Both city clubs are in the team title mix

The race to be crowned Northants & District CA Time Trial Series team champions is going down to the wire.

Thursday, 20th September 2018, 1:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th September 2018, 2:53 pm
Kevin Hobbs (left) and Paul Pardoe.

There’s just one round to go - at Sawtry on Saturday September 29 - and Peterborough CC, QN Coaching, St Neots CC and Fenland Clarion are all in with a shout.

In Saturday’s penultimate round at Brogborough, reigning champions Peterborough CC finished as second team.

They were led home by current Northants &DCA individual champion Paul Pardoe, who rode a swift 21:21 for third place. Next came Kevin Hobbs in sixth place with 22:27 followed by James Boardley in 23:04, Phil Jones in 25:04 and Dave Yarham in 25:34.

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Thomas Stegeman at Milton Keynes.

For Fenland Clarion, Simon Pitchford finished in seventh place with 22:36 with Ian Waddilove close behind in 23:04 and youth rider James Piercy clocking 28:25.

Still on the time trial scene, and Fenland Clarion riders contested their 25-mile event for the Cullip Cup on the Connington-based circuit.

It was the penultimate round in their club championship series, so it was no surprise to see Pitchford secure another victory with a rapid 58:11 despite the blustery conditions to retain his lead in the series.

Second place went to Darren Kelly with 1:00:50 and Malc Jacklin completed the top three with 1:02:04. Lindsay Clarke rode 1:07:32 and youth rider Tom Thorpe rode his first time trial with a very solid debut time of 1:11:11.

Other times: Lynden Leadbeater 1:02:26, Steve Clarke 1:05:29, Chris Shaw 1:05:32, Phil Jones 1:06:07, Phil Merritt 1:06:44, Neil Richardson 1:08:28 and Jim Fell 1:16:52.

Fenland Clarion youngster Thomas Stegeman started the new cyclo-cross season with a step up to the junior age group in the Central League fixture based around the Milton Keynes Bowl. And following a solid summer’s training he came away very satisfied with third place to confirm he has enough fitness and ability to flourish in his new agegroup.