ANDREW “Hamper” MacLeod had another excellent win in Caithness Cycling Club’s weekly 10-mile time trial to clock 23 min 10 sec – his best time on the course.
Allan Sutherland again beat the 25 mph barrier for second place and regular visitor Mark Munro scored a personal best for third fastest.
Conditions were very warm and still after a heavy rainstorm but fast times on this course, which is predominantly uphill on the outward leg, require a north-west breeze to help on the rises.
As a result, only “Hamper” managed a season’s best but there were several notable performances.
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer had an excellent debut ride to clock 31.10 and her 15-year-old brother Joe was only two seconds off his personal best with a fine 26.08 for fifth place.
Another first-timer was Graham Williamson, who recorded an encouraging 28.41.
John Amy, in only his second ride, clipped 1 min 43 sec off his time to get well under the 30-minute barrier.
Results – 1 A. MacLeod 23 min 10 sec. 2 A. Sutherland 23.55. 3 M. Munro 24.34. 4 J. Falconer 25.29. 5 J. Spencer 26.08. 6 P. Cartwright 26.53. 7 S. Christie 28.08. 8 G. Morgan 28.19. 9 G. Williamson 28.41. 10 J. Amy 29.06. 11 N. Huyg 29.50. 12 Martine Hughes 31.06. 13 Ellie Spencer 31.10. 14 J. Sinclair 32.16.
MacLeod’s ride gained him six points in the handicap league which he now leads over John Falconer and Joe Spencer. With only two races remaining, these three seem certain to be the medal winners, although the gold/silver/bronze positions could change.
Leading positions – 1 A. MacLeod (45.5 points). 2 J. Falconer (38). 3 J. Spencer (32). 4 A. Sutherland (24). 5 G. Angus (22). 6 C. Clark (21.5).