Cycling: Charlton eyes more records after setting new standard
THREE-WHEEL ace Barry Charlton has collected his second national record in the space of four weeks ... and now plans to target three more.
The 46-year-old's time of 54mins 18secs in the Stone Wheelers Open 25 on Saturday took 30 seconds off the previous veterans' tricycle best set by Yorkshire's Carl Saint.
Saint had put down that marker in the same event on the Blythe Bridge course in 2008.
Charlton, from Hanford, had claimed the 10-mile record from Saint in August when he clocked 20mins 51secs.
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Now the Michelin worker is gunning to break the 1hr 5mins record over 30 miles when he completes his trike season in Cambridge on October 6.
And next year he is determined to become the first UK tricyclist over 40 to break the four-hour barrier over 100 miles then smash the 12-hour endurance distance.
Charlton (Lyme Racing Club/Swinnerton Cycles) said: "I was on for breaking the 25 record in Nottingham this year, but the race was stopped a near the end when someone was blown off their bike.
"I knew this would be a fast course, but conditions weren't ideal. You really want a tail wind coming into the finish, but we had a head wind.
"Still, I got there and now I want to become the first man to hold all the records."
The current 100-mile record was by Dave Keene (4:00.01) in 2006, while Ralph Dadswell covered 243.770 miles in 12 hours to take that honour in the same year.
Charlton already holds two other trike national records alongside Keene on a tandem, over 10 and 50 miles.
He will team up with Saint next season to try to complete the set.
"The tandem's pretty hairy when you're on the back, but it's all good fun," he said.
It was Charles Taylor, of the South Pennine Road Club, who put in the best performance on two wheels to claim victory at the Stone Challenge in 49.34.
In 13th, Will Corden, Charlton's Lyme club-mate, improved his lifetime best by 19secs to record 51.53.
The following day, the 22-year-old, from Tean, took victory in the Walsall Road Club 10 in 22.18.
Tracy Rowlinson (Lyme) recorded her season's best 50 in the Yorkshire Road Club promotion but missed a 20mph ride by a single second with 2:30.01.
All three Lyme entrants came back from the Plan B Open 30 time trial with life-time best performances.
Barrie Whittaker (1:09.32) improved by nearly six minutes, Rowlinson (1:20.10) improved by more than nine minutes while Chris Hall was home in 1:13.28 in his first outing at the distance.
Paul Robinson (56.35) took fourth veteran award in the ABC Centreville Open 25 on the Chelford course.
His Lyme club-mate George Edwards, from Madeley High School, also had cause to celebrate.
Riding his first 25-mile race, he finished in 1:04.36 to take the lead in his club's junior Time Trial BAR competition.