Tim times it right to win Hilly

PUBLISHED: 10:45 24 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

A FULL field of 140 riders rode the Welwyn Hilly Time Trial promoted by Wheelers on Good Friday. Organisers received more than 190 entries in all for the annual race and used a reserve rider scheme to get as many cyclists riding as they could on a very wi

A FULL field of 140 riders rode the Welwyn Hilly Time Trial promoted by Wheelers on Good Friday.

Organisers received more than 190 entries in all for the annual race and used a reserve rider scheme to get as many cyclists riding as they could on a very windy but thankfully dry and bright day.

In particular, Hitchin-based triathlon club FVS Tri had 31 riders on the start sheet, with others getting a ride as reserves.

This year also saw some modifications to the course due to safety concerns about racing through the middle of Codicote.

As a result, the Welwyn course was shortened to 26 miles with the start on the Whitwell Road just outside the village.

The opening seven miles were into the teeth of a strong and cold north-westerly wind, which drained energy before the first significant climbs.

Once the course turned west onto the A505, this became a fierce crosswind causing difficulty for some of those who had opted for deep section wheels.

However, after the major climb of Great Offley came the fast downwind and slightly downhill section along Lilley Bottom, where riders tried to claw back some of the lost time by engaging their biggest gears and exploiting the conditions to the full before the final three climbs.

This year's event was won by Tim Bayley, of Arctic Premier RT, in a time of 1 hour 05 minutes 50 seconds.

He beat last year's winner, Joel Stewart, into third place, with Daniel Corner second.

Ex-Welwyn Wheeler and now Team Halfords Bikehut professional rider Emma Trott came back from two weeks of illness to be the fastest lady with 1 hr 16 mins 59 secs before heading to Italy.

Nine riders from host club Welwyn Wheelers rode the course, with another three sidelined through injury or illness.

Fastest Wheeler on the day was Adrian Trott in a time of 1 hr 15 mins 56 secs.

A puncture put paid to Graeme Anderson's ambitions of retaining his title as fastest club member for another year.

Other notable rides came from David Scott, who opted to ride a traditional road bike rather than a specialist time trial machine and clocked 1 hr 17 mins 23 secs, and Ed Checkley with 1:18.28.

Howard Ashmore justified his inclusion as a reserve rider by beating the one-and-a-half hour mark on his first attempt of the course under race conditions.

He was just two seconds inside 90 minutes.

Race Results: 1 Tim Bayley (Arctic Premier RT) 1:05.50; 2 Daniel Corner (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) 1:06.14; 3 Joel Stewart (www.agiskoviner.com) 1:06.23; 4 Gavin Pardoe (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) 1:06.34; 5 Luke Clarke (Verulam CC) 1:06.37.

Fastest lady: Emma Trott (Team Halfords Bikehut) 1:16.59.

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