SAM Taylor has been in fine form for Weaver Valley Cycling Club.

In the recent club championship, he completed the 10-mile time trial in 21mins 30secs – 37 seconds quicker than second-placed Matt Heath.

In the women’s race, Claire Thompson won in 27mins 11secs from Deborah Morgan, who finished 14 seconds behind.

The event formed part of the club’s Guardian Cup 10-mile time trialling series and in the most recent event, Taylor set a new personal-best on the course by clocking 21mins 5secs with Emily Martin also delivering an impressive time of 23mins 3secs.

The overall series is led by Kevin Davies on 202 points, 15 ahead of second-placed Alex Chaffrey Green, while Morgan leads the ladies competition on 109 points.

Craig Lee (192 points) and Richard Morgan (196 points) lead the scratch competition and the road bike category respectively.

Meanwhile, four Weaver Valley riders took part in the recent TLI Apus Peak Road Race, which included five laps of the 12-mile Great Budworth circuit.

Jeff Wood, Sam Taylor and Lloyd Smith were all prominent in attempts to bridge the gap to a two-man breakaway in the main race, but their efforts were thwarted as the main bunch was neutralised when horses blocked the road.

In the end, they settled for a final bunch sprint to get the best placings they could – Wood finished third in his age group and 11th overall, with Taylor 13th and Smith 18th. Taylor and Smith were fourth and sixth in their age categories respectively.

In the veteran’s race, John Keen missed the winning break and crossed the line 12th overall and fourth in his age group.

Smith also rode strongly in the Super 4 TLI series road race organised by Liverpool Mercury Cycling Club.

He led several attempts to break away from the main bunch, but all were thwarted and he finished 16th overall in the spring finish.

In the longer-distance events, Steve Haskew recently competed in the 2022 WalesDURO – a two-day, 300km on and off-road combination event from Bangor to Cardiff that includes 6,500m of ascent.

Kevin Davies and Louise Mainwaring completed the Aberdaron 400k Audax event, which involved 16,000 feet of climbing, in just over 19 hours.