|Cleveland Coureurs Open '25'|
DEMONSTRATING t h e speed and power which gained him the national 25-mile time trial championship earlier this season, VC Slough's Eddie Adkins won Sunday afternoon's Cleveland Coureurs promotion.
In conditions which were far from easy, a south-westerly wind raking the Al-Catterick-based course in tree-bending gusts, the Slough man recorded a superb 55-57 to lead his club-mates to the team award.
Peace Race rider Mark Robinson of Beeston, normally more at home in big bunches, finished 1-46 behind the national title holder to claim second place.
A really outstanding 58-7 performance by Cleveland Coureur Rob Robinson gave him a well-deserved third place, which formed the basis of an aggregate which put the Coureurs team time almost within two minutes of the Slough club's 2-53-59.
The promoting club's other team counters found their way into seventh and eighth places. Cliff Davison recording 58-57, five seconds faster than clubmate Alan Topp.
Local men filled half of the leading ten places. Stockton Wheeler junior Paul Curran (59-4) was ninth one second ahead of second ahead of team-mate Ian Murray.
Placed among the special prizes, which the promoting club had substituted for the normal handicap awards, was Coureur Tom Yendall, who took the category for a rider who has not previously beaten 60-minutes with his 1-1-41 performance.
1. Eddie Adkins (VC Slough) 55-57
2. Mark Robinson (Beeston) 57-43
3. Rob Robinson (Cleveland Coureurs) 58-07
7. Cliff Davison (Cleveland Coureurs) 58-57
8. Alan Topp (Cleveland Coureurs) 59-02
9. Paul Curran (Stockton Wh) 59-04
10. Ian Murray (Stockton Wh) 59-05