Jeff Jones edges closer to Rudy Project time trial series win
Jeff Jones, ninth, National 25-mile time trial championships 2012
Series leader Jeff Jones (Drag2zero.com) won the penultimate round of the Rudy Project Time Trial Series in Lincolnshire on Sunday, covering the 24.5-mile course in 51-37.
He pushed out Scott Walker (MG Décor) into second spot by more than three minutes to continue his march towards the 2012 title. Meanwhile, in the women's event, fellow Drag2zero.com rider Julia Shaw was victorious, covering their 14-mile version of the course in 31-55 to win by three and a half minutes.
In Staffordshire, there was a new national competition record set in the Stone Wheelers 25 at Blythe Bridge, with Lyme RC rider Barry Charlton taking 30 seconds off the Trike record for the distance, lowering the mark to 54-18.
Also in the event, there were some impressive two-wheeled performances with South Pennine RC's Charles Taylor taking victory with 49-34, just four seconds ahead of Charles McCulloch (Drag2zero.com), while also going under the 50-minute mark was Manchester Wheelers' Simon Bridge.
Over the same distance, Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers) was victorious in the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 25, re-arranged from July because of heavy rain on the original date.
He clocked 52-39 to win by almost a minute from Simon Berogna (VC St Raphael) over the P413 course at Lytchett Matravers in Dorset.
There were also some fast times in Wales, where Rob Pears (Bath CC) won the Cardiff 100 Miles RCC 10-mile event at Abergavenny. The 49-year-old covered the R10/17 course in 19-24, beating Jon Wynn (Northovers VT) by 31 seconds.
In Lancashire, Derek Parkinson (Drag2zero.com) won the Wigan Wheelers 25 on the L2525 at Garstang by 22 seconds, his time of 53-45 pushing out John Morgan (Preston Wheelers).
Sandy Wallace Cycles rider Peter Ettles won the Ronnie MacDonald Memorial 10 at Invergordon in Scotland, the 22-year-old clocking 21-40 for a tough course based on the A9, which while dry and sunny, gave riders a stiff headwind on the way back.
And in Yorkshire, Scott Povey (Drag2zero.com) won the Yorkshire Road Club 50-mile event at Thirsk in North Yorkshire. He covered the V259 course in 1-44-00, winning by more than four minutes from Team Swift's Andy Jackson.
In hill-climbing, Tejvan Pettinger continued his winning run with victory in the Swindon Road Club two-stage at Snap Hill near Aldbourne, winning the opening one-mile climb of the less steep side with a time of 8-32.9, and then tackling it from the steeper and shorter side to clock 2-30.42 and win overall by more than 45 seconds.
Elsewhere, young Endura-Pedal Power talent Liam Cowie won the Aberdeen District CA Championship at Cairn Mon Earn, Stonehaven.
He covered the one-mile hill in 3-53, to win by just one second from Granite City RT rival Craig Wallace.
And slightly further south, GS Metro staged a climb at Hedley on the Hill in Northumberland, and king of the hill was veteran Karl Denton (Blumilk.com whose time of 4-27.3 was good enough for victory by seven seconds over Ian Taylor (Adept Precision RT).
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