CYCLING: LEE Jackson lost none of his speed over the winter lay-off after winning the first time trial event of the season at for Leamington Cycling & Athletics Club.
The time trial season is well underway following a long winter of preparation with a series of events set to take place between April and August.
Jackson won the five-mile race from Gaydon to Kineton and back in a time of 11 minutes and 45 minutes in a speed quicker than 25mph.
Paul Harper finished as runner-up in a time of 13.24 and he was just over half a minute quicker than third placed Phil Pavey (13.55), while Pierre Guern and Tony Foster shared fourth spot in a time of 14.17.
Riders returned to action on Sunday in Harbury for the traditional Hilly 22 circuit, which takes riders twice round the roads from Bishops Itchington, Ufton and the Fosse Way, and two climbs of Chesterton Hill.
The weather was extremely warm for this event, but the wind was increasing so riders had a slightly harder second lap into a head wind down the Fosse.
Harper backed up his second place in the with a win after finishing in 1:03.45 and Tony Foster passed the timekeeper in the second best time of 1:06.16, just ahead of Tony Smith (1:06.23).
The club’s first event in the Offchurch area was ridden off in cool and damp conditions with a cross wind on the Fosse Way.
Last year’s winner of the ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ trophy, Ralph Anstis, proved to be a quick rider yet again, winning in at time of 23 minutes and ten seconds.
Just a few seconds behind was Lee Jackson and Gavin Fowler, who tied for second place.
Leamington C&AC also held the first of a series of events at Princethorpe where Gavin Fowler won the race in 22.31, ten second ahead of second-placed Lee Jackson.