Jason Bouttell comes out on top at Stowmarket & District CC time trial after setting course record
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Jason Bouttell came out on top in an interesting encounter between the local stars of time trialling and those whose main emphasis is in other cycling disciplines.
This was in the Stowmarket & District CC 10 on the Rougham-Woolpit road.
Bouttell (VeloVelocity) who is mainly a mountain biker, set a new course record of 18:55, coming home 35 seconds up on Lloyd Chapman (Catford/Banks) – who had been road racing in Shrewsbury town centre only the previous evening.
Chapman overhauled the fastest of the specialist time trialists – David McGaw (Cambridge CC) - after McGaw had a three-second advantage at the turn. At the finish, however, Chapman, despite riding a softening front tyre, finished in 19:30 to McGaw's 19:36, with prolific TT winner Matthew Senter (VeloVelocity) fourth on 19:40 and all-rounder Ollie Jones (Team OnForm) the last rider inside 20 minutes, on 19:54.
Rain cleared well before the start leaving a humid atmosphere and a light wind that helped competitors when they most needed it – on the return leg.
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Power was the winner in a big bunch sprint in the fourth round of the Lotus races. He was very closely followed over the line by Dale Johnston, Dougal Toms, Darren Rutterford...and over 40 others. Jude Garrod and Jack Bracey headed the fourth-cats race.
Top times from local riders in the Eastern Counties CA 25 near Newmarket included 52:25 from Charlie Nurse (North Norfolk Whs) and 54:05 from Great Yarmouth CC's Andy Tyler.