony Johnson 25-23, Keith Hirons 25-24, Dave Gunby 25-31, Patrick Weir 26-18, Mike Macleod 26-26, Dave Pettifor 26-29, Richard Kenworthy 26-31, Jamie Roberts 26-34, Mike Bloom 26-55, Alan James 27-32, Julie Andrews 27-57, Mark Emms 28-20, Steve Bond 28-21, Stuart Sykes 28-28, Chris Lodge 28-44, Sian Rainsley 30-40, Beverley Masterman 31-37, Phil Byrne D N F.
Club Handicap: Rob Robson 15-44, Beverley Masterman 16-27, Peter Belfield 17-51.
Private Entries: Greg Ashley (Team Jewson) 22-28, Bob Cooper (Coventry RC) 23-24, Andrew Gardner (Coventry RC) 24-35, Samantha Anderson (Team Jewson 24-57, Mike Wheeler 25-40, Christa Morris 29-27.
A month into Rugby Velo’s Time Trial Championship and the efforts were beginning to tell with four Personal Bests set on the night. Phil Clark took the winner’s honours with a 22-40, and Lee Edmonds took second with a 23-00 still strugging to find the leader’s pace. In what was his first visit to the podium Ironman Triathlete Steve Whittington finished third on a 24-20.
Other Times: Phil Hughes 24-26; Dave Garrett 25-12; Steve Franklin 25-28 (PB); Michelle Paget 25-46 (PB); Ken Rushall 30-38
Guest Riders: Natasha Morrison 24-24; Nathan Parsons 24-37(PB); James Meadows 24-54(PB); A.Weston 25- 29; Dave Newton 28-11; Gordon Townsend 34-20.
Any plans for a fast time by Leisure Lakes rider Vince Jenkins, were blown away by a gale force wind in the Carl Roach Memorial 25 in Wales. However, with 1.01 57 in the supporting event, Vince Jenkins’s performance against his age standard was still better than that of the winner of the Vets on Standard in the main event.
“I was initially a bit disappointed when I saw my time,” said Vince. “But when I realised that I had beaten the competition in and around my age group by up to more than five minutes, it didn’t seem so bad after all.”
Rugby rider Malc Brookling of Team Jewson, in his first 25 mile time trial of the season following a broken foot earlier in the year, recorded the super fast 54-29 in the VTTA East Anglia event near Newmarket. Its only his second race this year. Brookling made a come back to racing last season after many years out of the sport and bodes well for the future.