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Results and Reports for May 11-17, 2002
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RTTC-Rudy Project Time Trial Series - Round 2
May 11, 2002
Its one all after the second round of the RTTC-Rudy Project Time Trial Series, held at Holt, Dorset, on Saturday, May 11, 2002.
After Stuart Dangerfield (Camel Valley C&TC-Business Solutions) won the opening leg in Windermere, Cumbria, in April, it was the turn of Michael Hutchinson (Team MDT-Giant) to take the honours this time out.
In a closely fought contest over the 27.3 mile course Hutchinson ran out the winner with a time of 59.02 to Dangerfield's 59.04.
Dangerfield led for two-thirds of the distance, holding a 21 second advantage at 9.1 miles and 11 seconds at 18.2 miles.
With three miles remaining Dangerfield's lead had changed to a five second deficit on Hutchinson. Despite a big effort over the last climb Dangerfield was two seconds adrift of first place.
With Dangerfield suffering from a cold and Hutchinson recovering from a hard ride 48 hours earlier when he had to travel to Northern Ireland for a Commonwealth Games selection event,which he won, neither rider was very confident before the start.
"Its the first time I have ever beaten Stuart in a national level time trial," a pleased Hutchinson said.
Dangerfield accepted his second place with grace, not expecting his defeat to affect his own Commonwealth Games selection chances.
1 Michael Hutchinson (Team MDT-Giant) 59.02 2 Stuart Dangerfield (Camel Valley C&TC) 0.02 3 Martin Sage (Port Talbot Wheelers) 2.01 4 Gavin Pardoe (Stourbridge CC) 2.47 5 Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT) 2.57 6 Greg Sandy (www.bikeshop.uk.com) 3.12 Women 1 Francis Newstead (GS Strada-Rudy Project) 1.08.53 Espoirs 1 Ben Morrow (East Antrim CC) 1.02.08 Veterans 1 Geoff Platts (Team Clean) 1.02.48 Juniors - 18.2 miles 1 Carl Dyson (Team Clean) 43.03