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Planet X's Mullen Strikes Again!

Sunday morning saw some of the country's finest time trial specialists compete in the British Cycling / CTT National Time Trial Championships at Sawtry near Peterborough.

Planet X's Ryan Mullen was off second to last in the Junior event which was held over a distance of 21 undulating miles. His ride was completed in what can only be described as monsoon conditions which got so bad he had to tear his visor off when rain and condensation started making life a bit more difficult than he was originally expecting.

I'm singing in the rain!

 

After a couple of time checks it was clear within a very short time that Mullen was pulling away time-wise from his main competition: Oliver Rossi (London), Luke Grivel-Mellor (Staffs) and Alexander Royle (SIS).

It wasn’t all to be plain sailing though. He lost a few seconds when the race marshals prematurely mis-directed him on to the finishing leg, but more critically with only 2.5 miles to go, when leading Rossi by about a minute, Mullen suffered a rear wheel puncture. He took the gamble though and powered on with the flat tyre at speeds of up to 30 mph up and down a few lumps and bumps to finish soaked to the skin … not knowing if he’d done enough to pull off the win … or if, in fact, he’d lost.

Fortunately, and deservedly so, Mullen won the day by 40 seconds or so over Rossi. More importantly (as far as Planet X’s shareholders are concerned) there was no damage to the DT Swiss carbon disc (list price … £1499.99!) … just a shredded tubular tyre (from £39.99).

Mullen's efforts were rewarded with the winner’s CTT medal but due to the Ireland code on his BC licence he wasn’t awarded the National Champion’s jersey (now that IS ‘Irish’ …Ed).

Hopefully, Ryan will put that right next weekend when competes in the National Irish Time Trial Champs and road race in Castlebar in County Mayo, Ireland.

There has been some debate in UK timetrialling circles as to whether or not record holder and national champion boy wonder Ryan Mullen is actually Irish.  Well today for the first time we can reveal conclusive proof that Mullen is an Irish native ...

 

 

5 September 2011

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