Carr rewrites record books

ZAC CARR, the national championship silver medalist at 25 and 100 miles this summer, made the most of the good end-of-season conditions to rewrite the record book in Rockingham Forest Wheelers' circuit time trial at Middleton.

The Team Clean rider banked maximum points in the district round of the Rudy Project national series with his time of 27.32 – carving 61 seconds from Matt Bottrill's year-old record for the 12.8-mile circuit which takes in Ashley, Weston-by-Welland, Sutton Bassett, Dingley and finishes at East Carlton.

Michael Broadwith ( secured second place in 29.14 ahead of Alex Fitzgerald (Bikin Motion), 30.30, with Welland Valley CC junior Alex Wise an excellent fourth in 30.56.

Fifth-placed Chris Storer (Ashfield RC), 31.01, was the fastest veteran, and he was followed home by Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci Ltd) whose 31.28 is a new women's course record.

Greg Ashley (Team Lutterworth Cycle Centre) finished tenth in 32.34 with Rockingham Forest's Steve Maxey (33.30) 12th and Tony Page (34.01) 13th as well as being the fastest veteran on age standard with a plus of 5.35.

Other local club times: Graham Bickle (RFW) 37.34, Michael Church (45 Road Club) 38.24, Tom Bailey (Kettering CC) 38.42, Richard Banks (RFW) 40.40.

Wellingborough's Sam Barker (API Metrow) finished fourth in a super-fast Rockingham CC '10' at Ranby, in north Nottinghamshire.

Barker clocked 19.34 as eight riders posted 30mph performances – headed by ex-international roadman Wayne Randle (Planet X) in a personal best 18.58.

There were bests for Kettering CC's Robert Barker (21.39) and Matt Plews (22.24) of Welland Valley CC while Oundle Velo veteran Jim Jones (21.57) notched a season's best for second place in the over-60 category.

Kettering CC's Cliff Tremaine topped the veterans list in the Cambridge CC '25'at Stetchworth – beating his age standard by 15.58 to edge out Ken Platts (Coalville Wh) by just two seconds.

The Northampton & District CA mark their 70th anniversary by hosting the final round of the Rudy Project national time trial series at Middleton on Saturday (1pm).

A total of 85 riders will be in action over the ten-mile Valley circuit with the disabled, junior, veteran and women riders covering just under two laps (18.7 miles) and the senior men a lap further (28.7 miles).

Confirmed senior champion Michael Hutchinson (API Metrow) heads the entry with Zak Carr (Team Clean) expected to be his nearest challenger.

Last year's runner-up John Tilley reversed the placings with champion Max Scott to win Kettering CC's tourist trial championship.

Tilley scored 79 points to finish three clear in the challenge which was based on observation tests, general knowledge and bike maintenace over a course finishing at Cranford.

Former winner Andrew Gourlay finished third on 74.

Others: Mark Swainston 73, Pat Houghton 69, Louise Brown 66, Tom Bailey 65, Paul Brown 64, Ruth Swainston 62.

Welland Valley CC's off-road specialist Vic Barnett was leading over-60 in the third round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League, hosted by Solihull CC, at Elmdon.

Barnett finished 12th overall in the 40-plus veterans race, won by Andy Barnard (VC Lincoln).

Entry details for Sunday's Northants Charity Cycle Ride, in aid of the Friends of Cynthia Spencer and Macmillan Cancer Relief, are available from Julia Caunce on 01604 854104 and John Pinkham (01604 602630).

Entry is 10 (under-12s free) and there is a choice of courses over ten, 25 and 50 miles starting (9am) and finishing at Nationwide Building Society, Moulton Park, Northampton.