British Cycling - Road

HSBC-UK British Cycling National Championships 2021

L-R Josie Nelson, Pfeiffer Georgi, Jos Lowden
National Road Race Championships


Reigning national champion Ben Swift retained his national road race title on the final day of the 2021 HSBC UK | National Road Championships in Lincoln, following Pfeiffer Georgi’s victory in the women’s race earlier in the day.

First over the line for Pfeiffer Georgi for both U23 & Senior RR Titles in Lincoln

Images by Chris Maher for both Road Races

The Team Ineos Grenadiers rider fought hard all day in numerous breakaway groups to secure another year in the famous red, white and blue jersey, having first won the crown in Norwich in 2019.

First Over the Line for Ben Swift

Speaking post-race, Swift said:

“I was really looking forward to the race, I’ve enjoyed my time for sure in this jersey. It gives you that extra motivation for sure, it was something that I really wanted to keep and luckily, I’ve got for another eight months in it.”

Neutralised Rollout as the Women enter the circuit in Lincoln

Pfeiffer Georgi stormed to victory in the elite women’s race earlier in the day, coming from a strong 12-rider group that went clear on the first ascent of the Michaelgate climb.

The young rider also won the under-23 championship at the same time as she defeated a crop of experienced riders to take home the jersey. After the race a shocked Georgi said:

“I honestly can’t believe it. I was just crossing the line shaking my head. Just realising that I get to wear the [national champions] jersey for a year, that was pretty special.”

Delayed start, but Peloton exiting Burton all together for the first of eight laps…
Elite and under-23 women’s race

There was a delayed start to the women’s race to ensure everything was in order on the 12.6km circuit of Lincoln; a morning of persistent rain meant the riders were taking corners very tentatively in the opening kilometres.

Lap 2 and an established lead group of around a dozen riders already formed

After one lap, the peloton would arrive together as one into the first ascent of the Michaelgate climb. On the front, recent hour record breaker, Joss Lowden (Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur), side-by-side with Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma).

Lap 2 and the second group are behind the leaders…

Lowden, alongside three teammates (Dani Christmas, April Tacey and Anna Christian), decided that first time around was the right moment to set a tough pace up the climb with the aim of creating a select group, and they succeeded.

Lap 3 with April Tacey (L) & Jos Lowden (R)

At the top of the cobbled climb with one lap complete a total of 12 riders would go clear never to be caught again, eight riders alongside the four riders from Drops-Le Col; Alice Barnes (CANYON – SRAM RACING), Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM), Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma), Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products), Anna Shackley (Team SD Worx), Danielle Shrosbree (Team LDN – Brother UK), Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldse) and Sophie Wright (Alè BTC Ljubljana).

Lap 5 with Pfeiffer Georgi, Sophie Wright & April Tacey
Lap 5 Leading group with Alice Barnes & Anna Henderson

The time gap would grow each time around and up the cobbled climb, and by the time the lead group reached the halfway point in the race (four laps remaining), the group of 12 had over a minute on the peloton behind.

Taking on fuel, Group 2 on lap 5

Various attacks would come and go, a notable one for four riders, however a solo effort by Leah Dixon (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) looked to do the most damage to the time split, but nothing would come of it.

Group 3 on lap 5 with Leah Dixon

At the head of the race and with two laps to go, Pfeiffer Georgi produced the first attack out of the leading group on the climb through Lincoln, with only Henderson and Lowden being able to follow.

Lap 6 with Jos Lowden & Alice Barnes

Behind, it would be Anna Shackley chasing hard to pull back the leading three riders a few kilometres later, Barnes, Nelson, and Wright alongside her making it a group of seven. A brief counter-attack over the top immediately by reigning national champion Alice Barnes was then pulled back.

No signs of the leading group. Here we see groups 2,3 & 4
Lap 6 for the leading riders

The group would become 12 once again towards the end of the penultimate lap, with the remaining five riders re-joining the leaders, and with one lap to go they would cross the line and hear the final lap bell altogether.

On the cobbles for lap 7 and the Leah Dixon group

The final lap saw attack after attack, firstly by Anna Christian at 10 kilometres to go, swiftly chased down by Jo Tindley and Pfieffer Georgi, the pair riding straight past her to launch their own attack.

Another Drops-Le Col attack saw a last-minute dig by April Tacey at three kilometres to go, and she would ride all the way to the lower slopes of the final ascent of the Michaelgate climb on her own.

However, Georgi flew past Tacey, attacking on the right-hand side of the climb – Josie Nelson fighting hard on the left aiming to match her speed.

Only two bike lengths separated them as they turned left onto Wordsworth Street, the final rise with just 100 metres to go to the finish line, and Anna Henderson was just three bike lengths behind Nelson with Joss Lowden chasing down the Team Jumbo-Visma rider.

Pfeiffer Georgi would ride out of sight to take the win in front of a rapturous Lincolnshire crowd, with Josie Nelson finishing second just three seconds behind. Lowden fought hard, pipping Henderson in the final 100 metres to taking bronze, seven seconds behind Georgi.

Champagne Celebrations for the U23 Women

Georgi and Nelson both being under-23 also took the top two steps of that podium, Anna Shackley took home bronze, with the Team SD Worx rider fifth overall ahead of the valiant April Tacey in sixth.

Georgi said:

“I honestly can’t believe it. I was just crossing the line shaking my head. Just realising that I get to wear the [national champions] jersey for year, that was pretty special.

“I’ve been feeling tired the past couple of weeks, so to feel good today and take the win, it was actually really surprising.

“I knew positioning would be key every lap, but I didn’t expect it to be only 12 [riders] by the first lap. I thought it would maybe be halved, but I didn’t think our breakaway would go all the way to finish.

“But that’s the nature of this race, with it being so narrow, cobbled – and yeah it’s always a fight for positions, so you have to be there every lap, and yeah – stay sharp.”

Elite women’s Results

1. Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) in 2:3843
2. Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) +3
3. Joscelin Lowden (Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur) +7

U23 Podium
Under-23 women’s Results

1. Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) in 2:38:43
2. Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) +3
3. Anna Shackley (Team SD Worx) +12

First decent into Burton on slippy wet roads for Cav
Elite and under-23 men’s race

A total of 129 riders started the men’s race in Lincoln, amongst them three previous winners in Mark Cavendish MBE, Connor Swift and Ben Swift.

Lap 1 with Cav near the front on the first pass of Burton Village

The earliest attack came on the first ascent of the Michaelgate climb, a solo effort from Lewis Askey (GROUPAMA – FDJ), who was only 12 when Cavendish won the race in 2013.

Lap 2 and the Peloton are together through Burton

The attack would come to nothing, however the counterattack past Askey by Dan Bigham (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), and Sam Watson (Team Inspired) would spark the first big move of the day.

Lap 3 for the chasing Peloton
On-the-Front. Sam Watson & Dan Bigham

A lap later a further four riders would join them: Harry Tanfield (Team Qhubeka Nexthash), Jake Stewart (GROUPAMA – FDJ), Dan McClay (Team Arkea-Samsic) and Ben Swift (Team Ineos Grenadiers), creating a 15-second gap as they started their sixth lap out of 13.

Tanfield, Swift, Stewart & McClay bridging across

On the seventh lap Ethan Hayter (Team Ineos Grenadiers) rode up the climb with ease and away from everyone else in the peloton, crossing the gap and up to the lead group in no time at all, making it a group of seven.

Chasing Peloton re-forming behind

Behind him Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious), Lewis Askey (GROUPAMA – FDJ) and Connor Swift (Team Arkea-Samsic) also fought hard, joining on the back of the leaders where the numbers would swell to ten. And then ten became 12 as James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) and Sean Flynn (SEG Racing Academy) closed a 35-second gap to join them and one minute five seconds to the peloton.

Rain still dropping on the Peloton mid-race

At the same time up front, Harry Tanfield attacked out the front of the leading group, however he we would be swiftly brought back by Ethan Hayter who was looking mightily strong after taking home two national championship titles this week already in the time-trial and the circuit race.

It would be at the start of lap nine that an attack came from Dan McClay, hurriedly followed by Fred Wright, Ben Swift and Harry Tanfield, and the four riders sparked trouble behind as the remaining riders were left looking at each other, wondering who was going to chase.

A couple of laps of back and forth in the war of attrition that is the national championships, with two laps to go only Ethan Hayter, Lewis Askey, Connor Swift and Sam Watson remained with one new member to the chasing group, Alex Richardson (Alpecin-Fenix), who jumped across to the chasing group on lap 10.

The penultimate time up the Michaelgate climb saw fireworks when Fred Wright decided to show his hand, powering over the cobbles as his competitors fought for the smooth gutter section at the side of the road.

Swift, McClay & Tanfield on Michaelgate Cobbles

Only Swift and Tanfield could follow, Dan McClay suffering for his earlier effort. In the group behind Ethan Hayter barely looked out of breath as he took Lewis Askey over the top of the climb with him, the duo in pursuit of the three riders ahead.

Fred Wright 2nd

Ben Swift went first, Fred Wright chasing his wheel as Tanfield dropped away behind them hugging the gutter for smooth road. The duo pressed on ahead in a thrilling final sprint up the climb, shoulder to shoulder into the penultimate corner and left-hand turn to the 100 metres to go sign.

Ethan Hayter 3rd

Wright was holding his wheel all the way around the final corner and onto the tarmac before his head slumped, absolutely spent, allowing Swift to ride away to victory.

Harry Tanfield 4th

Behind Hayter had flown past Tanfield on the climb in the final metres to steal third, seven seconds behind his teammate.


Swift said:

“I was really looking forward to the race, I’ve enjoyed my time for sure in this jersey. It gives you that extra motivation for sure, it was something that I really wanted to keep and luckily, I’ve got for another eight months in it or something.

“It’s been a bit of a difficult year. I knew coming into this race my form was good, but I’ve had to do it the hard way – I spent most of the day off the front just going from group to group, but yeah I’m made up really!

“It was incredible – it’s been so long since we’ve had really big crowds in British racing, so it was so good to see. Michaelgate’s hard, but those crowds it made it a little bit easier.”

Lewis Askey 5th, but second U23
Wright, Swift, Hayter…
Elite men’s result:

1. Ben Swift (Team Ineos Grenadiers) 3:45:19
2. Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) +2
3. Ethan Hayter (Team Ineos Grenadiers) +7

Askey, Wright & Leo Hayter, U23 Champagne Podium
Under-23 men’s result:

1. Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) +2
2. Lewis Askey (Groupama-FDJ) +24
3. Leo Hayter (Development Team DSM) +1.30

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Women – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Jo Tindley of Team Pro Nortis crossing the line in first winning the Circuit Race National Championships

HSBC-UK British Cycling National Circuit Championships


Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Women – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Jo Tindley of Team Pro Noctis on the podium after winning the Circuit Racing National Championships with Abi Smith of Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank in second and Corinne Side of Team Pro Noctis in third
Press Release; Words by British Cycling, Images by SW Pix
Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Women – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Abi Smith of Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Band leading the main bunch

Jo Tindley secured a stunning solo victory at the HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships in her home city of Lincoln tonight, while Ethan Hayter claimed his second title in as many days following yesterday’s victory in the time-trial.

Updated daily throughout the competition

Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) led from the start and looked assured throughout, with her lead never falling below 20 seconds, while the chasing bunch behind were unable to effectively work together to claw back the deficit.

Having previously worked behind the bar in the pub overlooking the finish line, the hometown rider knew every twist and turn of the technical circuit, and crossed the line arms aloft 1:12 ahead of Abi Smith (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) in second, while Corinne Side secured a second podium place for Lincoln-based team Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen. Despite a collision after the finish line both riders dusted themselves off to collect their first senior national medals on the road.

Speaking after the race, Tindley said:

“If you’re going to do it, you want to do it in front of a home crowd, don’t you? There was quite a lot of drive that kept me going, but it’s not sunk in just yet.

“There are some really good sprinters in the group, and having done some other races this year I knew I couldn’t just handle them, so for me it was either whittling it down and making one big move, or as it happened really early it just lined out and there’s not a lot of rest on this circuit, so I knew I could potentially get away. When the gap happened quite early I had to commit to it, I had no other option.

“I used to work at the pub just here so I know the finish line very well from looking out of the window at it. You always dream it – it’s pretty special.”


Women's Results

1          30        Jo Tindley       Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen  1:07:26.93

2          57        Abi Smith        Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank      1:08:39.84       +1:12.91

3          35        Corinne Side   Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen  1:08:40.48       +1:13.54

4          46        Eluned King    Team Breeze  1:08:41.10       +1:14.16

5          13        Hannah Barnes           CANYON – SRAM RACING   1:08:41.32       +1:14.39

6          49        Josie Nelson   Team Coop-Hitec Products    1:08:41.46       +1:14.52

7          29        Robyn Clay     Otley CC         1:08:42.26       +1:15.33

8          32        Isabel Darvill   Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen  1:08:42.69       +1:15.76

9          45        Lucy Gadd      Storey Racing 1:08:43.22       +1:16.29

10        59        Jenny Holl       TEKKERZ CC 1:08:43.63       +1:16.70

11        3          Hannah Bayes            AWOL- O’Shea           1:08:43.96       +1:17.02

12        44        Beth Morrow   Storey Racing 1:08:44.69       +1:17.76

13        36        Amy Gornall    Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen  1:08:45.51       +1:18.57

14        20        Sophie Lankford         Jadan – Vive le Velo    1:09:11.47       +1:44.53

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Men – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Ethan Hayter of Team INEOS Grenadiers on the podium after winning the National Circuit Championships with Harry Tanfield of Team Qhubeka Nexthash in second and Lewis Askey of Team Equipe Cycliste Continentale Groupama FDJ in third

In a frenetically-paced men’s race a leading bunch of Hayter (Team Ineos Grenadiers), Harry Tanfield (Team Qhubeka Nexthash), Lewis Askey (Equipe Cycliste Continentale Groupama-FDJ), Charlie Tanfield (Canyon DHB Sungod) and Charles Page (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) quickly whittled down the field as riders were lapped and removed from the race.

There was nothing to split the quintet as the bell rang for the final lap and it was Askey who attacked first, but the 20-year-old was unable to get away. As the sprint opened up, Harry Tanfield looked to be the early favourite, but Hayter delivered when it mattered most once more to add another red, white and blue jersey to his collection.

With all eyes now on the prospect of an unprecedented treble on Sunday, Hayter said:

“I managed to get myself straight to the front and I pretty much stayed out of trouble. I knew all these guys were super strong, both Tanfields are strong crit riders, and Lewis and Charles as well. I just tried to not do too much and stay close to the bunch so that the guys would keep working and not attack themselves.

Speaking about the buoyant Lincoln crowd, Hayter added:

“I was loving it to be honest. There were a lot of people shouting my name which was quite strange. It was lined the whole way around, and it’s almost like a go-kart track going around some of the corners, so it’s just really enjoyable.

“I think there’s a bit of pressure on [Sunday] now. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll see what we can do.”

Men's Results

1          40        Ethan Hayter   Team Ineos Grenadiers          1:06:27.11

2          49        Harry Tanfield Team Qhubeka Nexthash      1:06:27.55       +0.442

3          16        Lewis Askey   Equipe Cycliste Continentale Groupama-FDJ 1:06:27.9+0.879

4          11        Charlie Tanfield           Canyon DHB Sungod 1:06:28.21       +1.107

5          27        Charles Page  Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling    1:06:31.63       +4.524

6          5          Matthew Bostock        Canyon DHB Sungod             1:07:28.53       +1:01.420

7          47        William Tidball             Team Inspired 1:07:28.90       +1:01.796

8          55        Joe Holt           Wales Racing Academy         1:07:29.43       +1:02.321

9          56        Owain Roberts            Wales Racing Academy         1:07:29.75       +1:02.642

10        28        Isaac Mundy   Richardsons Trek DAS           1:07:30.01       +1:02.906

11        58        Finn Crockett  Wheelbase CabTech Castelli 1:07:30.20       +1:03.098

12        50        Alec Briggs      TEKKERZ CC 1:07:30.56       +1:03.453

13        64        Matti Dobbins  RT23   1:07:30.77       +1:03.665

14        17        Joshua Tarling            FlandersColor Galloo  1:07:31.11       +1:04.006

15        2          Toby Barnes   Crimson Orientation Marketing RT    1:07:31.44       +1:04.338

16        10        Maximilian Stedman   Canyon DHB Sungod 1:07:32.35       +1:05.244

17        14        Oliver Wood    Canyon DHB Sungod 1:07:47.41       +1:20.303

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Men – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – riders in action with Lincoln Cathedral in the background

HSBC-UK British Cycling National Time Trail Championships


Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Individual Time Trial, ITT Elite Women – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Anna Henderson of Team Jumbo Visma on the podium after winning the Elite Women’s National Time Trial Champioships with Joscelin Lowden of Team Drops Le Col in second and Leah Dixon of Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank in third with Leah Dixon of Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank in third
Press Release; Words by British Cycling, Images by SW Pix

Ethan and Leo Hayter took both the elite and under-23 titles to make it a family affair on the opening day of the HSBC UK | National Road Championships in Lincolnshire, while dominant displays saw Anna Henderson and Anna Shackley also crowned national champions.

Taking place in the picturesque village of Tealby, Lincolnshire, the riders were treated to a challenging course and over 500ft of climbing in each lap, as the county welcomed back the national championships for the first time since 2015.

Elite men
Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Individual Time Trial, ITT Elite Men – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Ethan Hayter of Team Ineos Grenadiers winning the Elite Men’s National Time Trial Championships with Daniel Bingham of Team Ribble Weldtite in second and James Shaw of Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling in third

After an eighth-place finish at last month’s UCI Road World Championships in Flanders, Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) was always going to be the rider to beat in Tealby, and he measured his ride perfectly to take the victory by over 36 seconds.

Hayter led throughout but was pushed hard by the Ribble Weldtite duo of James Shaw and British Hour Record holder Dan Bigham, while Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) finished 17 seconds off the podium in fourth place. Reigning champion Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) was sadly forced to abandon the race.

Hayter had arrived in Tealby early to celebrate Leo’s victory, and even had one eye on his little brother’s time while out on the course.

“I think I was kind of the favourite coming into this but I don’t think Leo really was, so that was a really nice way to start the day to come down and see him. It’s a big shame my family couldn’t be here because my Dad’s actually got Covid – he’s all right, he’s just stuck at home, but I’m sure they’ll celebrate!

“I know what time my brother did and as I came around here with a lap to go I checked and was just about up on him, so I thought I must be going all right!”

Hayter now switches his focus to tomorrow’s HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships race, followed by the road race on Sunday.

“I’ll try my best and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. I just kind of saw it [the circuit race] and thought I’ll enter it for a bit of fun almost as much as anything. I’ll just do what I can – I try to win every race.”

Bigham joining Shaw on the podium capped off an excellent day for British UCI Continental outfit Ribble Weldtite, and the duo were full of praise for the support they have received. Bigham said:

“We’ve had such good support. The partners and the staff and the commitment they’ve put in, that’s why the guys are time-trialling well and racing well, I don’t think we really want for much as a team. Obviously it always helps having a bigger budget and more staff, but on the equipment front I think we’re in a really good spot.”

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 14/10/2021 – British Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Championships – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Elite Men’s Time Trial – Ethan Hayter of INEOS Grenadiers.

1 303 Hayter Ethan Team Ineos Grenadiers 56:41.94
2 304 Bigham Daniel Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 57:18.60 + 36.67
3 312 Shaw James Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 57:31.14 + 49.20
4 305 Wright Fred Bahrain-Victorious 57:59.75 + 17.81
5 302 Archibald John Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 58:40.74 + 58.80
6 311 Swift Connor Team Arkea-Samsic 58:44.49 + 2:02.55
7 308 Quarterman Charlie TREK – SEGAFREDO 59:32.06 + 2:50.12
8 310 Fennell Christopher The Independent Pedaler 59:34.89 + 2:52.96
9 316 Cox Ashley Team Bottrill 00:21.20 + 3:39.26
10 313 Perrett William Spellman – Dublin Port Track T 00:38.11 + 3:56.17
11 321 Gill Michael Saint Piran Development 00:42.82 + 4:00.88
12 318 Lampier Steve Saint Piran 01:28.87 + 4:46.93
13 320 Peckover Oliver SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 01:39.77 + 4:57.83
14 333 Hucks Oliver Nopinz Motip Race Team 01:58.69 + 5:16.75
15 323 Stedman Maximilian Canyon DHB Sungod 02:11.09 + 5:29.15
16 324 Lewis Gruffudd Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 02:21.24 + 5:39.30
17 325 Graham Rupert Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor 02:47.36 + 6:05.42
18 331 Oakes Richard Team Ohten Aveas 03:12.21 + 6:30.27
19 319 Peacock Jordan Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor 03:15.70 + 6:33.76
20 332 Holland Ross Saint Piran 04:07.76 + 7:25.82
21 329 Hutchings Oscar Team Tor 2000 Kalas 05:44.82 + 9:02.89
22 337 Pease Ben Moonglu CC 06:15.16 + 9:33.23
23 338 Skinner George Primera-TeamJobs 06:18.85 + 9:36.91
24 339 Norman Simon Beds Road Race Team 06:43.02 + 10:01.08
25 340 Levick Jack Rose Race Team 06:52.05 + 10:10.11
26 327 Bjergfelt William SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 06:54.54 + 10:12.60
27 334 Petersen Marinus Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor 07:06.61 + 10:24.67
28 335 Avery Joshua Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnFor 08:49.18 + 12:07.25
29 336 Staunton Joe WightlinkWight Mountain CRT. 09:40.51 + 12:58.57

Elite women
Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – British Cycling – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK | National Road Championships – Time Trial – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Anna Henderson of Team Jumbo Visma in action.

Amongst a high-quality field Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma) shone brightest to take the victory with a 56-second margin, having won the under-23 title at this event back in 2019.

Just over 30 seconds separated the top six riders at the half-way point, with Henderson enjoying a slender 15 second advantage over Joss Lowden (Drops-Le Col Supported by Tempur).

Leah Dixon (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) performed brilliantly to set a time of 44:02.80 and occupied the hot seat until Henderson stopped the clock at 43:04.21, before Lowden’s 44:00.39 soon had her looking nervously over her shoulder with three riders to come. However neither Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes or Hayley Simmonds could better Dixon’s result to secure a first national championships podium for the Welsh rider.

Speaking afterwards, Henderson was blown away to have prevailed in such a strong elite women’s field at the first attempt.

“I think it’s more shock than anything. I saw the calibre of the British girls at the Women’s Tour last week and they were on fire, so I’m really proud and happy to come away with the win. I made a good plan with my team and they came over from the Netherlands, so I’m really appreciative of them coming over to give me that extra dimension of support.”

After an anxious wait in the hot seat, Dixon was thrilled to take home a deserved medal from her first national championships time-trial. She said:

“I absolutely loved being in that position! It was a much better ride than I was even expecting so to be even sat in that position at all I was ecstatic. As time was dwindling on and there was more and more of an opportunity of getting a medal that’s when I was getting a bit nervous.

“Me, Joss and Anna are great friends, and me and Joss were joking that our first national series podium was at Klondike GP a couple of years ago and it was in exactly the same order then as it is today! To ride with friends and have them supporting you is just a really nice atmosphere.”


1 405 Henderson Anna Team Jumbo-Visma 43:04.21
2 404 Lowden Joscelin DROPS-LE COL SUPPORTED BY TEMP 44:00.39 + 0:56.17
3 411 Dixon Leah Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 44:02.80 + 0:58.59
4 401 Barnes Alice CANYON – SRAM RACING 44:23.92 + 1:19.71
5 403 Barnes Hannah CANYON – SRAM RACING 44:26.23 + 1:22.01
6 402 Simmonds Hayley CAMS-Basso 44:41.53 + 1:37.32
7 408 Morris Anna AeroLab Ward WheelZ 45:14.10 + 2:09.89
8 412 Storrie Becky CAMS-Basso 45:27.43 + 2:23.21
9 418 George Jennifer Memorial Santos 45:51.42 + 2:47.21
10 421 Berry Charlotte Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – 46:16.12 + 3:11.91
11 409 Clay Alex The Independent Pedaler 46:27.57 + 3:23.36
12 413 Hall Francesca Loughborough Lightning – TRG 47:21.71 + 4:17.50
13 415 Grinczer Natalie CAMS-Basso 47:26.02 + 4:21.81
14 407 Smith Victoria AeroCoach 47:29.39 + 4:25.18
15 410 Christian Anna DROPS-LE COL SUPPORTED BY TEMP 47:39.70 + 4:35.49
16 420 Dickerson Megan SKODA DSI Cycling Academy 48:09.18 + 5:04.96
17 416 Richardson Rebecca Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnFor 48:14.78 + 5:10.57
18 423 Thompson Poppy Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – 48:54.48 + 5:50.27
19 426 Gornall Amy Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – 49:14.45 + 6:10.24
20 419 Lankford Sophie Jadan – Vive le Velo 49:47.12 + 6:42.91
21 425 Richards Rebecca SKODA DSI Cycling Academy 52:49.27 + 9:45.06
22 424 Pittard Laura Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnFor 53:40.94 + 10:36.73 (includes 52 secs late start)
23 422 Marks Amy Team LDN – Brother UK 53:58.00 + 10:53.79

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Individual Time Trial, ITT U23 Men – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Leo Hayter on the podium winning the U23 National Time Trial Champonships with Ben Turner of Trinity Road Racing coming in second and Oscar Onley of Team DSM finishing third
Under-23 men

Leo Hayter (Development Team DSM) took the under-23 men’s crown – and his first national champions’ jersey – by a dominant margin of over 50 seconds, stopping the clock at 38:04.485.

A solo winner at Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 last month, Hayter entered the race in fine form and led throughout, with Ben Turner (Trinity Road Racing) second with 38:57.195 and Oscar Onley (Development Team DSM) rounding off the podium with 39:37.776.

The trio faced a nervous wait as the final riders crossed the line, however the final rider Lewis Askey (GROUPAMA – FDJ) finished just under six seconds slower than Onley, taking fourth place with 39:43.060.

Speaking after the race, Hayter said:

“I’ve actually never been a national champion before. I’ve podiumed five or six times but never won, so it feels really good to finally wear the jersey. It was really interesting – for a time-trial course I was really impressed with it, it had a bit of everything.”

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Individual Time Trial, ITT U23 Men – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Leo Hayter of Team DSM in action

1 108 Hayter Leo Development Team DSM 38:04.49
2 106 Turner Ben TRINITY Road Racing 38:57.19 + 52.71
3 111 Onley Oscar Development Team DSM 39:37.78 + 33.29
4 102 Askey Lewis GROUPAMA – FDJ 39:43.06 + 38.58
5 105 Watson Samuel Team Inspired 40:08.58 + 04.09
6 110 Day Thomas SEG Racing Academy 40:18.47 + 2:13.99
7 109 Rees Oliver TRINITY Road Racing 40:21.95 + 2:17.46
8 123 Knight Oliver AVC Aix en Provence 40:44.16 + 2:39.68
9 103 Gloag Thomas TRINITY Road Racing 40:47.52 + 2:43.03
10 107 Laverick Joseph Axeon Hagens Berman CT 40:51.75 + 2:47.27
11 122 Kimber George Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor 41:13.39 + 3:08.91
12 131 Freeman Aaron Richardsons Trek DAS 41:16.36 + 3:11.88
13 129 Wood George Cycling Sheffield 41:18.01 + 3:13.52
14 115 Giles Jordan Southampton University Road Cl 41:28.37 + 3:23.88
15 133 Tanfield Toby Cleveland Whls RT/Catley Lakem 41:37.37 + 3:32.88
16 104 Wood Harrison SEG Racing Academy 41:53.10 + 3:48.61
17 127 Torrie Timothy TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 41:55.86 + 3:51.38
18 118 Crockett Finn Wheelbase CabTech Castelli 42:01.85 + 3:57.37
19 116 Wilson Joe Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 42:05.82 + 4:01.34
20 125 Rees Joseph BIKESTRONG-KTM 42:07.48 + 4:02.99
21 120 Blain Jamieson BIKESTRONG-KTM 42:11.64 + 4:07.15
22 124 Maclean Logan Wheelbase CabTech Castelli 42:16.25 + 4:11.77
23 113 Robinson Oliver LVIV CYCLING TEAM 42:39.47 + 4:34.98
24 128 Truelove William Wales Racing Academy 42:40.39 + 4:35.91
25 134 Rosie Lee University of Aberdeen 42:47.83 + 4:43.35
26 114 Bramley Travis Nopinz Motip Race Team 42:55.40 + 4:50.91
27 119 Beckett Samuel Wales Racing Academy 42:58.05 + 4:53.56
28 136 Mackie Ewan Cycling Sheffield 43:19.60 + 5:15.12
29 121 Dobbins Matti RT23 43:28.46 + 5:23.97
30 126 Tillett Samuel BIKESTRONG-KTM 43:47.00 + 5:42.52
31 135 Copley Josh TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 44:09.67 + 6:05.18
32 137 Burke Matthew Wales Racing Academy 46:25.72 + 8:21.24

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Individual Time Trial, ITT U23 Women – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Anna Shackley of Team SD Worx on the podium winning the U23 women’s National Time Trial Championships with Pfeiffer Georgi of Team DSM in second and Abi Smith Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank in third
Under-23 women

It was a similarly dominant display in the under-23 women’s category, as Anna Shackley (Team SD Worx) powered to victory by an incredible margin of more than a minute and 34 seconds, finishing in 43:55.84. Well suited to the challenging course, victory capped off a stellar first year as a pro rider for Shackley, following her role supporting Lizzie Deignan at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Following an impressive eighth place finish at the AJ Bell Women’s Tour Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) took second place on the day, finishing with a time of 45:30.37, while Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank’s Abi Smith took third place with 46:25.24.

Reflecting on a landmark 2021, Shackley said:

“It feels really good. I wasn’t expecting that, I’m not usually the best at time-trials but I think I’m starting to enjoy them when they go well! I think that hill in the middle of the lap definitely helped me a lot, but it was a hard course and quite technical with the wind.

“It’s a cherry on top of the cake for this season. It’s been really good, I’ve really enjoyed this year and hopefully next year I can improve as well.”

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 14/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Individual Time Trial, ITT U23 Women – Tealby, Lincolnshire, England – Anna Shackley of Team SD Worx in action

1 202 Shackley Anna Team SD Worx 43:55.84
2 201 Georgi Pfeiffer Team DSM 45:30.37 + 1:34.53
3 204 Smith Abi Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 46:25.24 + 2:29.41
4 212 Tacey April DROPS-LE COL SUPPORTED BY TEMP 46:34.57 + 2:38.73
5 215 Gadd Lucy Storey Racing 46:55.03 + 2:59.19
6 211 Jessett Miriam Vredestein Basso 48:47.00 + 4:51.16
7 217 Miller Tamsin Avid Sport 48:47.36 + 4:51.52
8 213 Hayes Connie AWOL- O’Shea 48:47.47 + 4:51.63
9 208 Morrow Beth Storey Racing 49:26.53 + 5:30.69
10 218 Ellmore Lucy SKODA DSI Cycling Academy 49:40.11 + 5:44.27
11 209 Towers Alice DROPS-LE COL SUPPORTED BY TEMP 49:45.14 + 5:49.30
12 205 King Eluned Team Breeze 49:49.35 + 5:53.51
13 220 Tamplin Anya HuntBikeWheels 49:57.36 + 6:01.52
14 223 Barnes Daisy Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnFor 50:29.91 + 6:34.07
15 219 Watts Lydia AWOL Worx Galliard 51:31.35 + 7:35.51
16 214 Gammons Madeleine Jadan – Vive le Velo 51:44.17 + 7:48.33
17 216 French Olivia SKODA DSI Cycling Academy 52:12.82 + 8:16.98
18 207 Newberry Morgan SKODA DSI Cycling Academy 54:14.35 + 10:18.51

The championships head to Lincoln city centre tomorrow (October 15th) for the circuit races, with the road races to follow on Sunday (October 17th).