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British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2015

DOWSETT, SIMMONDS AND DAVIES TAKE TIME TRIAL TITLES AT BRITISH CYCLING NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

British Cycling Press Release

25 June 2015

 

A lex Dowsett, Hayley Simmonds and Scott Davies took the time trial titles at the 2015 British Cycling National Road Championships in Lincolnshire today.

Alex Dowsett produced a world-class performance at Cadwell Park to equal Stuart Dangerfield’s record of four British time trial titles, while earlier in the day, Hayley Simmonds and Scott Davies took the women’s and under-23 men’s crowns.

Dowsett set a scorching time of 1:00.11 over the testing 44.8-kilometre course that combined the open roads of Lincolnshire and the swooping tarmac of the Cadwell Park motor racing circuit.

SportGrub Kuota Cycling Team’s Ryan Perry set a marker of 1:04.28 before NFTO’s Edmund Bradbury dropped below the 1:04 mark with a 1:03.42 as title favourites Bottrill and Dowsett ploughed around the three laps of the open road sector of the Lincolnshire course, two of just six riders remaining with a chance of challenging for the medals.

As Dowsett passed Bottrill, it became clear that the 26-year-old Movistar pro was headed for a record-equalling fourth title – it was just a case how big the winning margin would be.

In the end Dowsett’s win was emphatic, a time of 1:00.11, ensuring that the British title was added to his remarkable year of UCI Hour record and Bayern Rundfahrt stage race triumphs.

Bottrill eventually finished fourth, four minutes and 20 seconds down on Dowsett, with Bradbury taking silver and Perry taking bronze.

Speaking after regaining the National Title, Alex Dowsett told British Cycling:

“It’s lovely to get it back,” said Dowsett. “It’s really significant being national champion. Now every time I do a time-trial I get to wear this!”

“I couldn’t have lost it to a more talented guy last year in Brad (Sir Bradley Wiggins) but it’s nice to have it back.

“That was tough. I didn’t have a radio so I had no idea where I was in relation to anyone else.

“The course itself – in training, I thought it would be easier in the race but it was actually harder, so I had no idea how well I was going out there. But when I saw Matt (Bottrill) I knew that either he was on a horrendous day or I was on a good one.

“I had a bit of a moment on the second to last corner around here. I’ve got quite a few friends who race British Superbike and I’m not going to hear the end of it from missing that apex!”

T eam Velosport’s Hayley Simmonds produced a superb ride to take the British women’s title, defying the form book and finishing over a minute ahead of silver medallist Molly Weaver and bronze medallist Dame Sarah Storey.

Simmonds, who moved from rowing in 2009, took the lead from early pacesetter Ciara Horne over the 33.6-kilometre course. Posting a time of 51:39.89, the 2014 10-mile and 50-mile time-trial champion, threw the gauntlet down in resounding fashion, with Katie Archibald and Dame Sarah Storey still out on the course.

Liv Plantur’s Molly Weaver soon pushed Horne into third with a 52.58.18 time and within minutes, the pundits’ favourite was dropping out of medal contention.

Dame Sarah Storey couldn’t challenge the time of Simmonds, the multiple Paralympic champion stopping the clock at 53.00.61 and dropping into third with just a few challengers left out on course.

Storey’s team-mate Katie Archibald, who took silver in 2014, was the last challenger to finish but could only manage sixth, handing the women’s crown to a delighted Simmonds.

“It’s completely overwhelming – I’ve worked really hard for this,” said Simmonds. “I hoped it was going to be really close and I just went out and did the ride that I thought I could, did the effort I thought I could and obviously it paid off.

“I was just trying to focus on getting out the ride that I was capable of and not necessarily concentrating on the other big names that were starting after me.”

“After I finished and I was half collapsing over my bike I could just hear the commentator say my time and then say ‘will anyone go under 50 minutes’. Dame Sarah and Katie Archibald are both capable of going under 50 and at that point I wasn’t even sure that I was in the lead, let alone that I was going to win by a minute.”

Cycling Shorts caught up with Hayley after her ride to victory.

She told me that the race had went really well for her. After spending time looking around the course outside of Cadwell Park, She knew that she would be capable of setting a competitive time by sticking to her plan.

Hayley has won a few Time Trial Championships over different lengths in recent years. Coming into this race, she had recently won the Holme Valley Wheelers 2 Day in early June, beating the likes of Dame Sarah Storey and National Road Race Champion Laura Trott. This had gave her confidence to trust her ability, and ride the race at a pace that suited her.

She is currently studying for her PhD, and should have it submitted by March next year. Once that’s out of the way,  Hayley said that she would like to take up professional bike riding full-time.

I asked her about the National Road Race coming up on Sunday in Lincoln. “Yes” she told me, “I’m riding it”. But she went on to say that her main objective this week, had been the Time Trial today. That’s were all her focus has been recently. Going out and checking out the course route, the twists and turns, and figuring out the best way to approach each corner, each climb.

For the near future, Hayley said she was going to have a go at a 100, something she’s not attempted before. So it won’t be long before you get to see the Red & Blue Strip Jersey on the road again somewhere around the UK.

E arlier in the day, 100%ME’s Scott Davies successfully defended his British under-23 time trial title.

The 19-year-old from Carmarthen fought off a strong challenge from fellow Welshman, Team Wiggins’ Owain Doull, recording a time of 47:20.32 to retain the jersey he won in Monmouthshire 12 months ago.

Axeon Cycling Team’s Tao Geoghegan Hart had been the first to break into the 47-minute times with 47:37.90, only for Doull to immediately strike back with a stunning 47:26.53.

But Davies, continuing the stellar form demonstrated earlier in the year at Tour de Yorkshire, did not falter, besting Doull’s time by six seconds with a 47:20.32 masterclass, joining Alex Dowsett and Sam Harrison as only the third rider to win back-to-back under-23 time trial titles.

A relieved Davies commented after the race:

“It was pretty tough – I think the nature of the course meant holding a rhythm wasn’t that easy today,” said Davies following his effort. “It’s quite rolling so there’s no real stretch where you can hold the same pace. It’s up, down and up. That steep hill is quite tough as well – quite a testing course. “Relieved is the word that I’d use to describe how today went. I came up to it with a bit more pressure than last year – relieved to have defended it.

 

Results

Under-23 men

Pos   Name Team TIME
1   Scott Davies 100% ME 47:20.32
2   Owain Doull Team Wiggins 47:26.53
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart Axeon Cycling Team 47:37.90
4   Thomas Baylis One Pro Cycling 48:04.42
5   Joshua Teasdale Prorace Cycling Team 48:15.43
6   James Shaw Lotto Soudal 48:26.11
7   Mark Stewart 100% ME 48:37.24
8   Gabriel Cullaigh 100% ME 48:40.72
9   Matt Gibson 100% ME 48:56.51
10   Ben Hetherington Achieve Northside Skinnergate 49:03.57
11   Christopher Fennell Catford CC Equipe/Banks 49:07.13
12   Andy Leigh Team Handi-Ness 49:13.90
13   Christopher Lawless Team Wiggins 49:24.85
14   Oliver Wood 100% ME 49:31.20
15   Charlie Tanfield Easton Ritte 49:37.80
16   Connor Swift Polypipe Cycling Team 49:41.45
17   Chris Latham 100% ME 49:50.62
18   Alistair Slater An Post – ChainReaction 49:54.74
19   George Wood Richardsons-Trek RT 50:13.31
20   Luc Hall Team Wiggins 50:16.21
21   Jake Kelly 100% ME 50:21.24
22   Joe Evans Madison Genesis 50:31.76
23   Germain Burton 100% ME 50:35.20
24   Lawrence Carpenter Catford CC Equipe/Banks 50:39.35
25   Jack O’Neill Mike Vaughan Cycles 50:43.63
26   Stephen Williams Pedal Heaven RT 50:49.53
27   Sebastian Baylis Champion System VCUK Racing Team 50:55.15
28   Simon Alexander Richardsons-Trek RT 50:55.72
29   James Garratt Welland Valley CC 51:02.57
30   Ashley Dennis Catford CC Equipe/Banks 51:13.30
31   Jacob Scott ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team 51:19.97
32   Tom Bracegirdle Team Handi-Ness 51:29.27
33   Edward Clemens Team Handi-Ness 51:54.04
34   Cameron Woolsey Spirit Bikes Racing Team 51:54.65
35   Joel Lewis Rhino Racing 52:01.62
36   Cameron Jeffers Bill Nickson Cycles RT 52:19.65
37   Harry Godding Catford CC Equipe/Banks 52:21.24
38   Liam Yates Catford CC Equipe/Banks 52:25.50
39   Joseph Andrews Eden Veranda Racing 52:37.43
40   Will Houghton Hillingdon Cycling Club 52:41.61
41   David Bolland Clay Cross Road Team 52:55.22

 

 

Women

Pos   Name Team TIME
1   Hayley Simmonds Team Velosport 51:39.89
2   Molly Weaver Matrix Fitness 52:58.18
3   Dame Sarah Storey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 53:00.61
4   Lucy Coldwell Unattached 53:37.14
5   Ciara Horne Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 53:38.31
6   Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 53:41.78
7   Hannah Barnes Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team 55:29.68
8   Abby-Mae Parkinson Team Giordana- Triton 55:35.93
9   Julia Shaw www.drag2zero.com 56:11.57
10   Anna Christian Wiggle Honda 56:22.44
11   Rebecca Rimmington Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 56:56.77
12   Natalie Grinczer Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 57:03.49
13   Annasley Park Team Giordana- Triton 57:44.75
14   Alice Cobb Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 58:00.14
15   Chloe Fraser Team Rytger 58:02.28
16   Hayley Jones Bicycle Superstore. 58:29.94
17   Anna Turvey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 58:38.35
18   Mathilde Pauls Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 58:51.49
19   Julie Erskine IKON – Mazda 58:59.94
20   Elizabeth Stedman University of Sheffield CC 59:24.34
21   Faye Faber Unattached 59:30.07
22   Bethany Hayward Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 59:35.59
23   Henrietta Colborne Team Jadan 59:40.11
24   Amy Gornall Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 59:44.54
25   Ruth Summerford PMR@Toachim House 59:51.69
26   Claire Munton Malteni Race Team 01:00:18.02
27   Nikola Butler Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 01:00:22.94
28   Annabel Fisher Bonito Squadra Corse 01:00:41.34
29   Josephine Gilbert Velosure Starley Primal 01:00:46.73
30   Vanessa Whitfield Team 22 01:00:59.45
31   Emma Lewis Adalta Cycling Club 01:01:27.96
32   Lorna Ferguson Glasgow Green Cycle Club 01:02:57.32
33   Keira McVitty Team Giordana- Triton 01:03:46.51
34   Jennifer McAndrew Team Jadan 01:06:27.72
35   Laura Cheesman Velosure Starley Primal 01:07:07.93
36   Helen McKay Les Filles Racing Team 01:10:22.56

 

 

Men

Pos   Name Team TIME
1   Alex Dowsett Movistar Team 01:00:11.13
2   Edmund Bradbury NFTO 01:03:42.25
3   Ryan Perry SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 01:04:02.28
4   Matthew Bottrill www.drag2zero.com 01:04:31.50
5   Lloyd Chapman Richardsons-Trek RT 01:05:43.02
6   Ashley Cox CC Luton 01:05:52.70
7   Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team 01:06:07.64
8   Jason Bouttell Velopro 01:06:15.57
9   Josh Williams Revolutions Racing 01:06:23.50
10   Gruffudd Lewis Pedal Heaven RT 01:06:31.07
11   Dean Robson Somerset RC – The Bicycle Chain 01:06:36.34
12   Ioan Smallwood Cardiff Ajax CC 01:06:46.84
13   James Gullen Velosure Starley Primal 01:07:08.93
14   Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT 01:07:25.89
15   James Lowden Neon-Velo Cycling Team 01:07:35.56
16   Adam Gascoigne Pedal Power Loughborough 01:07:43.24
17   Adam Kenway SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 01:07:52.39
18   Daniel Halksworth Velo Sport Jersey 01:08:06.60
19   Daniel Bigham Beeline Bicycles RT 01:08:14.68
20   Pete Dyson East London Velo 01:08:20.71
21   Peter Murdoch Neon-Velo Cycling Team 01:08:22.47
22   Chris McNamara Pedal Heaven RT 01:09:07.97
23   William Bjergfelt SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 01:09:11.08
24   Robert Moore Pedal Heaven RT 01:09:23.77
25   Jamie Pine Pedal Heaven RT 01:09:49.07
26   Ewan Farrow Ilkley Cycling Club 01:09:57.74
27   Keith Murray Pioneer Scott Syncros 01:10:34.76
28   Simon McNamara Southdowns Bikes â Casco 01:10:55.26
29   Michael Guilford VC Meudon 01:11:46.52
30   Greig Burt Beeston Cycling Club 01:11:57.80
31   Mark Nulty Manchester Bicycle Club 01:12:09.64
32   Christophe Demoulin Rapha Cycling Club 01:12:19.01
33   Benjamin Allen Dulwich Paragon CC 01:12:30.56
34   Ian Russell Arrow Cycles 01:13:18.94
35   John Brearley City RC (Hull) 01:13:51.28
36   Christopher Bates Beeston Cycling Club 01:15:25.30

 

 

Highlights of the time trials will be shown on British Eurosport 2 tomorrow (Friday 26 June) at 6pm.

 

The 2015 British Cycling National Road Championships continue on Sunday 28 June with the road races, which start and finish in Lincoln city centre. The women’s and men’s race will be broadcast live on British Eurosport from 11:30am with highlights on ITV4 on Monday evening at 6pm.

 

Full information on all the above, the championships and the supporting events can be found on the event web site:

 

http://www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk/site/ and by following us on twitter @roadchamps

 

Contact info@lincolngrandprix.org.uk for further information

 

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