AFTER losing the 10-mile title by eight seconds, Jason MacIntyre (The Edge Racing Team) made up for that disappointment when he secured the National 25-Mile Championships at Melling, Merseyside, on Sunday.
MacIntyre clocked 49-44 to win the event, pushing Michael Hutchinson (In Gear RT) into second by 17 seconds, while third spot went to Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) who was another 46 seconds off the pace.
MacIntyre had made no secret of his desire to make up for the 10-mile defeat, and looked determined as he headed for the start. He reached the turn at half distance 21 seconds ahead of Hutchinson, and although that gap was whittled down MacIntyre held out for the win.
Newton was third at the turn – 59 seconds behind MacIntyre, and although he maintained his effort over the second leg to finish 1-03 down on the eventual winner, he could not threaten Hutchinson for second spot.
Julia Shaw (GS Strada) was a convincing winner of the women?s title with a time of 58-41, 35 seconds up on second-placed Ruth Eyles (Beacon RCC), while Andrew Griffiths (Glendene CC-Biketrax) was top junior with 55-57.
National 25-Mile Time Trial Championship.-
1 Jason MacIntyre (The Edge RT) 49-44
2 Michael Hutchinson (In Gear-Quickvit RT) 50-01
3 Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) 50-47
4 Alex Dowsett (100 Per Cent Me) 51 37
5 Ben Instone (A3CRG) 51-50
6 Paul O?Mahoney (Pro Bike Kit) 52-57
Team.- In Gear-Quickvit RT (Michael Hutchinson, Pete Tadros, Steve Pollard) 2-38-25. Women.- Julia Shaw (GS Strada) 58-41. Juniors.- Andrew Griffiths (Glendene CC) 55-57.
NATIONAL 25 PHOTO GALLERY, by Andy Jones
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Jason MacIntyre wins the National 25
Michael Hutchinson, second for once!
Chris Newton puts in a solid ride for third
Alex Dowsett just misses out on a podium place
Julia Shaw storms to victory in the women’s championship
Ruth Eyles, second in women’s event
Ruthie Manley takes third spot in the women’s 25 champs
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