Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins may have been going to the British 10-mile record on the A63 near Hull in East Yorkshire on Saturday but some of the area’s best riders were in action at Sawtry over the same distance.
Wiggins missed the record set by Alex Dowsett, which stands at 17:20, he was 38 seconds off but rather unsurprisingly did take home the £50 winner’s prize.
Closer to home Bourne based cycling professional Jason Burrill came seventh at the 10 mile open race at Sawtry.
The event run by Peterborough Cycling Club saw 85 riders compete for the title, 18 riders from the home club.
The Alston Country Homes sponsored event was won in regal style by club’s second claim member Brett Harwood racing for his Terry Wright Cycles team in a scintillating time of 20:20 with an average speed of 30mph on a warm but windy afternoon.
The top 10 riders were only separated by two minutes with Burrill recording 21:47 to finish 7th and Deeping’s Steve Wood in 22:16 finished in 10th place.
Other times and placings for the club were as follows: 15th Paul Pardoe 22:54,16th Nick Hitchens 23:01,18th Kevin Hobbs 23:07,22nd Graham Wright 23:46,23rd Dave Hulatt 23:59, 24th Martin Bullen 24:05, 31th Dafydd Houston 24:29, 32nd Michael Smalley 24:31, 43rd Lee Forster 25:33, 51st Simon Pidduck 24:31,52nd Alex Ellis 26:18, 62nd Annette Wyld 28:44, 71st Lynn Smithergale 33:14, 72nd Anna Dermitzakas 33:19 and 75th Lou Wood in 34:41. The club’s Lydia Horrix was ill and unable to start.
Stamford based Victoria Valentine has been busy on the road in the last week finishing 4th in Skillington and six days later competing in and finishing third in the UCI World Class Tour Masters race in Copenhagen in Denmark.
The Qualitetch/Alston Country Homes sponsored road team contested the CC Ashwell 60 mile road race near Bedford with Matt Garfield finishing 11th and Jason Smith and Ian Wild in the main bunch and James Boardley trailing in just behind. Over near Derby, Burrill, fresh from his Saturday effort, finished an excellent 20th in the East Midlands Regional Championships the next day in an excellent field including four Raleigh GAC professionals who completely dominated the race.