WITHAM Wheelers fast man Jim Coleman put in an outstanding performance under adverse conditions in the National 10-mile Time Trial Championships at Crathorne, North Yorkshire.
Riders were battered by a block headwind on the outward leg of the A19-based course but Jim still managed to record an impressive 21min 35sec for 22nd place – a big improvement on last year’s 97th – and had he just gone a couple of seconds faster, Jim would have finished in the top 15.
One of the 21 riders in front of Jim was the race winner and multi-Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling) who clocked an astounding 19.14 in the far from perfect conditions.
l Seemingly relatively unaffected by his previous evening’s efforts in the National 10, Jim Coleman took the LRRA 10-mile title the following morning with a 20.38 ride, beating his former Cherry Valley RT team-mate Ian Dalton by 12 seconds on the windy Skegness-Louth course.
Also riding were Wheelers clubmates Neil Sentance, who recorded 23.23, Martin Hedley (24.53) and Kim Paxton (26.10).