THREE riders broke the hour mark as Stratford Cycling Club staged a 25-mile time trial.
Beating 60 minutes for 25 miles in cycling is like breaking a four-minute mile and every time trialist dreams of such an accolade.
Even more impressive for the trio – Stratford’s Mick Stallard and Keir Lewis plus guest rider Rich Shephard – was that their sub-hour time came on a tough course with a tricky hill.
The route starts at Clifford Chambers and proceeds towards Welford-on-Avon via Rumer Hill but it was made more demanding on a warm night with windy conditions.
Shephard, from Stratford Triathlon Club who won the Ragley Hall Phoenix Triathlon, clocked the fastest time in 58 minutes 54 seconds, while Stallard was first Stratford CC rider home in 59.40. The ever-improving Lewis set another junior record by recording 59.52.
Other Stratford CC results: Peter Ward 61.44; Martin Millington 62.30; Robin Corder 62.58; Adrian Osborn 63.47; Alan Coley-Smith 63.49; Alex Macrae 65.08; Lloyd Walton 65.14; James Fidoe 65.32; Carl M Taylor 65.51; Nigel Jones 67.13; Max Yates 68.29; Keith Walton 69.20; Alison Bagnall 69.39; Chris Huxley 70.20; Brian Weetman 74.00; John Gladstone 75.11; Ashley Mason 78.30; Declan Logue 78.43; Richard Eden 90.49; James Bean DNF.
Second Claim rider: Rosie Armitage (Echelon/Rotor) 62.42.
Other visiting riders: Matthew Lyness 68.40; Phil Groom 73.15; Paul Nash 74.56; Dave Clarkson 75.13; Dan Lynch 77.57; Emil Gudfinnsson 86.04; Leighanne Early 87.59.