Haverhill is to stage Blue Riband
Thursday, 24th May 2001.
The date is set and the route has been finalised. Now Cambridge (Town and County) Cycling Club are waiting for entries to flood in for the highlight of their centenary year -- the RTTC's 25-mile Championship.
The Blue Riband event of the time trial calendar, the three Road Time Trial Council's 25-mile events, will be staged on a course between Sawston and Haverhill on June 30 and is expected to attract some of the sport's major names. Unfortunately, the Cambridge club are not sure who will turn up.
"The entries always tend to come in late," said event organiser Bill Clough, "but we are expecting Stuart Dangerfield, who is the defending champion and just missed out on a place in the Olympics last year. Michael Hutchinson could also race as the 25 is his main target this year.
"The men's event should have the maximum field of 120, but for the first time the RTTC have decided to hold the men's, women's and juniors trial together in order to try to raise the profile of time trial racing and encourage a large field for juniors and women."
Another reason for that may be the nature of the route.
Clough said: "The RTTC are always looking for more sporting courses, rather than what they would call 'drag strips', such as the A1, where a passing lorry can give you a tow. This course will have more evenly-matched conditions."
RTTC Road Time Trial 25-mile Championships (men's, women's, juniors).
Between Sawston and Haverhill. Headquarters: Sawston Village College.
Start on the Sawston by-pass (A1301) and proceed to the roundabout at northern end of bypass. Turn left on to A505 and proceed to join A11. Turn at Four Wentways roundabout to join A1307 and proceed through Linton to turn at the roundabout just before Sainsbury's roundabout and retrace to finish, just before Sawston bypass northern end roundabout on A505.
Time trial competitors start at one minute intervals. Women start 8.01am, last rider expected off 10.00am; Juniors starts 10.01am, last rider noon; men start 2.00pm, last rider 4.00pm. Faster riders expected to take around 50 minutes.
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