TIME TRIAL RESULTS - 2022
SCA Championship 50
A display of masterful time trialling was handed out by 2020’s winner, Andy Critchlow, Norwood Paragon CC in 1-48-32 in tough conditions. His winning margin was 3-28 over 2021’s winner, Steve Kane, Team TMC who led the winning team backed by Matt Smith (1-53-09, despite a softening front tyre from halfway onwards) and Kevin Plummer with 2-00-57.
Paul Thatcher, Brighton Mitre CC, at age 59 did a personal best with 1-57-41
despite losing a minute with unshipping his chain to be inside 2 hours for the first time and becoming the veteran with a winning +34-39 on CTT target time.
Andy Critchlow has had successes on his palmares with a win in a Peter Buckley road race on the Ashdown Forest in the 1990’s and competing in a Commonwealth road race too. Currently course record holder with 1-45-26 whereas he rates this year’s ride as a better performance.
A small field of 35 riders, although more than other London South DC “50”s have had this year, was the smallest in this event for at least 25 years, following on from 2021’s record high of 74 riders over the same period.
Sunday 26 June 2022
ESCA 50 Mile
Cris Coxon (Brighton Mitre CC) was a convincing winner finishing almost three minutes clear of his rivals in the East Sussex CA 50, while Pip Jenkins (1904RT) rode well clear of her competition in the women’s event.
Coxon, from Steyning, completed the course in a winning time of one hour, 49 minutes and six seconds, finishing two minutes and 54 seconds clear of his nearest rival.
The G50/89 saw competitors complete two laps of an out and back course between Maresfield and Halisham along the A22.
Veteran rider Coxon, aged 45, had eight podiums to his name this season coming into the event including one win at the Central Sussex hilly 10 and took his second win on this occasion.
Scratch rider Sam Fuller (7Oaks Tri Club) led the chase behind and finished second in 1-51-52 for his first podium finish of the season.
The fight for third was a close one with Matthew Woods (Eastbourne Rovers CC) clocking 1-53-18 which was just 16 seconds faster than team-mate George Welfare.
In the women’s event Jenkins took a convincing win with her time of 2-05-23 some 11 minutes and 50 seconds faster than her nearest rivals.
Jenkins, aged 34, from Groombridge, clinched her third win of the season after also successful rides in the Medway Velo Club 25 and Southborough & District Wheelers 10 events.
Quickest veteran on scratch Tracey Williams (Brighton Mitre CC) finished second in 2-17-13 while Jane Wiley (7Oaks Tri Club) took third (2-20-07).
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Sunday 12 June 2022
SCA Championship 15
Matthew Smith (Team TMC) went fastest in the Sussex CA 15-mile time trial, while Tracey Williams (Brighton Mitre CC) was quickest in the women’s event.
Smith, 38, covered the G15/92 course in 30:59 which was just four seconds short of the course record and 18 seconds better than the next best rider.
In second spot was veteran Cris Coxon (Brighton Mitre CC) with 31:17, while taking third place was Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers) who clocked 31:25.
This was Matthew Smith’s second win of the season so far, having won the Sussex CA 25 last month. It also gives him revenge over Coxon who pipped him to a podium spot in the Brighton Mitre CC 10 ten days earlier.
Smith is familiar with London South District courses, having finished on the podium in the East Sussex CA 25 in April as well as the East Sussex CA 10 events in April and March.
Tracey Williams was the lone female starter, but the 53-year-old clocked an impressive time of 40:30 to take the win. This marks three consecutive time trials where Williams has made the podium, two of which she has won.
This event took place on a single carriageway course on the A283 to Shoreham-by-Sea and back. Riders reported it was a pleasant morning with 14-16 degree temperatures with a light breeze that began to stir during the event.
The fastest team on the day was Team TMC led by winner Smith but also containing Nik Allen and Steve Kane who completed the course in 31:52 and 32:36.
In other categories 69-year-old Mark Vowells (San Fairy Ann CC) set a new National trike 15-mile record with a time of 38:50. And 81-year-old Alan Robinson of Central Sussex CC set a new Surrey/ Sussex veterans record with a time of 44:42.
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Saturday 11 June 2022
SCA Championship 25
Sally Turner (trainSharp) made it two wins in two days at the Sussex CA 25-mile event near Steyning, while Matthew Smith was fastest man and led Team TMC to the team prize in Sunday morning’s event.
Turner clocked 58-33 to add to her win in the Sussex Ca the previous day. This time she was victorious by 3-20 while second spot went to Emma O’Toole (Nopinz Motip), with Katie Simmonds (Horsham Cycling being third.
Smith’s time of 52-32 gave him the overall win by 44 seconds from Paceline RT veteran Pat Wright, while Smith’s team-mate at Team TMC Steven Kane was third fastest in 53-34.
Team TMC were the fastest trio with fourth-placed Nik Allen being their third counting rider.
It was a dry and sunny day, but a stiff wind on the outward leg meant Michael Hutchinson’s long-standing course record remained very safe.
In other categories Brighton Mitre CC’s Paul Thatcher was the best veteran on CTT target time with a plus of 16-09, beating Nik Allen who was 13-34 ahead of his target time.
And Southborough and District Wheelers’ youngster Henry Weaver was the fastest junior with a time of 1-10-37.
This was Matthew Smith’s first open win of the season so far after five rides. He was fifth in yesterday’s Sussex CA 10, but placed second in both the East Sussex CA 10 and 25 on March 27 and April 24 respectively.
And for Sally Turner this was win number six having won the East Sussex CA 15 in March, the VTTA 10, East Sussex CA 10 and 25 in April as well as the previous day’s Sussex Ca 10.
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Sunday 8 May 2022
SCA Championship 10
Chris McNamara and Sally Turner were fastest male and female at the Sussex CA 10-mile time trial on Saturday morning, while Josh Golliker claimed the junior course record.
Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT rider McNamara finished in 19-23, while 18-year-old Golliker (trainSharp Development Team) was just nine seconds behind and in recording 19-32 he took 30 seconds off the previous junior record, while Brighton Mitre CC’s Cris Coxon’s time of 19-58 was enough for third place.
There was a further stand-out performance from a young rider, with Luke Goodwill (VC Londres) finishing in 20-03 in the under-16s category.
Turner, riding for trainSharp, almost claimed another record on the day, with her time of 21-33 enough for victory but just two seconds behind the existing course record set by Joss Lowden.
Second place went to Caitlin Bower, from HuntBikeWheels.com, in 25-10, with third-place Tracey Williams (Brighton Mitre CC) 34 seconds behind in third place.
McNamara now has four victories from rides this season, and will be hoping for more of the same when he competes at the Bike-Pace VTTA National Championship on May 14.
The 10-mile route, on course G10/97, begins near Hammes Farm, just north of Steyning, before proceeding southeastwards via Bramber Castle and Beeding Court towards Adur Bridge.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. This report by James Ayles.
Saturday 7 May 2022