A last-minute decision to travel to Humberside paid spectacular dividends for George Fox as he broke 45 Road Club’s 20-year-old club record in the City RC (Hull) 10-mile time trial.
The 18-year-old first-season senior, from Stanwick, was only seventh reserve for the over-subscribed 150-rider event on the popular Newport course, outside Hull, but received a telephone call the night before to tell him enough people had withdrawn to guarantee him a ride.
And despite the early start and an initial temperature not much above freezing, the outcome was a personal best by 1 min 41 sec as he stopped the clock at 20.03, removing 15 seconds from the Wellingborough-based club’s record which had stood to Richard Cosford since 1992.
It was a great morning as well for Tony Brown who, also among the reserves, finished with a new Kettering CC club record – by nine seconds – of 20.30 and a personal best by 1.20 while Dave Lazenby (Baines Racing Silverstone) improved by four seconds with a time of 20.17.
“It was cold and I hadn’t ridden much that week so I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest,” said Fox, who has been working with multi-British champion Ian Cammish through the winter.
“When I got to the turn and realised I had averaged over 30mph I knew I was on for a good ride and I could see the finish with my watch still on 19 minutes, so I just buried it to the line.
“I was shocked at my time to start with as I really wasn’t expecting to go that well.
“I’m really pleased that a hard winter’s training has paid off, and working with Ian has been an incredible experience. I have learnt so much to put me in the position I am in now.”
Lazenby added: “It was a really strange day as it did not look or feel as if conditions were fast before the start. Warming up was very difficult – my hands and knees were blue with the cold.”
Tom Kruger (45 RC) clocked 21.10 and James Singlehurst (Rockingham Forest Wheelers) 21.36 in the event won by Jeff Jones (Drag2zero.com) whose 18.09 put him 38 seconds clear of his closest rival.
It was back to normality for Lazenby a day later as he clocked 21.23 for 14th place in Oxford City RC’s ‘10’ on the Witney bypass, won by Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) in 19.39.
Brown went on to finish sixth in the Central District LCA ‘10’ on the Six Hills course at Thrussington, near Leicester, in 22.37.
Michael Church (45 RC) clocked 27.55 in his first event for a year, Tom Bailey (Kettering CC) dipped back inside 30 minutes with 29.34, and Matt Plews (WVCC) recorded 23.13 with victory going to Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycles RT), 20.53.