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British National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Alex Dowsett
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Alex Dowsett

 

Dowsett, Simmonds And Davies Back Up Their Twenty-Fifteen Titles Here In Stockton-On-Tees In The National Time Trial Championships 2016

Defending champion Alex Dowsett [Movistar] successfully reclaims his Time Trial National Jersey in Stockton-On-Tees for an impressive fifth senior title.

Setting the quickest first split, Dowsett was the odd-on favorite around the 46.4Km circuit through the High Street, along the Riverside and out of town before returning for another three laps.

James Gullen [Pedal Heaven] posted the closest time for Silver over a minute down and Ryan Perry [Langdale Lightweights RT] the Bronze.

Talking in-front of the assembled cheering crowd Dowsett praised Stockton Council on their circuit layout and organization.

Alex Dowsett
Alex Dowsett

Dowsett: The whole Town Centre aspect of time-trialing is really something quite incredible. (Last year’s circuit was on a partly closed circuit at Cadwell Park Racing circuit near Louth, Lincolnshire) The atmosphere was really great, even out of town there were a lot of people watching. I think the course suited the spectator crowd, so Stockton should be proud of what they put on today.

For me personally I paced it I’d say, as perfectly as I could.

The gap to second last year was a lot bigger. I’ve seen these guys at 10s this year and it’s great to see British time-trialing really coming up.

When asked about another hour record attempt in the near future:  I hope so, the bar has been set quite high by Wiggins (Bradley). I know I’m capable of it from the numbers from the last attempt. It’s just a question of when. 54k is not a distance to taking lightly. It’s a huge ask from my team [Movistar] as well to set it up. It takes months to set up. I can’t see it happening this year, but possibly for next year.

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Hayley Simmonds
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Hayley Simmonds

Hayley Simmonds successfully defended her first National title from twenty-fifteen backing up her win having spent most of the year riding abroad riding her first professional contract.

Back on her beloved Cervelo P5, Simmonds put over half a minute on her closest on-form rival Claire Rose [Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa] who took Silver, with Team-mate Dame Sarah Storey close behind for Bronze.

Women: Hayley Simmonds Podium
Women: Hayley Simmonds Podium

 

Cycling Shorts: What have you been up to recently?

Simmonds: With-in the last couple of weeks I’ve recently changed Teams. I was riding professionally for Unitedhealthcare, I made the decision when they offered me, to be let out of my contract, so I accepted that. I made the decision to ride for Aerocoach.

It was a really hard decision to leave the team. I had to weigh-up in my mind, was I prepared to potentially sacrifice defending my title today to remain on the team.

I decided that I wasn’t and that defending my title today probably meant more to me.

I want to return to a UCI team, I want to be a professional bike rider.

Hopefully I’ll be able to find a UCI team for next year.

I’m lucky that I managed to find some guest rides in UCI races for the later part of the year. So I will still be keeping my hand in UCI races.

Cycling Shorts: How did you find the course here in Stockton-On-Tees and did it suit you?

Simmonds: I didn’t think it suited me. When I looked at the course before, I didn’t think it suited me as much as last year’s course did. But it was a good course. It was a really interesting course. It was a course of two parts.

It had a technical bit in the town centre and the dual carriageway section that was more of a traditional time trial course.

The bit in the town centre was actually really good in terms of support from local people and I was lucky enough to meet some of the local people a couple of weeks ago when I first came to look at the course.

The support was great and yeh! It suited me enough.

U23: Scott Davies, Podium
U23: Scott Davies, Podium

In the U23 Time Trial, Scott Davies [Team Wiggins] also defended his twenty-fifteen title beating Tao Geoghegen Hart [Axeon Hagens Berman CT] for Silver by nineteen seconds with Gabriel Cullaigh [100%ME] a further thirty seconds back off the pace.

 

U23 Results 34.8Kms

1 40 Davies Scott Team Wiggins 44:                               44:10.43

2 39 Geoghegan Hart Tao Axeon Hagens Berman CT       44:29.81     @9.38

3 34 Cullaigh Gabriel 100% ME                                                44:40.24     @29.81

4 35 Hetherington Ben Planet X – Northside Cycling        44:47.50     @37.07

5 38 Baylis Thomas One Pro Cycling                                44:53.39     @42.96

6 37 Shaw James Lotto Soudal U23                                 45:12.22     @01:01.8

7 12 Fry Joseph Pedal Heaven                                         45:24.97     @01:14.5

8 28 Kelly Jake Team Wiggins                                         45:42.33     @01:31.8

9 36 Stewart Mark 100% ME                                           45:54.37     @01:43.9

10 30 Latham Christopher Team Wiggins                        45:54.60     @01:44.2

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Claire Rose
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Claire Rose

Women        34.8Kms

1 50 Hayley Simmonds Aerocoach                                   47:33.36

2 44 Claire Rose Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa       48:06.32      @0:32.96

3 47 Dame Sarah Storey Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa 48:12.47        @0:06.15

4 49 Emma Pooley                                                                    48:33.46     @0:20.99

5 45 Hannah Barnes Canyon – SRAM                               49:29.28     @0:55.82

6 40 Julia Shaw                                                              49:39.92     @0:10.64

7 48 Molly Weaver Liv-Plantur                                         49:53.32     @0:13.40

8 11 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa 50:56.20 @1:02.88

9 9 Angela Hibbs Fusion RT Fierlan                                  51:03.12     @0:06.92

10 42 Abby-Mae Parkinson Servetto Footon                              51:13.39     @0:10.27

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Ryan Perry
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Ryan Perry

Elite   46.4Kms

1 40 Alex Dowsett Movistar Team                                    0:55:38.52

2 35 James Gullen Pedal Heaven                                     0:56:54.83

3 38 Ryan Perry Langdale Lightweights Racing Team      0:57:52.53

4 32 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling                                0:58:15.36

5 26 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling                                      0:59:09.39

6 33 Samuel Harrison Team Wiggins                               0:59:11.87

7 37 Lloyd Chapman Pedal Heaven                                 0:59:36.73

8 20 Ashley Cox CC Luton                                               0:59:45.70

9 36 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins                               0:59:59.87

10 34 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT                        1:00:04.48

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - James Gullen
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – James Gullen

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Hayley Simmonds
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Hayley Simmonds

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Emma Pooley
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Emma Pooley

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Dame Sarah Storey
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Dame Sarah Storey

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Alice Cobb
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Alice Cobb

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Tao Geoghegen Hart
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Tao Geoghegen Hart

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Abby-Mae Parkinson
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Abby-Mae Parkinson

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - U23: Scott Davies
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – U23: Scott Davies

 

British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees - Neah Evans
British Cycling National Time Trial Championships 2016 | Stockton-On-Tees – Neah Evans