Both city clubs are in the team title mix

Kevin Hobbs (left) and Paul Pardoe.
Kevin Hobbs (left) and Paul Pardoe.
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The race to be crowned Northants & District CA Time Trial Series team champions is going down to the wire.

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.

Thomas Stegeman at Milton Keynes.

Thomas Stegeman at Milton Keynes.

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.

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.