Cyclists representing the University of Sheffield took victory over Hallam in Wednesday’s time trials. Uni’s combined time, made up of the four fastest men and fastest woman, was 164 minutes, 27 seconds, with Hallam trailing with 193 minutes, 26 seconds. The 20 km route began close to Miller’s Dale at 2:45 p.m., with the athletes following a winding route to the finish line between Hassop and Calver. The event was made all the more difficult by tough weather conditions, with heavy rain leaving the roads and competitors soaked.
Riders on both sides were feeling confident before the race, but Hallam road captain Stanley Nutter noted that Uni’s victory in the cross country race was on his mind. Sophie Hewitson, The Uni women’s captain had also taken the victory to heart commenting that she was ‘confident we’ll win overall for cycling’. The fastest individual time was set by the University of Sheffield’s Kieran Savage, the last rider to set off, who crossed the finish line after 31 minutes and 22 seconds, and the fastest women’s time was set by Uni’s Lizzie Banks, who finished with a time of 35 minutes, 16 seconds. Following the race, Savage, who will also be competing in the Hill Climb event, said the complaints about the weather had given him more confidence, and added he hoped the next events would ‘bring more team medals’.
The Time Trials event was the third cycling event to be held thus far, following the Crosscountry, which went to Uni of, and the Downhill, which went to Hallam.