Despite already having done a day’s work prior to lining up for Round 4 of the RTTC-Rudy Project Time Trial Series Matthew Bottrill (drag2zero) romped around the 26.5 miles of the Doncaster Wheelers promotion to score another good win.
A six-hour shift in his postman’s guise did little to slow him, his winning 56-00 giving him a 2-23 beating of teammate Jeff Jones while Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) was at 2-42 in third spot.
Facing two laps of a sun-kissed Beckingham-Clayworth-Clarborough-North Wheatley-Beckingham circuit Bottrill was quickly into his stride clocking 27-35 for his opening leg which put him 56 seconds up on Jones with Clinton at 1-12.
The podium places remained unchallenged over the second half leaving Mike Rudding (Wightlink-Offshore RT) to take fourth with a `59` dead and James Coleman (Witham Wheelers) fifth in 59-45.
“It was a bit of a rush for me to get here after my early morning work, but I managed it for my 1.30pm start,” Bottrill said. Coming between two championships (the 10 and the 25) it was difficult to prepare for this especially as I’ve been preparing with the `25` in mind, that’s the one that everybody wants to win,” he added.
“Today was a bit different to last week’s 10-mile championship, warm and sunny, although the wind was troublesome today. My time was slower than last year’s when I won with a 56-00,” Bottrill said.
Recovered from the cold that kept him out of the championship `10`, Jeff Jones was happy enough with his performance. “It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. When I drove the course it didn’t seem too tough. I didn’t find the first lap too bad, but on the second lap I really felt it and the heat didn’t help,” Jones said. “But for all that I am quite pleased so I’m hoping for a good performance in the `25`.
Matt Clinton was “pleased” with his third place. “But I don’t like the heat, I’m happier in September and October when the hill climbs are on,” he said.
Best of the Espoirs, Jack Green (VC St Raphael) has settled into life as a student at Nottingham University with cycling taking second place to studying. “I have to fit in training around my Uni work, “ Green said. But that will change in a few weeks time when I’m off to race in Belgium for seven weeks,” Green said.
When I come home I’ll concentrate on riding time trials with the British Time Trial Championship in mind,” Green said.
The women’s event, over one lap, brought National 10-mile Champion Julia Shaw (drag2zero) up against bronze medallist Rebecca Slack (London Dynamo), who had beaten Shaw in Round 2. Shaw started two minutes behind Slack and managed to catch her before the finish to win with 29-54 to Slack’s 32-01.
“You had to be very careful today, if you cornered too fast you could get in trouble, Shaw said. “I rode the course beforehand and nearly came to grief on my trial run. The same happened in the race, I approached a corner at more than 30 miles an hour and had to brake hard.
“On top of that there was that killing climb of Clarborough Hill and the wind, I went faster last year. All in all I think I am as fit as I’m going to be this year,” Shaw added.
Shaw’s win added to Bottrill and Jones’s placings gave drag2zero the day’s team prize.
Slack's efforts couldn’t have been helped by a recent fall from her bike that left her with an injured rib and a very colourful bruise on her thigh.
The Veterans event saw Julian Ramsbottom (Scunthorpe Polytechnic-Jack Tighe) continue his domination, notching up his fourth successive win in this year’s TT Series with 28-17 for the 12.95 miles. Steve Smales (Boneshakers-Trek) was second at 46 seconds while Nigel Haigh (Sporstcover-Altura RT) was a further three seconds adrift with fourth placed Geoff Platts (MG Décor Team Carbon Bikes) was 1-06 behind Ramsbottom.
Platts, however, was the best in the Veterans Target competition with +07-26 to teammate Graham Green’s +07-15 and John Woodburn’s (VC Meudon) +07-09. “That was very close, just seconds in it between us, much better,” Platts said.
Tim Challinor (Para T) took the Disabled riders event with an adjusted time of 29-03 (actual 31-17) ahead of Nicholas Fairfield (City RC Hull), 31-18 (33-05).
Best of the juniors was Tom Bracegirdle (Team Elite) who had a very slim winning margin of just two seconds over Callum Rogers (Scunthorpe Polytechnic-Jack Tighe), 31-05 and 31-07 their respective times. Junior Series leader Jack Coward (Chippenham & District Wheelers) was third with a 34-02.
So the first half of the TT Series comes to a close to allow the various National Championships free reign until August when part two kicks off with the Worcester St Johns CC promotion. Lets hope the weather is as good as it was on Saturday when it was a pleasure to sit in the sun in front of the result board at Beckingham Village Hall.