IT WAS cause for celebration for Kenilworth’s Matt Clinton after he successfully won back his Midland Time Trial Championship title in Wolvey.
The 31-year-old finished runner-up at the same event last year but this time around he tasted success again.
Still conditions and a fine afternoon saw Clinton finish at just under 30mph in a time of 20 minutes which was almost 20 seconds off his finishing time at last year’s nationals.
More importantly Clinton produced his best performance of the season on his Trek Speed Concept bike as he steps up preparations for this weekend’s National Ten-Mile Championship in Suffolk.
Clinton finished 12 second ahead of Jonathan Wears in second place, while Dean Robson finished 12 seconds back in third place.
“Wolvey’s known to be a slow course, the surface is rubbish and it’s fairly sheltered, so you rarely get any wind assistance,” said Clinton.
“It’s also a very honest course and I was a little disappointed to not go under 20 minutes, however very few people have done that and I’m pleased with my form before next weekend’s National 10.
“The 10 course is also out-and-back, but looking at the profile, there’s not one bit of flat road, hopefully that should suit me.
“The course record is 21.33, that’s putting it in to perspective being nearly two minutes slower than Wolvey, which no-one considers quick.”