The opening event of the 2024 SB Sports Injuries Series saw riders battling a strong cross headwind, making the Dave Fanning Memorial a real grind. The first event of the season for many, riders had to push hard to get to the turn at Hodnet on this simple 10 mile ‘out and back’ course, but enjoyed a fast return to Waters Upton. Won overall by Fibrax-Wrexham’s Jozsef Owen, one of four visiting competitors taking advantage of this early season SCCA promotion saw him take a strong win by 61 seconds in 20 minutes 15 seconds ahead of a 24 rider field. He commented: “The event was very windy indeed, a strong cross-headwind on the outbound section made for a hard start. The rain held out for the most part, and traffic levels were low – which was different to my experience in the same event last year. This was my first time trial event of 2024, and the marshals and organisers did a great job. I was pleased to come away with the win and set a personal benchmark for the season ahead. My thanks go out to all involved ensuring the event went ahead smoothly, but more importantly safely”.

It was a dead heat for the runner-up spot as reigning SB Series champion Tomos Hales set out an immediate defence of that title to gain the maximum 20 points on offer for affiliated riders, tying with Velotik’s Toby Williams on 21:16, serendipitously 61 seconds ahead of 4th placed Simon Romei. Hales was one of the riders entering his first race which is usually a test of breaking in and getting used to going full gas again, but a winter’s heavy training and representing Shropshire at Cross-Country seems to have given him an edge already. He stated: “Very happy with the first time trial of the year, I held good power and felt strong on the bike. Thanks for Propel for holding the event, they are always so organised and have lots of member willing to marshal”. Williams added: “My race was OK for early season. I struggled a bit in the wind and came into it a bit fatigued, but it was a good workout and very well run by Propel CC”.

Hales wasn’t the only rider representing Shropshire at Cross-Country a fortnight earlier as Wrekinsport team mate Hayley Wells took a great victory of over two minutes in the Female Series. Wells stopped the clock on 24:32, 2:04 ahead of Hafren CC’s Jan Davies after battling through conditions. Newly signed for the club, Wells made an immediate impression to take the maximum 20 points and was pleased to be back in the saddle: “My first time trial of the season and great to be back racing. Some classic British weather with a little drizzle and some tough wind to contend with! I was delighted to take the Women’s win – thanks again for the great organisation”.

Visiting riders made a solid statement with another Velotik rider, Sally Cunliffe taking overall victory in the Veteran’s class. Cunliffe recorded a fine +5:05 ahead of Aerologic’s Jonathan Mills-Keeling by 30 seconds, and was taken aback that she had won, stating: “The outward leg was very challenging, with side wind blowing me into the road. I was very relieved to get past half way, but delighted and surprised to be Veteran’s winner”. Mills-Keeling took Bronze in both Overall and Veteran’s Championships in 2023 and made a great start to take the 20 points on offer for over-40 riders with his +4:35 efforts. Racing in the cold is rarely conducive to the best times, but Mills-Keeling hampered himself somewhat by arriving unprepared for just how chilly conditions were as he explained: “My first solo time trial this year was freezing cold, I was completely underdressed for it. I was very happy to take the County Veteran’s win – thanks to Propel CC for putting it on”.

2024 sees the introduction of a new Road Bike Championship to the SB Series, giving riders without dedicated time trial bikes or those who fancy racing in a more traditional style their own set of medals to play for in an age and gender related handicap competition. In this inaugural event Mark Fenn took the maiden win in an adjusted 25:42 ahead of Propel’s Tim Mayo – but he didn’t make it easy for himself with his bike choice, turning up on a wide-tyred gravel bike on his way home from work. Fenn commented: “It was nice to be back at a 10 mile time trail, it’s been a long time. Taking the win was unexpected as I used my gravel bike. I felt strong in the challenging conditions which I felt the outbound was the hardest and return a little quicker. It was a nice way to ride from work to home and support a great event in the middle”.

In the Junior competition reigning champion Ben Southgate set ou his stall immediately with a maximum 20 points after a 25:50 effort after three months off the bike. Capable of faster times, this ride was definitely in ‘ease yourself back in’ territory, as he explained: “My first ride back after not being on the bike since December, so I decided to go straight into it! It went well considering I’ve not being on a bike”.


1JozsefOwenFibrax Fenwicks Wrexham CCS20:15.
2TomosHalesWrekinsport CCS21:1620
2TobyWilliamsVelotik RTS21:16.
4SimonRomeiParamount CRTV22:1718
5JonathanMills-KeelingAerologic RTV22:2216
6ScottPalmerAerologic RTV22:5014
7RichardElmittFibrax Fenwicks Wrexham CCV24:30.
8HayleyWellsWrekinsport CCF24:3212
9RobKennardAerologic RTV25:0210
10MarkHillHafren CCV25:058
11BenSouthgateWrekinsport CCJ25:506
12MarkFennSCCA 1st Claim MemberV26:054
13JanDaviesHafren CCFV26:362
14ColinWellsParamount CRTV26:412
15SallyCunliffeVelotik RTFV26:43.
16TimMayoPropel CCS27:122
17TimEvansNewport (Shropshire) CCV27:232
18HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCFV27:532
19PeterEverettOswestry Paragon CCV28:202
20GeoffEdgertonNorth Shropshire WheelersV28:322
21AshleyKirkhamWrekinsport CCV28:422
22DanielBaileyPropel CCS31:132
23EmmaBrownParamount CRTF31:492
24MattMuirPropel CCV33:332


Vets Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatVet +/-Vets Points
1SallyCunliffeVelotik RTFV+5:05.
2JonathanMills-KeelingAerologic RTV+4:3520
3SimonRomeiParamount CRTV+4:1418
4ScottPalmerAerologic RTV+3:2616
5RichardElmittFibrax-Wrexham RTV+3:09.
6RobKennardAerologic RTV+2:3714
7GeoffEdgertonNorth Shropshire WheelersV+2:3212
8JanDaviesHafren CCFV+2:2110
9MarkHillHafren CCV+2:198
10ColinWellsParamount CRTV+1:516
11HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCFV+1:164
12MarkFennSCCA 1st Claim MemberV+0:262
13TimEvansNewport (Shropshire) CCV-0:202
14AshleyKirkhamWrekinsport CCV-2:112
15PeterEverettOswestry Paragon CCV-2:122
16MattMuirPropel CCV-6:572

Road Bike:

RB Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatRB Adj TimeRB Points
1MarkFennSCCA 1st Claim MemberV25:4220
2TimMayoPropel CCS27:1218
3PeterEverettOswestry Paragon CCV28:2016
4EmmaBrownParamount CRTF28:5014
5DanielBaileyPropel CCS31:1312
6MattMuirPropel CCV33:0510


Female Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatTimeFemale Points
1HayleyWellsWrekinsport CCF24:3220
2JanDaviesHafren CCFV26:3618
3SallyCunliffeVelotik RTFV26:43.
4HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCFV27:5316
5EmmaBrownParamount CRTF31:4914


Junior Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1BenSouthgateWrekinsport CCJ25:5020