Joanna Rowsell swooped to take her maiden British Time Trial title in Stewarton, East Ayrshire this afternoon, beating her best friend Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) by 32 seconds.

Rowsell was fastest throughout the 35.2-kilometre event, and pulled away from Armitstead on the second of two laps of rolling terrain on a circuit a few miles south of Glasgow.

She was only a handful of seconds clear at half-distance, but a strong end to her ride was more than enough to win the white, blue and red jersey which, despite having three World titles and one Olympic medal, was her first ever senior time trial crown.

The 24-year-old said: “I was targeting this for most of the season. I

enjoy time trialling and I always have done, so it seemed like a good

idea to target this race.

‘I’m over the moon. If I had got silver, I would have been really disappointed. It’s great to have Lizzie on the podium in second as well.”

Katie Colclough (Specialized-Lululemon) took an impressive third, 1-37 off of Rowsell’s time, while Emma Trott beat younger sister Laura by five seconds to finish third.

Behind Rowsell, arguably the performance of the day was Lucy Coldwell, an unattached rider who finished sixth. 

National Time Trial Championships 2013: Women’s race
1. Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle-Honda) 35.2km in 49-25

2. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) at 0-32
3. Katie Colclough (Specialized-Lululemon) at 1-37
4. Emma Trott (Boels-Dolmans) at 1-56
5. Laura Trott (Wiggle-Honda) at 2-01
6. Lucy Coldwell (Unattached) at 2-15
7. Elinor Barker (Wiggle-Honda) at 2-17
8. Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) at 2-38
9. Hannah Barnes (MG-Maxifuel) at 2-57
10. Julia Shaw ( at 3-19

Katie Colclough

Lizzie Armitstead

Joanna Rowsell

Joanna Rowsell tops the women’s podium

Related links

National Time Trial Championships 2013: The Big Preview

2012 report: Dowsett and Houvenaghel sweep to time trial titles

2011 report: Dowsett and Houvenaghel take National titles

2010 report: Wiggins defends his title as Sky take 1-2-3

2009 report: Wiggins and Pooley take National titles

  • JeffGoldblumIII

    What happened to Julia Shaw?

  • Andy Duncan

    Lucy Coldwell isn’t exactly unattached.

    Just riding ‘unattached’ perhaps due to her Scottish ancestry but Australian residency.

  • Brian Holloway

    Very pleased with your publication in general but I do wish that the ladies would get more column lines. Everybody is currently talking up this aspect of the sport and I think that you should be in the vanguard of this push.

    For example looking at the Ladies TT results today 21 June I see that among all the well-known names is a young lady Anna Turvey (beating some very big names) who seems to be making waves currently. Why not seek her out and let’s see an article on her? It would promote the ladies cause overall and would boost her profile no end.

    Keep up the good work