Sarah Storey has vented frustration with the organisers of the National 10 on Saturday, saying that traffic on the time trial course made it dangerous for riders and ruined her ride.

“I really hated every second I was on the road,” she told Cycling Weekly. “I have never been so frightened on the road. I had an absolute horror and I couldn’t wait to get off the road.”

“I’ve never experienced anything like that many cars during a time trial before,” she continued. “There were no warnings for motorists. Cars were coming past so close. I was worried about the Juniors, who went out at 2 o’clock – at the peak of the traffic. It was dangerous.”

The time trial course took the riders down a national speed limit A-road to a junction and back again.

Cycling Weekly’s reporter at the event noted that the strong winds will have made it hard for riders to be able to hear cars behind them, and a number of riders expressed alarm at the passing cars after the event.

Storey finished fourth, and feels that the dangerous nature of the road adversely affected her performance.

“My average power was quite a lot down,” she said. “It came from not being able to concentrate properly on my ride. I was riding to get through it. My power output average was down by 15-20w.”

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  • Tony

    To Katie – this year the men’s event was not full (unusually), and the women’s event has never been full that I can remember, so any time would have done. Even when the men’s event is full, anybody who is capable of contending for, say, the top 20 would be able to get a qualifying time on virtually any course.

    Dual vs Single Carriageway has been an argument going on for years and years. It just isn’t as simple as that – the safest course (by some distance) that our club uses is almost all DC, while our most dangerous are a couple of sporting circuits – because they go through villages with 30mph limits and parked cars.

    If you are at the sharp end of national competition, it cannot be safe to ride courses through a 30mph limit because to be competitive, you have to be going faster than that.

  • Bob

    Well I’m sure everyone eles powers were down by 15-20 Watts so at least it didnt effect the result. All finished how we thought it would including the mens, Julia winning, Wiggo 1st and Hutch second. You don’t see Hutch complaining, seems to me like a case of sore looser?

  • Lily Savage

    Excuses excuses!!!! You had the opportunity to recce the course and make your decision whether or not to race. Isn’t that the Time Trial World Champions (Emma Pooleys) skinsuit you’re wearing.

  • Katie

    I agree with Sarah based on the following.
    I thought the whole purpose was that the best rider on the day wins so why do we have this obsession with using drag strips. It could be that the best rider actually rides in a traffic free void due to say the road before the start having been closed shortly before he sets off and a lesser rider started in a full flow of traffic, result this rider wins and the favourite ( best rider is slower ), so is it a fair result.
    Championship events which cover all the range from Juniors etc do not need to be on a dragstrip as the Kudos of being crowned British TT champion is the goal.
    I’ve seen riders with fantastic times achieved on these dragstrips being 8 minutes slower on the so called sporting course. If you are a riderwho can not afford to compete on dragstrips but are a winner on these much slower courses you will never get a qualifying time to ride the Championship events.
    You only have to look at the results of these events where the results for the whole field is published and see how many riders are up to 50% slower than the winner.

  • Howard Heighton

    In defence of the organise the high way agency does not allow warning signs to be put on the road. I was off shortly after Sarah and did not find the road too busy.