Bury Times 8th September 2017
BURY Clarion rider Jake Wright showed his undoubted potential after claiming the 10-mile national junior time-trial title.
His winning time of 20mins 15secs also earned the 18-year-old former Holy Cross College student 13th place in the seniors event, which was held at the same time on the same course.
He lived up to his pre-race favourite tag after finishing second last year and winning the national junior 25s championship.
Wright’s time was on 1:12 down on senior winner Dan Bigham, a five-time national champion on road and track.
Clarion team-mate Francis Woodcock also rose to the occasion, winning the juvenile title aged 14, beating riders a year older than him.
At the start of the season some of his rivals had posted times two minutes faster and had the advantage of professional skin suits and aerodynamic helmets.
But Woodcock beat them all with a winning time of 23:10, edging out highly-regarded rival Fabien Large by four seconds.
Charlotte Gorman rode the ladies’ 10-mile time-trial championship and posted a personal best of 23:39, but was unable to compete for top honours against the best riders in the country, who all had superior equipment.
But on her “run of the mill” bike earned a creditable 15th place in a field of 40 finishers.
Andy Horner and Jon Longworth competed in the BDCA 100-mile time trial.
Horner finished first and was delighted to be the first Bury Clarion member to better four hours for the distance with a time of 3:56:55, but his record did not last for long as half-an-hour later Longworth posted 3:52:00.
As fastest at 100 miles this year Jon becomes club 100 champion and at this point it looks like shared honours as Andy’s faster 25 and 50 times means he will probably be the club all round time trial champion.