There's nothing quite like the National '10'. Photos by Andy Jones

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The national 10-mile time trial championship has a unique place in British cycling history: the ‘race of truth’ is the ultimate decider for who is the fastest Brit over the distance.

The set distance of 10 miles is one that hundred, if not thousands, of riders race every week, so the National ’10’ provides club cyclists up and down the country a benchmark to aspire to.

This year’s championships, held on the Warwickshire and Leicestershire border, had a surprise winner in Richard Bussell riding for RST Sport/Aero-Coach, who beat top-seeded contenders Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) and defending champion Matt Bottrill (drag2zero.com).

>>> Richard Bussell beats pre-race favourites to win national 10-mile time trial

Remarkably, it was only postman Bussell’s fifth time trial of the year, but the lack of racing obviously did him no harm in the rain-swept race.

The event also benefited from the star presence of England rugby legend and cycling fan Martin Johnson, who was on stage to present the prizes to the winners.

Here we present a selection of exclusive photos taken by Cycling Weekly photographer Andy Jones.

Tom Ward, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Tom Ward, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Richard Bussell, winner, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Richard Bussell, winner, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Matt Clinton, second, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Matt Clinton, second, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Matt Bottrill, third, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Matt Bottrill, third, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Liam Bosley, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Liam Bosley, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Edmund Bradbury, fourth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Edmund Bradbury, fourth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

James Boyman, fifth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

James Boyman, fifth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Brett Harwood, sixth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Brett Harwood, sixth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Andy Jackson, seventh, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Andy Jackson, seventh, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Josh Williams, eighth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Josh Williams, eighth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Dan Evans, ninth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Dan Evans, ninth, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Rob Sharland, 10th, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Rob Sharland, 10th, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Martin Johnson and Matt Bottrill, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Martin Johnson and Matt Bottrill, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Team and individual winners, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Team and individual winners, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Richard Bussell, winner, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Richard Bussell, winner, National 10-mile time trial 2015

Result
National 10-mile time trial championship 2015

1. Richard Bussell (RST Sport/Aero-Coach) 19.36
2. Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) 19.41
3. Matthew Bottrill (Drag2zero.com) 19.45
4. Edmund Bradbury (NFTO Pro Cycling) 19.50
5. James Boyman (Farnham RC) 20.01
6. Brett Harwood (Terry Wright Cycles RC) 20.04
7. Andy Jackson (Team Swift) 20.05
8. Joshua Williams (Revolutions Racing) 20.08
9. Dan Evans (Team Elite/Paul Bethall Electrical) 20.10
10. Rob Sharland (Paceline RT) 20.11

  • Nic Lowe

    You’d think a proper link-up between the Post Office and pro-cycling in the UK would be on the cards. I love the idea of our PO being a training ground for superfast bike racers.

  • Matt C

    No specific reason, when people are using different wheels, it’s easier to do than adjusting cable tension.

  • J1

    I’ve seen it on a long descent but what’s the idea behind it during a TT?

  • Matt C

    It’s a normal thing to ride with it open.

  • Peter J Kott

    I see that the quick release on Richard Bussell’s front brake caliper is in the open position. Is that an oversight or did he have a problem with wheel alignment during the ride?

  • EB

    He still had integrated handlebars, cables hidden for most of the course, top tube cable entry, skin suit, aero helmet, shoe covers etc. Still far more than most normal people have available. The difference made by each individual thing maybe be small, but added together it is more significant.

  • MJ

    Isn’t it funny how the chap who won did so on an apparently unbranded frame, with a standard front mounted brake with plenty of cable exposed. If only he had a branded superbike with an integrated brake, with no cables showing, he could have won by at least another minute… or not…

  • Two postmen in the top three. Seems to be the profession to follow …….