Cycling: Jenkins and men’s team hit the front on Romney Marsh

Cycling: Jenkins and men's team hit the front on Romney Marsh

THE Southborough & District Wheelers riders were in record-breaking form in the Kent Cycling Association 50-mile time trial held on Romney Marsh.

Competing against a field of 72 riders and taking advantage of ideal race conditions, Pip Jenkins won the ladies’ competition and set a course record with her time of 2hr 10min 22sec – which was also a personal best [PB].

Rob Stephenson recorded a PB of 1hr 51min 30sec, and he was closely followed by Matt Kuwertz (1:53.17) Neil Couchman (1:55.41), with Doug Bentall finishing in 2:10.22.

The times posted by Stephenson, Kuwertz and Couchman were all records for the Wheelers men’s team at the 50-mile distance.

They beat the previous record, which had stood since 1982, by more than 21 minutes and their form saw them scoop the fastest club team award.

The event was won by Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaler) in 1:41.37, which also set a course record.

In the club’s criterium championship, held in the category 2/3/4 race at Cyclopark in Gravesend, Przemek Jersz, Rory Barrett and Keith Henderson had an eventful and competitive race.

A seven-rider break eventually came down to a fiercely fought bunch sprint and a tight finish saw Barrett take third place overall, finishing 0.09sec ahead of fourth-placed Henderson to win the club championship.

Hayden Tucker finished a credible 12th place in the category 4 race, while Jenkins came fifth in the ladies’ race.

PICTURE: OVER THE LINE: Rory Barrett (right) pips Keith Henderson to a podium place by 0.09sec

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