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British Time Trial Championships 2018

"With the Dauphine win in his legs it was apparent from early in the day that the Welshman was going to win."


No Steve Cummings at the British Time Trial Championships 2018, saving it for the road race or just no form? – it looked like a shoot-out then between Dauphine winner, Geraint Thomas and chrono specialist Alex Dowsett (Katusha).

The sun was out, our spot on the hill was perfect, the marshal was sound with not a trace of Janitordom and Dave’s cheese and ham pieces were of exceptional quality.

And Britain’s best bike riders were set to scoot past us.

Not much more a man can want in life.

But first, a trip to the start.

British Time Trial Championships 2018
Hannah Barnes. Photo©Ed Hood

We missed the ladies race but did catch winner, Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM) taking the last corner – but what is that team strip about?

British Time Trial Championships 2018
One Pro Cycling’s Bus. Photo©Ed Hood

The OnePro team bus, ‘did a GreenEdge in Corsica, 2013’ and almost wedged itself under the start/finish gantry – but there were men on hand with ladders to sort it out…

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Team Wiggins have top level materials. Photo©Ed Hood

The Wiggins team have the best of kit, the ‘full bifta’ Pinarello Bolides – but we hear that the cable routing is the stuff of premature ageing for mechanics.

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Emergency alterations don’t assist with rider peace of mind. Photo©Ed Hood

You just think the CTT are big into rules – but the UCI are the Daddies and if your bike don’t fit that jig, you don’t start.

We make the best price on Dura Ace ‘bar end shifters’ 65 quid – less though when you hacksaw the ends off them.

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Neah Evans (right) on the podium. Photo©Ed Hood

Neah Evans produced a strong ride for bronze behind those Barnes Girls.

But it was time for us to ‘head’ – we didn’t want trapped at the start/finish by the road closure.

The u23 riders were first out for two laps of the testing but not too technical circuit.