David McCann’s 25-mile competition record could come under threat this Sunday, when Port Talbot Wheelers stage the latest event on the superfast R25/3L course in South Wales.

A great surface and low traffic counts have made the course one of the best in the country for riders searching for records and PBs, and it was the place where McCann set a new record for the distance in 2009 when he clocked 45-54.

Most of the big guns of domestic time trialling have entered Sunday’s race, but hopes of breaking records will largely depend on the weather conditions.

Hutchinson has already clocked 46-41 on the same course this season when he won the Merthyr CC event last month, but he will be aiming to go even faster this Sunday.

Two years ago the 37-year-old he managed a 46-07 but finished second behind record-breaking McCann on the R25/3L, however this time he should be top of the podium barring incidents.

Other fast men on the startsheet include Matt Bottrill (I Ride RT), Stuart Dodd (Drag2Zero.com), Bottrill’s I Ride RT team-mate Scott Povey and Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC).

The hill-climb season is getting into full swing, and riders will get a preview of the course to be used for this year’s National Hill-Climb Championships when Buxton CC stage an event on the J9/13 course in Derbyshire on Sunday.

The Long Hill course at Whaley Bridge will be used for the 2011 title race on October 30, and many riders are using this weekend’s event to recce the 4.44-mile course.

Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy CT), the current course record holder with 12-26, is last man off on Sunday, and will also be pushing for a podium spot in the Championship race too.

Other riders to watch on Sunday include Gunnar Gronlund (Twenty 3C-Orbea), a 24-year-old former Swedish international mountain biker.

As well as riding the Port Talbot Wheelers 25 on Sunday, Stuart Dodd (Drag2Zero.com) is also riding the Western TTA 10 on Saturday, where he is the scratch man for the event on the U7B course at Falfield. Headquarters in Stone village hall.

In Leicestershire, some of the best young talents will be on show at the GHS Schools National 10-Mile Championship national finals on Saturday.

The race, which has its headquarters at Walton-on-the-Wolds near Loughborough and uses the A10/22 course at Seagrave, has attracted 158 riders – the last of whom to go is Germain Burton (Team de Ver).

This weekend’s top events

Saturday, September 10

Cambridge CC 25 – Stetchworth, Cambridgeshire (course E33/25), 2.30pm.

ABC Centreville 25 – Goostrey, Cheshire (course J2/9), 9.30am.

JE James 25 – Worksop, Nottinghamshire (course O25/3), 3pm.

Western TTA 10 – Falfield, Avon (course U7B), 1pm.

Sunday, September 11

Eagle Road Club 50 – Ugley, Essex (course E1/50), 7am.

Port Talbot Wheelers 25 – Glynneath, West Glamorgan (course R25/3L), 9am.

East Sussex CA 25 – Maresfield, East Sussex (course G25/89), 7.30am.

Buxton CC hill-climb – Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire (course J9/13, Long Hill, 4.44 miles), 10am.

Border City Wheelers hill-climb – Melmerby, Cumbria (course L804, Hartside climb, 5.3 miles), 10am.

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  • stuart stanton

    The R25/3L course makes a mockery of 25-mile ‘records’ as the start is, basically, up there in the clouds and the finish some distabnce below. I can speak with some experience having begun riding variations of the present-day course as far back as the late 1960’s.
    Until tjhe dual-carraigeway in the lower part of the valley was opened up, the course included a real stinger of a climb on the way to the bottom turn in the shape of the ‘Rock and Fountain’.This went a long way to counterbalance the effect of the descent to Glynneath and times were more realistic as a result.
    Records? PB’s? Come off it