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British Time Trial Championships 2018

"With the Dauphine win in his legs it was apparent from early in the day that the Welshman was going to win."

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No Steve Cummings at the British Time Trial Championships 2018, saving it for the road race or just no form? – it looked like a shoot-out then between Dauphine winner, Geraint Thomas and chrono specialist Alex Dowsett (Katusha).

The sun was out, our spot on the hill was perfect, the marshal was sound with not a trace of Janitordom and Dave’s cheese and ham pieces were of exceptional quality.

And Britain’s best bike riders were set to scoot past us.

Not much more a man can want in life.

But first, a trip to the start.

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Hannah Barnes. Photo©Ed Hood

We missed the ladies race but did catch winner, Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM) taking the last corner – but what is that team strip about?

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One Pro Cycling’s Bus. Photo©Ed Hood

The OnePro team bus, ‘did a GreenEdge in Corsica, 2013’ and almost wedged itself under the start/finish gantry – but there were men on hand with ladders to sort it out…

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Team Wiggins have top level materials. Photo©Ed Hood

The Wiggins team have the best of kit, the ‘full bifta’ Pinarello Bolides – but we hear that the cable routing is the stuff of premature ageing for mechanics.

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Emergency alterations don’t assist with rider peace of mind. Photo©Ed Hood

You just think the CTT are big into rules – but the UCI are the Daddies and if your bike don’t fit that jig, you don’t start.

We make the best price on Dura Ace ‘bar end shifters’ 65 quid – less though when you hacksaw the ends off them.

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Neah Evans (right) on the podium. Photo©Ed Hood

Neah Evans produced a strong ride for bronze behind those Barnes Girls.

But it was time for us to ‘head’ – we didn’t want trapped at the start/finish by the road closure.

The u23 riders were first out for two laps of the testing but not too technical circuit.

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Adam Wild. Photo©Martin Williamson

The man we turn to for information on riders, Harry Tweed, tells us that Adam Wild (GS Metro) is studying at Edinburgh Uni.

We noticed from a Cycling Weekly report that he won a North East ‘10’ with a ‘19’ but a local worthy told us he’s produced an ‘18’ on his local roads.

An ‘18’ or not, 26th was his final place.

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Fraser Martin. Photo©Martin Williamson

Scottish ex-Raleigh man, Fraser Martin is with Saint Piran, this year – the team’s website tells us:

“Saint Piran is Cornwall’s first elite cycling team. Our commitment is twofold: to give talented riders the opportunity to perform on the national stage and, by 2023, to compete as an accredited Continental Professional Squad in the world’s biggest races.”

Interesting – and 24th spot for Fraser on the day.

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Finn Crockett. Photo©Ed Hood

Former Scottish junior 10 mile champion and ex-Spokes man, Finn Crockett is with Wheelbase Castelli for 2018; he was rewarded for his efforts with 16th place.

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Fred Wright. Photo©Martin Williamson

Fred Wright may look the part as a ‘tester’ – he was 12th best – but he’s actually a talented track rider and has been European junior team pursuit champion.

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Joe Nally. Photo©Martin Williamson

More Scottish talent, 2017 British points race champion, Joe Nally is with 100% ME for this year and track man or nae, has to ride the TT champs; 22nd place said the watches.

They don’t lie but I’ll bet the Columbians have a way to fiddle them…

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Alex McRae. Photo©Ed Hood

Dooleys’ Alex Macrae was off the tri-bars for the climb and didn’t look to be enjoying the heat – the u23’s rode during the hottest part of the day.

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Andy Brown. Photo©Martin Williamson

Scot, Andy Brown is with Dan Fleeman’s former club, Metaltek Kuota for 2018; 33rd spot today.