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Weather makes life tough for cyclists

Stratford Editorial 30th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STRATFORD Cycling Club held a ten-mile time trial on the ‘fast’ Dunnington course last Thursday but unfortunately the weather conditions were not helpful, as strong winds adversely affected two of the three sides of the roughly triangular course.

The resultant times were not quick and generally suited powerful cyclists over high-cadence, pure speed merchants.

Mick Stallard coped best with the conditions to record a time of 22 minutes and 30 seconds to win the club event and secure the Stratford TT series for the year.

Second was Ewan Gibb, who has been improving quickly over the last few months, in 23.30.

Third was Lloyd Walton in 24.48, fourth Carl M Taylor in 24.54 and fifth spot went to Adrian Osborn in 25.04.

The remaining Stratford CC competitors were Thomas Lane (25.09), Stephen Eggleton (25.53), James Fidoe (26.09), Max Yates (26.17), Keith Walton (26.22), Nigel Jones (26.26), Chris Huxley (26.29), John Meehan (26.33), Keith Fitzgerald (27.38), Dave Clarkson (28.01) and Joe Lee (28.17).

CONDITIONS could not have been any more different on Saturday for Rugby CC’s Open ten-mile Time Trial on the fast Coventry course.

There were light headwinds on the way out, but this meant a tailwind on the slightly longer and generally tougher return leg.

Stratford CC had five riders in the event and four of them managed a personal best time on this super-fast and hot day.

Mick Stallard was the fastest Stratford rider in 21.05. Ewan Gibb took 30 seconds off his personal best to finish in 22.45 and Adrian Osborn finished in 23.26 to set his fastest time, with Stephen Eggleton finishing not far behind in 24.00 – knocking 49 seconds off his PB in the process.

Keith Fitzgerald also set a fastest time this season, recording 25.52.

The event was won overall by one of the top ranked UK elite riders, Matt Botrill, in a time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds – an average speed of 32.58mph for the ten-mile distance.


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