Published: 12:00, 15 May 2021
| Updated: 19:36, 17 May 2021
Kate Savage achieved a course personal best time to take the ladies victory in round four of Wigmore CC’s Iwade TT.
Savage clocked a ladies best time of 26.52 mins while Wigmore Keith Walker clinched another win after seeing off the challenge from long-time club arch-rival Antony Bee and rider of the night Finn Dunton.
Finally, weather conditions for round four of the Wigmore Evening 10-mile time trial series were more favourable for fast cycling, with a nine mph south westerly wind and an air temperature of 15 degrees.
Twenty riders took to the start for five two-mile laps of the Iwade course.
Walker had won the previous round two weeks before - last week’s even was called off because of the weather.
Walker and Sittingbourne-based Bee have notched up 10 outright victories each over the last four seasons of the Wigmore TT series. The previous evening Bee won the Gravesend 10-mile time trial on the isle of Grain, beating Walker by 10 seconds.
After a typically aggressive display from Walker, he was victorious again with a winning time of 23:21, reversing his previous evenings time deficit to beat Bee by eleven seconds.
However, ride of the evening belonged to Dunton, former Wigmore rider and now riding for Elite Cycling Team. He rode to an impressive second place using just a standard road bike with a very quick 23.26, only five seconds behind the winner Walker.
Ladies winner Savage (Wigmore CC) finished 12th overall. Frankie Finch was again the fastest junior rider shaving off a massive one minute and 40 seconds off his previous best for the Iwade course, with 28.26.
Phil Appleby finished a strong fourth overall with 23:42. With two second places in the first two rounds, the fast-improving Appleby now leads the series after three races, and an outright win is now a strong possibility.
Other club riders included Sheppey Velo’s Ryan Cottis, finishing sixth, Rochester CC’s Steve Penny in seventh and a 16th place for Swale Tri’s only competitor, Ryan Ridley.