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Clayton digs deep at national championships
10:13am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER Rovers' Jim Clayton produced an impressive performance in the National 12-hour Time Trial Championships, held near Cambridge.
The event is not for the faint hearted and sees riders race against the clock to see who can cover the most distance in a certain time.
Clayton reached the 12-hour mark after completing a staggering 249.1 miles and claimed 24th place at the competition, which saw more than 50 riders from across the country compete.
It was a huge step up for last year’s Colchester Rovers handicap champion, who had not ridden a time trial over 50 miles until completing his first 100-mile competition, earlier this summer.
Clayton said: “I’m delighted with how it went.
“Physically, I feel really good apart from very painful feet and bruised forearms.
“There was such great camaraderie between riders and support from spectators, officials and helpers.
“Being cheered on by time trialling legend, record breaker and multiple national champion Andy Wilkinson was a highlight – he was providing support for his wife Jill who won the women’s event with 260 miles.
“The only downside to the day is that I couldn’t have shared it with my club-mate Debra Peck.
“She was supposed to ride in the women’s competition but had a fall during a charity ride in Belgium last week and broke her wrist.
“I hope she recovers soon and is fit to do it next year.”
Clayton’s performance elevated him to 42nd place on the British Best All Rounder list with an average speed of 22.528 miles per hour over 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours.
He was also confirmed as winner of Rovers’ best club all rounder prize, after completing the event.
Defending champion Nik Bowdler retained his title with a fine distance of 293.2 miles but was pushed by challenger Steve Berry, who was runner-up with only 0.5 miles fewer.
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