Sixteen years after setting his first competition best for 12 hours, Andy Wilkinson turned the record books inside out with a stunning ride to regain his crown in Norfolk on Sunday.

The 48-year-old Merseysider covered 317.912 miles in a mixture of light winds and heavy rain for CC Breckland’s event, based on the A11, to obliterate the mark of 305.51 miles set last year by Jeff Jones.

Wilkinson, who covered 167 miles in the first six hours, averaged 26.48 mph for his ride despite losing some ground when he punctured on the finishing circuit.

The ride puts Wilkinson in line for the British Best All-Rounder title and is the latest in a string of superlative performances down the years. He broke 300 miles for 12 hours the first time in 1996, when he also broke competition record at 50 and 100 miles and won all three national titles, and then improved the 12-hour record to 302.46 in 2009. Last year Wilkinson improved his 24-hour record to 541 miles.

Alex Topham (High Wycombe CC), who also punctured in the closing stages, took second place with 304.902 miles as he narrowly missed Jones’s mark, with his clubmate Jonathan Shubert, 293.318, in third.

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  • Paul Brown

    Third place went to Jonathan SHUBERT (not Shuster). Congratulations on a big PB.

  • Adam Topham

    As per my earlier comment, you went to press prematurely. It turns out that Adam (not Alex) Topham DID actually beat Jeff Jones comp record from last year.

  • Jonathan Shubert

    Dear Cycling Weekly

    Regarding your article about Andy wilkinson’s breaking of the 12 hour national record in the CC Breckland event, you have mentioned my third place but given me the wrong surname. I would be very grateful if you could change this.

    Yours sincerely

    Jonathan shubert

  • Howard Topham

    Hi, For the sake of accuracy,the second place rider was actually Adam Topham not Alex. Also, correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that the distances you quote are provisional subject to final lap calculations. However this will not change the finishing positions.

    Thanks

    Howard

  • Adam Topham

    It was actually Adam Topham and not Alex Topham that came 2nd. :-) And he almost certainly has beaten Jeff Jones’ distance. The results at the moment are provisional and I suspect once they are properly calculated there will be other inaccuracies in this article.

  • Steven Davison

    Incredible performance from Andy and a lovely bloke to boot.

    Well done!

  • M Ballard

    Incredible that someone who does very nearly 305 miles,Alex Topham,comes second.Andy Wilkinson at 48 years of age records close to 318 miles!.Congratulations to both.
    I mentioned the the story to a French friend this morning that someone had ridden 511km unpaced in 12 hours and he said”just as well they dont have 24 hour time trials in the Olympics,it would be another gold medal for Great Britain”