KENILWORTH’s Matt Clinton returned to winning ways on Sunday after winning the Birmingham Cycle Club’s 25-mile time trial event at Princethorpe in Warwickshire.
Windy conditions greeted the 60 riders for the two-lap race of the Princethorpe-Ryton course, with the triangular route being one of the toughest in the area and the wind did not help riders in any direction.
Clinton, riding for Mike Vaughan Cycles, was the last person to take on the course on his Trek Speed Concept and he was looking to go one better than his 2014 course record of 49 minutes and six seconds.
Conditions this time around would not yield quick times, but Clinton’s local knowledge was an advantage which played off.
The 31-year-old crossed the line in a time of 50 minutes and 28 seconds which as fast enough to set a clear margin ahead of Bath University’s Liam Bromiley who finished one minute and 29 seconds behind in second, while David Mead (Hinckley CRC) finshed third in 53.10.
The victory bodes well for Clinton who looks to be hitting form at the right time as he goes in search of a medal at the National 25-mile Championships in early August.
1 Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) 50.28
2 Liam Bromley (University of Bath CC) 51.57
3 David Mead (Hinckley Cycle Racing Club) 53.10
4 Craig McKee (Rugby Racing CC) 53.14
5 David Kiernan (Lutterworth Cycle Centre Racing) 53.42
6 Stuart Travis (Wellingborough Cycles) 53.53
7 Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero) 54.08
8 Christopher Halford (Stourbridge Velo) 55.29
9 Andrew Tompkins (Lutterworth Cycle Centre Racing) 55.57
10 Elliot Maynard (Team Bottrill) 56.20