73 Degrees Bikes, WestSide Coaching Hardrider 2017

73 Degrees Bikes, WestSide Coaching Hardrider 2017

On Sunday we ran the Hardest Hardrider Time Trial in the West. A challenging 30 mile course over the Mendips. Tavis Walker took the win for the Men and Kate Mactear took a narrow win for the ladies. Here is a race report from the CTT:

Tavis Walker (DRK Racing) and Kate Mactear (Univ of Bristol CC) were the fastest male and female riders in the our 30-mile time trial in Somerset on Sunday.

Walker covered the U28 course based on Blagdon in 1-06-21 to take the win by more than three minutes from rival Matt Griffin (Cycology Bikes), while just two seconds further back was Ben Skinner (Bath CC) in third.

And of the women who rode, Kate Mactear took a narrow win, clocking 1-23-29 to win by 23 seconds from Joanne Jago (Performance Cycles), with Phoebe Davis (Velo Vitesse) third, another 2-17 off the pace.

The course starts just south of Burrington in Somerset, and heads south east towards the Mendips on the B3134 before turning back north to West Harptree, then back west along the A368 to Blagdon and a finish just to the south.

Walker has been in good form so far this season. He teamed up with three colleagues from DRK Racing to win the Performance Cycles Four-Up 23.5-mile TT in April, and took a two-up win in the Severn RC 25 alongside team-mate James Coleman in February.

But this was his first open solo win of the season, having placed third in the Cheltenham and County CC 22 last month, and second in both the Chippenham and District Wheelers 10 and Gloucester City CC 25.

It was also a first solo win for Kate Mactear, although she has been on the women’s podium three times already this season, taking second in the University of Bristol CC 10 in March and third in the North Devon Wheelers 25 and Severn RC 25 in May and February respectively.

Full results can be found here: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/15194