Former British Best All-Rounder Kevin Dawson (Sportscover.com) took full advantage of warm and still conditions in North Yorkshire on Sunday morning, winning the Cleveland Wheelers 50 with an impressive time of 1-40-14.
While much of the country suffered with rain, winds and cold temperatures, the A19 Crathorne to Kirklevington course was relatively unaffected and produced a batch of superb times.
Dawson’s winning time was around two minutes faster than the time he clocked on that course two years ago, while Hull rider Joel Wainman (Team Swift) also did well with 1-41-36 for second spot. His Team Swift team-mate Andy Jackson completed the podium with 1-45-42.
All were assisted by a rising southerly breeze which ensured a tailwind finish for the later starters.
Elsewhere, the best of the other 50s was in the Finsbury Park CC event on the F1 at Tempsford, Bedfordshire, where another former British Best All-Rounder, evergreen Ian Cammish (Planet X), took victory by more than four minutes.
He clocked 1-44-56 to push Team Milton Keynes youngster Luke Clarke into second with 1-48-59, while Michael Broadwith (Shorter Rochford) was 19 seconds further adrift in third.
Times suffered from the wet and cold conditions in Hampshire, where Richard Simmonds (The Altitude Centre) was victorious in the Reading CC 50 at Bentley.
He clocked 1-46-15, almost a minute and a half faster than runner-up Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport) with 1-47-40, while 2010 event winner Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) was third, another 29 seconds back.
The former national champion at 100 miles, 12 hours and 24 hours, Andy Wilkinson showed he is still a quality rider at most distances when he won the Shirley RC 50 in Worcestershire on Sunday.
The Port Talbot Wheelers rider clocked 1-47-02 to win the event on the K33 at Alcester by more than four and a half minutes from Warwickshire RC’s Matt Purshouse, who had also finished second the previous day in the Redditch R&PCC 10.
There were also wet and challenging conditions for the Rod Robinson memorial 50 at Glynneath in Wales, the Port Talbot Wheelers promotion which was the Welsh 50-Mile Championships.
Pre-race favourite Justyn Cannon (RAF CC) was fastest with 1-55-03, while Team Echelon’s David Dickerson clocked 1-56-49 for second and also helped Team Echelon to the team prize.
Leigh Premier Road Club proved fastest in the Manchester Wheelers three-up 50km event at Knutsford in Cheshire on Saturday.
They clocked 1-06-24 to beat the promoting club into second spot by 31 seconds, while Wills Wheels were third.
In Cambridgeshire, Deeside Thistle CC’s Derek Stewart was crowned VTTA National 25-mile Champion after a great ride in the title race on the E2/25 at Newmarket.
Stewart covered the distance in 57-59 for a ‘plus’ of 27-01, winning by just six seconds from Cambridge CC’s Ken Usher. Actual fastest rider was Kevin Tye (Datateam Allstars) who clocked 49-57.
In Kent, GS Invicta’s 25 was shortened to just 11.3 miles because of emergency roadworks, but a good event was held nevertheless with Andy Miles (VC Elan) winning by 14 seconds from Dulwich Paragon’s Julian Bray.
In Hampshire, Team Axiom’s weekender faced remarkably different conditions.
Saturday’s 10 was run off in reasonably good conditions as the rain showers dodged the riders, and the pick of the riders was Allan Ridler (Team Cycle Kingdom) with 20-14.
But their luck ran out the following day for the 25, when Gabriel Martinez (VC Meudon) won with 51-48 after battling through rain and a rising wind.
One of the best 10 times of a poor weekend – which saw the Lancaster CC 10 in Cumbria cancelled because of roadworks – went to Nicholas English (AW Cycles) who clocked 19-55 to win the Farnborough and Camberley 10 in Hampshire.
But some of the best 10 times of the week were in East Yorkshire on Wednesday evening, where Joel Wainman (Team Swift) won the Team Swift event on the V718 with 19-25, while Lee Tunnicliffe clocked 19-32 for second and Steve Gore-Browne completed the podium with 19-57.
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