Due to one of the curious rules governing the CTT (Cycling Time Trials) in the UK riders need to have posted a fast time in a CTT event during the last three years to be allowed into a seeded event.
World TT champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins, did not qualify and local lady vet, Denese Hallahan, ended up riding near Hull in the same event as the world champion on Saturday on one of the fastest courses in the country.
The high winds on the day prevented Wiggins from taking the national 10 mile record of 17.20 held by Alex Dowsett, but he still posted 17.58 which shows that even world champions are at the mercy of the weather.
Denese posted 28.35 which was still a pretty good effort and being second rider off she caught and overtook the rider in front. This made her ‘No 1’ on the road for a short while, riding against Wiggins and being photographed relentlessly as she rounded the course.
The wind took its toll in the Wisbech Tuesday evening series where most riders were a couple of minutes shy of their best. Andy Bean turned up on his road bike but even without his TT machine was able to take first from Andrew Ward. Joint third were Doug McClure and Mike MacInerney.
Results, May 12, 10 miles: Ladies (both 50+ vets) – L Campion 30.12, D Hallahan 34.31. Juniors – S Parrin 25.41, H Buttriss 28.10 W Day 29.52. Men – A Bean 23.51, A Ward 24.43, M MacInerney 24.50, D McClure 24.50, A Jenkins 26.37, I Luck 27.36, G Horspool 28.40. Vets (50+) – J Brown 28.08, A Bye 28.17, M Bean 31.50.