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Paul Elcock says he peaked at the right time to win the men’s National Circuit Championship at the Thruxton Circuit on Sunday.
The AS Test Team rider hasn’t entered many time trial events this year with his focus being on road and cyclo-cross but he showed his ability here on a closed circuit, quickest by 14 seconds. He covered the 11.8 miles in a time of 22.50.
Elcock said after the win: “I’m really pleased to have taken the win today, it started off windy and it got even windier so it wasn’t easy. It’s not such a technical course but you need to carry your speed through the corners.
“It was tight at the top, especially with the wind. It was different to a normal time trial, some of them require a steadier effort level, but this one – I’ve been doing a lot of cross racing and this has been a bit more like that.
“It’s great be on a course without traffic, you can take the line that you want to. Then it’s just about carrying the speed the best you can, really using the track as much as possible for an advantage.
“Some of the later riders got worse conditions but that’s the lottery of it. You have to make the most of it when it’s
in your favour. I’ll be racing cyclo-cross into January or February to get in shape and then set targets for next year.”
There were discrepancies with the results with officials having to take extra time to check the results but the top three was confirmed.
Chris Fennell of Thanet RC was second in a time of 23.04 and just narrowly missing out on the runner-up spot was Jason Bouttell of Team Velovelocity in 23.05.
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1. Paul Elcock (AS Test Team) 22.50
2. Chris Fennell (Thanet RC) 23.04
3. Jason Bouttell (Team Velovelocity) 23.05