Ryan Perry (Langdale Lightweights) and Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) were crowned National 25-mile time trial champions after the title races were held in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk over the weekend.
Perry turned around a six-second deficit in the final 10 miles to retain his National 25-mile Time Trial title in Norfolk on Sunday, while Simmonds also retained her title in Cambridgeshire on Saturday.
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A 29-year-old Army captain from Lancashire, Perry clocked a winning time of 46.31 to win by three seconds from Richard Bussell (AeroCoach) after being behind with 10 miles to go.
This was an even tighter margin than his 20-second victory over Matt Bottrill at last year’s event.
The 25-mile title adds to the 50 and 100 titles he has already won this season, and he will be looking to make it a clean sweep with the 10 mile title in two weeks.
Clinching bronze was Kieron Davies (drag2zero) in a time of 47.47, the same colour medal he clinched at last year’s event.
Perry said: “I was surprised to have won as at the 15 miles mark somebody gave me a time check saying I was 22 seconds down on Richard Bussell.
“I never thought I was going to make that up and was surprised when I crossed the line to learn I had won by three seconds.”
Simmonds, who broke the 50-minute mark with a competition record two weeks ago, also retained her title in a time of 54.57, over five minutes slower than the previous week.
The 28-year-old AeroCoach rider blamed the ‘dead roads’ and 17 roundabouts for the slower time but was pleased with her performance.
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Anna Turvey was rewarded for the long trip from Tyneside to Cambridgeshire with a silver medal clocking 56.31, while road rider Claire Rose (Podium Ambition) took bronze in 57.03.
“I looked at the course record set by Michael Hutchinson and knew as long as the conditions weren’t too bad that I could clock a long 54 minutes time,” said Simmonds.
“The main problems were the dead road surface and amount of traffic on the roundabouts – but each course has its own challenges.”
The results of the Junior Championship are delayed pending clarification of the distance covered by the leading competitors.
British national 25-mile time trial championships 2016
1. Ryan Perry (Langdale Lightweights RT) 46.31
2. Richard Bussell (AeroCoach) 46.34
3. Kieron Davies (drag2zero) 47.47
1. Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) 54.57
2 Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) 56.31
3 Claire Rose (Podium Ambition) 57.03