Bay­ley moves up to fifth

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Tim Bay­ley moved up to fifth in the Bri­tish Best All-Rounder Cham­pi­onship stand­ings fol­low­ing the lat­est qual­i­fier for the over­all ti­tle.

The Hythe man was part of the fastest 50-mile time trial field ever as­sem­bled.

Staged on a rolling course from near Dux­ford in Cam­bridge to New­mar­ket and back, Bay­ley fin­ished in 1hr 49min 29sec, clock­ing an av­er­age speed of 27.4mph.

He said: “I couldn’t have asked for more, this was one of the short­est events I have done in the last two years af­ter fo­cus­ing on the na­tional 24-hour and 12-hour races.

“Al­though tech­ni­cally 50 miles is a long way, the re­al­ity is af­ter fo­cus­ing on ul­tra-en­durance races, it is like ask­ing a marathon run­ner to race the 1,500 me­tres.”

Bay­ley, the present na­tional 24-hour team cham­pion and twice com­pe­ti­tion record holder, de­cided on the step down in dis­tance, as a key to his pur­suit on the all-round ti­tle.

He said: “Con­di­tions were not ideal as light rain and wind greeted us on the ex­posed roads. De­spite the start, which was into a short four-mile head­wind sec­tion, the first 25 miles was fast. I was pass­ing rid­ers from six miles in and my av­er­age speed slowly in­creased to 31mph as I pro­gressed to half­way but when you are rid­ing that fast for that long you know at some stage you have to turn back into the head wind.

“On the re­turn sec­tion back we were all vis­i­bly try­ing hard as the con­di­tions made the rid­ers make squeeze ev­ery ef­fort to main­tain the ad­van­tage.”

“I reached 43 miles in just over one and half hours and knew I was clearly head­ing for a fast time.”

Bay­ley’s next qual­i­fy­ing event is the last 100-mile time trial of the year at Derby in Septem­ber.

Tim Bay­ley moved up to fifth in the Bri­tish Best All-Rounder Cham­pi­onship stand­ings

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