KENILWORTH rider Matt Clinton is celebrating after winning the Midland Time Trial Championships in Wolvey.
The Mike Vaughan Cycles rider was one of 124 riders taking part in the ten-mile contest on what many describe as being one of the slowest courses in the area.
Clinton owned the current course record (19.43) which he recorded from his ride last year and he watched as eventual second-place rider Josh Williams, from Oswestry, clocked the third fastest time ever recorded on the course with 19.56.
But 30-year-old Clinton completed the course three seconds quicker in a time of 19.53 to claim first place. His target before the race was to finish below 20 minutes and he did that despite htting the final turn 15 seconds behind Williams.
Fellow Mike Vaughan Cycles rider Jack O’Neill also competed on what was his first taste of the course.
The 20-year-old produced a strong performance to finish 46 seconds slower than his personal best in a time of 21.04, which was enough to claim sixth in the Midlands Championships and 11th overall on the day.
This weekend O’Neill is back in action at the Coventry Cycling Club ten-mile event, while Clinton will next be racing the National ten-mile event on August 30.
Top ten: 1.Matt Clinton (19.53), 2.Joshua Williams (19.56), 3.Rich Bussell (20.06), 4.Justin Layne (20.37), 5.Robert West (20.46), 6.Tom Ward (20.47), 7.David Kiernan (20.51), 8. Jonathan Wears (20.52), 9.Billy Oliver (20.55), 10.Daniel Northover (20.59)