The latest round of the Newmarket Cycling Club Time Trial Midweek League was held on the hilly Ashley 11-mile circuit, with riders having the option of riding one or two laps of the course.
Although there was a relatively small contingent, there was real excitement as Jason Bouttell, one of the country’s top time trial and mountain bike riders, made an appearance as a warm-up for the National 50-mile Championship.
Riding over the one lap route, and in rather slow conditions due to the wind, Bouttell smashed his way to a stunning sub-25 minute time, with teenager, Max Sahota, also riding well to record 26.10.
Over two laps, Lee Woodcock made easy work of his victory, finishing in 53.59, ahead of Bob Watson (57.18), who was making his first appearance of the season.
The next event will be held over five miles at Fordham on June 24, at 7pm.
In open events, Bob Watson rode in the Veterans’ Time Trial Association 50-mile event, held on June 13, on the A11/A14, where he was delighted to record a lifetime best time of 1:48:22, almost three minutes faster than his previous best.
The main news of the weekend was the National 50 mile Championship, held on a challenging single carriageway course near Crewe. Newmarket-based riders, Matt Smith and Jason Bouttell, riding for Team Velovelocity are among the top riders in the country and very closely matched.
On the day Smith edged out Bouttel, finishing in fifth place, his time of 1.45.48 only four minutes behind the winner, defending champion, Matt Bottrill.
Despite having ridden very few time trials this season, Bouttell was only 21 seconds further back, finishing in ninth place with a time of 1.46.09.
Capping an excellent day for the team, Dan Bloy finished 10th, which was sufficient to seal victory in the team competition.