Riders from Worcester St John’s excelled in a series of prestigious cycling events at the weekend.
Simon Garrett set the scene by featuring in the top ten of the Stratford CC 10 on the K33/10 in just 20:48. Carl Dee, wearing the Worcester St John’s jersey, won the prestigious Echelon road race at Welland, with honorary member Marcus Walker winning his category. Seven Saints did especially well in the Little Mountain time trial at Shelsley Walsh.
Star of the day at the Stratford 10 went to Martin Stanley with a new personal best by 90 seconds coming in at 23:38. Simon Adcook came in on 22:05 which was 6 seconds short of a personal best and scraped into the top 20. Paul Guest, returning after a heavy bout of flu, achieved 22:35 despite his power being down by around 25w since his last race three weeks ago. Nic Bradburn, who was riding with gears this year, ended the contest with 24:01.
Second claim member Ollie Morgan, now riding for Team Echelon, smashed out a pb of 21:28
Fans were spoilt for choice on Sunday having to decide between the stunning backdrop of the hills for the Little Mountain time trial or the exhileration of the flat at Welland for the Echelon road race..
The Echelon road race consisted of three laps of the Welland circuit – a total of 49 miles.
Fans were thrilled to see Carl Dee’s victory in the C/D race in a bunch sprint finish. Richard Graham was 7th Rob Nicholls 9th and Richard Rollason 10th.
Marcus Walker, honorary St John’s, broke away on lap two of the EFG race. He was joined by a second rider who he beat in the final sprint.
Seven St John’s cyclists took part in the Little Mountain time trial organised by Beacon Road Cycling Club.
Mark Corbett posted the best Worcester St John’s time with 1:40:04 and came 4th in the vets. Ed Dursley put in a time of 1:53:59, Dylan Perkins put in an excellent performance for a 16 year old.
New member Richard Allcock did a credible 1:54:41 on a road bike, Adrian Murray improved on last year’s time with 1:56:18 Justin Barnett did 2:07:59 and Dave Walker struggled up the hills to post 2:04:32.