ATROCIOUS weather conditions didn’t stop Andy Wilkinson from breaking the event record at the Shirley Challenge Trophy last Sunday.
Shirley Roads Club’s 50 mile time trial on the K33/50 course saw the Port Sunlight Wheelers rider finish in 1hr-47mins-02secs from scratch.
Other riders from scratch, Matthew Purshouse of Warwickshire Road Club came in second on 1-51-39 and Rob Weare of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club came in third on 1-54-44.
The fastest handicap cyclists were Paul Jones, from Bristol South Cycling Club, in 1-32-14, Jacqueline Hobson from Warwickshire RC in 1-34-57 and Gary Mackintosh from Beacon Roads Cycling Club on 1-35-18.
The fastest veteran was Tony Taylor from the M1 Racing Team Jewson Thule on standard plus 41 minutes 09 seconds.
Nicky Xandora from Banbury Star Cycling Club was the fastest lady in 2-12-25.
Wyre Forest trio of Andy Convery, Patrick Connelly and Adrian Manning were the fastest team in 6-18-34.
Shirley RC have two riders competing this year, often with just one rider in an event.
Three of the club’s veteran riders have suffered health problems and have not competed this year.
Meanwhile, Red Kite Cycles in Solihull is supporting Team Green Britain Bike Week (18-26 June), the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, and is aiming to encourage more women to get out on their bikes.
Red Kite Cycles women’s cycling group, Belles on Bikes, is organising special Bike Week rides just for women on Tuesday June 21.
The rides will leave the shop on Union Road, Shirley at 6:30pm and return by 8pm. Anyone who would like a free bike check from a member of staff before the ride should arrive at the shop by 6pm.
Sarah Adams of Red Kite Cycles, said: “Our rides will be suitable for all abilities and levels of experience and will be led by British Cycling qualified ride leaders.
“Hopping on a bike not only helps you get fit, since there is no fuel to buy, it can help you save money too – all powerful reasons to get involved.”