Just a week after clinching her first National 25-mile title, Hayley Simmonds broke the national competition record over ten miles in East Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old from Cambridge clocked 19.46 in the Bridlington CC 10 on the popular V718 course near South Cave, slicing just one second from Julia Shaw’s three-year-old record.
But the record could’ve gone even lower, with conditions far from perfect.
“The wind felt relatively OK when I got to the headquarters, but when I was riding it was stronger than I thought,” said Simmonds, who is also the national 100 and British Time Trial Champion.
“I’ve been training hard for the last couple of weeks and felt a bit tired. I took it relatively easy on Thursday and Friday so the rest obviously did me some good.
“Because of my other commitments with road racing and going abroad I hadn’t had chance to travel to fast courses until now, and this is my only visit to the V718 this season. Luckily it was a good enough day, although people were saying it can be a lot better!
“I only realised I had got the record back at headquarters. I was standing around waiting for the times to go up on the board to find out if I had the record, and I was replaying scenarios in my mind and starting to doubt my performance!
“I only took one second off Julia’s record, so the record isn’t ‘on the shelf’ - it would be nice to take a bit more off and have it for a few years.”
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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