With the South West’s first sub-19- minute ten-mile time trial already under his belt, Matt Langworthy clinched a second slice of history when he finished third in the UK ‘10’ TT Championships in the Lake District.
It is the Mid-Devon CC’s first national senior TT medal for 27 years. Langworthy himself; current top junior Harrison Wood and Andrew Parker have all won junior medals, but it’s the first senior ‘gong’ since Andy Hitchens finished second and third in the UK 12-hour champs in 1989 and 1990.
Langworthy had clocked 18.55 for a ‘10’ near Coventry recently, but conditions on the course between Bassenthwaite and Cockermouth were far tougher for his ride of 19 minutes and 33 seconds.
Pre-event favourite Daniel Bingham (Brother NRG Wattshop) won the title in 19.01, with Ryan Perry (Team Raleigh GAC) third in 19.13.
Langworthy beat several more- fancied rivals, including Team Bottrill’s Matt Smith, Bingham’s team-mate Charlie Tanfield and John Archibald (Pro Vision).
The 21-year-old university student from Torquay has certainly made the most of his summer, racing well in all disciplines in Saint Piran and Mid-Devon colours, and he now pre- pares to resume his studies in geology at Imperial College, London.