NOW that spring seems to have come at last, Balsall Common’s Matt Clinton – riding for Mike Vaughan Cycles – is back to winning ways.
Though not the fastest rider on paper at the Stratford CC 10mile TT on Saturday morning, Clinton did a fine showing to take the win in his first “10” of the year. A bright morning but with a headwind out to the turn, it suited Matt who’s previously claimed that a 10 isn’t his forte due to the pacing needed.
Crossing the line in 20min 12s (29.7mph), Clinton finished 10s ahead of Jon Simpkins, with Scott Povey clocking 20:37, both of whom are targeting next weekend’s National 10-mile Championships.
After a two-hour post-race training ride, Clinton was up again on Sunday morning for the Chippenham & County Hardriders – a 23.2 mile hilly course near Stow on the Wold. Getting lost on the way to the start, Clinton only just got to the line and proceeded to hit a blistering pace.
Slowed by a tough climb, the undulating course was one which sapped energy, with the final five miles of the 11-mile circuit on a long climb into a headwind.
After the first lap, Clinton was almost a minute up and maintained a strong pace in the final lap. He crossed the line in 56min 38s, 1min 49s adrift of the course record but two minutes clear of Ben Anstie and Paul Jones, both clocking 58min 39s.
Next weekend now sees Clinton compete in his first road race of the year – the West Midlands Regional Championships.