CYCLING: The sunny and warm weather of last weekend resulted in some fast times in the three cycle races staged by the A5 Rangers Cycling Club. On Saturday, the 31 and 15-mile races were held over the hilly Duncote,Weedon,Litchborough circuit while Sunday’s 10-mile race used the Towcester to Syresham and back course.
Despite the recent winter’s snow affecting training, the winner of the 31-mile event, Matt Bottrill from the I-ride.co.uk team, managed to beat the course record by over three minutes. Bottrill, a previous winner of this event, used his knowledge of the strength sapping climbs wisely and rode a carefully paced ride. His time of 1 hour 8 minutes and 33 seconds was over four minutes faster than team mate and second-placed rider Richard Bradley’s 1 hour 12 minutes and 49 seconds.
Local riders also fared well. The newly formed Baines Racing Team from Silverstone had Stuart Wilson and Andy Ilsley taking part. Wilson recorded 1 hour 18 minutes and 52 seconds and Ilsley 1 hour 27 minutes and 35 seconds.
The 15-mile event was won by Jason Gurney of the Baines Racing Team with a time of 37 minutes and 39 seconds. The A5 Rangers riders’ times were: Murray Kirton 47 minutes 05 seconds, Duncan White 52 minutes 58 seconds and Keith Gelder 55 minutes and 04 seconds. Sunday’s 10-mile event resulted in a win for John Simpkins of the Drag2zero team with a time of 22 minutes and 09 seconds. Murray Kirton from the promoting club recovered well from his exertions of the day before to record a time of 29 minutes and 20 seconds.