Hayley Simmonds only took up cycling competitively in 2009 and, as she is currently studying for a PhD in experimental chemistry at the University of Cambridge, still has to divide her time between her academic pursuits and training.
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Simmonds (Velosport Montegrappa) turned in an imperious performance at the National Championships Women’s Elite Time Trial in June to take her first national title, beating her nearest rivals Molly Weaver (Liv-Plantur) by 1:18.29 and Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) by 1:20.72.
The Liv-Plantur rider completed the 33.6km course around Lincoln in 51:39.89, taking pole position from then-leader Ciara Horne (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International), who eventually finished in fifth place, 1:58.42 in arrears, with none of the riders who followed her able to get within 60 seconds of Simmonds’ time.