Strong display from VCB rider Mike Rainton
PUBLISHED: 16:58 26 July 2012
Mike Rainton of Velo Club Baracchi undertook the gruelling 24-hour RTTC National Championship time trial run by Mersey Roads CC.
Rainton is the only current VCB member willing to enter a 24-hour time trial, a real distance event requiring maximum endurance, which is Rainton’s strong suit.
He achieved 324.661 miles, which happily was just over three miles further than he achieved last year. He was placed 71st. Rainton covered 195 miles in the first twelve hours.
The winner, who at 33 was half Rainton’s age, was Ultan Coyle of Rapha Condor CC. Coyle notched up 488.993 miles (260.971 in the first twelve).
Jenny Anderson of VC Baracchi won the prize for fastest lady with her time of 1-11:10 in the Diss & District CC 25-mile open time trial from Bressingham towards Thetford and back.
In the same event VCB rider Gary Matthews rode a time that was identical with his personal best time of 1-02:18 recorded last year.
These times were achieved despite the very challenging up-and-down nature of the course. The undulations and drags are not particularly obvious to anyone driving on the road, but certainly become apparent to anyone on a bike.
Other VCB times were John Swanbury 1-07:17, John Thompson 1-15:31, Tracy Prewer 1-16:00 and Richard Allen 1-18:25.
The winner, Geoff Frost of Velo Velocity achieved 58:10, beating Andre Dyason of Team Swift by nine seconds and Steve Gorbutt of the home club by 13 seconds. There were eight riders under the hour and Matthews was 21st in the finishing order.
In the Gt Yarmouth CC club 10 at Somerleyton Steve Summons reversed the order between himself and Paul Dennington. The week before Dennington had beaten him by seven seconds, but Summons had his revenge. Both of them beat Mark Womack.
The times they achieved were Summons 26:57, Dennington 27:24 and Womack 28:35. It was not as fast a night as the week before – a toal of 18 rode.
The event was won by Stuart Pryce of Strada Sport with an impressive 22:40 from his club-mate Mark Westrup, who had won the week before with 23:27 and this time was second in 24:05.