Oxford-based medical student Claire Galloway was a surprise women’s silver medallist in the National 10-mile time trial on Sunday – only her second national time trial championship.
The 24-year-old finished fourth in the 2010 ‘25′ championship just months after taking up the sport to regain fitness after a back injury, but missed most of last season due to illness and had again been struggling in the month leading up to the event.
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“It’s just nice to get back racing – I wasn’t really expecting anything,” said Galloway, who left for a stage race in South Africa the following morning.
“I do a lot of road races and consequently I’ve not done many time trials, but I enjoy them – it’s just you and your bike.
“I’ll be doing the national ‘25′ and trying to medal in that, and really I’m looking for a consistent season of racing.”
* The men’s team title went to www.drag2zero.com, even without two of the riders – Jeff Jones, recovering from a cold, and Derek Parkinson – who broke the 25-mile competition team record last month.
Charles McCulloch, sixth, and Jon Simpkins, eighth, backed up second-placed Matt Bottrill who, enduring another championship near miss, conceded that he could not have done any more in his quest for an individual title.
“I’ve gone up a step, but so has Michael (Hutchinson),” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to where I am now, and I couldn’t have ridden any harder.”
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