Commonwealth Games silver medallist and local fast man John Archibald (Ribble RT) broke the Scottish ten mile record in Irvine on Sunday with a blistering time of 18 minutes 18 seconds. Archibald also beat current British record holder, Giro d'Italia finisher, and all round time trial superstar Marcin Bialoblocki (Team Nopinz) into second place. Four other records tumbled in the weekend's CTT National 10 Mile Time Trial Championship which was held on the local Fullarton Wheelers' course. Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds Cycle Club) broke the womens' record with a fantastic 20 minutes, 26 seconds. Joshua Sandman (Team Backstedt Bike Performance) broke the boys' record in 19 minutes 26 seconds, and Elynor Backstedt broke the girls' record in another remarkable time of 21 minutes 11 seconds. The popular Irvine By-Pass time trial course once more lived up to its reputation as one of the fastest in Scotland, and it is the first time the CTT Championships have been held north of the border. This was due in large part to the organising efforts of FWCC committee member Dave Walker and an army of local cycling volunteers. It is not often we see riders in Ayrshire from clubs like the Hillingdon Slipstreamers (London), Primera-Teamjobs (Bournemouth), the Bristol Development Squad, or Cardiff Ajax Cycle Club, but over 230 riders came to Irvine from all over Great Britain. One racer even came all the way from the Channel Islands. Local FWCC competitors did us all proud though, particularly Natalie Hunter, Aileen Clyde and Catherine Logan who all posted good times in the most competitive field the country can muster. Likewise, veteran speedster Gordon Graham - who has ridden this course ever since the Irvine Bypass opened in 1976 - was the fastest Fullarton Wheeler and flew through the finish on his trademark fixed wheel machine in 21:59, enough for 57th place. FWCC is proud to have Graeme Obree as its Honorary President and the two times hour record holder presented the medals to the new champions, several of whom had beaten Obree's own national and course record-winning times set in the 1990's. Graeme remarked that "it was good to see the amateur spirit of time trialling alive and well". Organiser Dave Walker was also keen to acknowledge the full support of North Ayrshire Council, and Transerv, who manage the A78 and who resurfaced part of it in time for the event. An exciting weekend of racing where the speeds of some of the competitors over ten miles had to be seen to be believed.

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