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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."

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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.

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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?

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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.