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Matt lives up to billing as time trial favourite

PRE-race favourite Matt Clinton from Balsall Common romped home in first place in the Rugby RRC 10-mile time trial held at Dunchurch on Saturday.

PRE-race favourite Matt Clinton from Balsall Common romped home in first place in the Rugby RRC 10-mile time trial held at Dunchurch on Saturday.

But despite averaging 30mph for the duration of the course, Clinton confessed he was disappointed with his time.

Racing in the colours of Mike Vaughan Cycles, Clinton had lined up rider 90 and an incredibly quick start saw him clock 9:23 for the first five miles down the A45 – that’s 32mph.

From there the riders had to take in Knightlow Hill, a tough surprise that stung the legs and brought averages down and despite a slight tailwind, it would be a tough slog to the Thurlaston turn and the finish.

Coming over the line in 19:57s (30mph), Clinton was the only rider under 20-minutes and though an Open event personal best, he was disappointed it wasn’t quicker than his unofficial PB of 19:52, and still some way off the course record of 19:30.

Team mate James Webb, riding his first open event, lopped 20 seconds off his PB to finish in 22:56, placing him 31st of the 120 riders.

 

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