A BRILLIANT ride by Balsall Common’s Matt Clinton, pictured, saw him finish in third, behind the cream of British cycling in the national time trial championships.
After taking his win at the Coventry CC 25-mile event a few weeks ago, Clinton, riding for Mike Vaughan Cycles, knew he had good form and was looking to equal, if not better, last year’s sixth place.
Starting late in the day on the Nottingham course, the Elite Mens event over 34 miles would climb the difficult Harby hill twice.
One of the last riders off, Clinton started quickly taking the first 10 miles at nearly 30mph average before turning into the long head-wind stretch along the bottom of the circuit. Pacing the hill well, Clinton powered away catching both his two-minute and three-minute men on the second lap.
Spurred on by the outside chance for a medal, Clinton pushed on to the finish, clocking 1:16.55, the fastest on the board by a minute.
As the rest came in, to his surprise and delight he discovered he had in fact placed third – his first National medal outside of hill-climbing.
The title was successfully defended by Team Sky’s Alex Dowsett, (1:11:55) a full time professional, while second placed rider was full-time continental rider Doug Dewey (1:14:22) who had come back to the UK to ride the event.
Matt finished as first amateur, with fourth place again being taken by a professional rider, Rob Partridge of Endura Racing (1:17:55).