Alice Lethbridge and Marcin Bialoblocki stormed to National 100-mile Championship victories in convincing fashion as the title race was staged by North Lancashire TTA.
Former Polish national time-trialling champion and professional road racer Marcin Bialoblocki – who broke the national 25-mile competition record earlier this season – covered the distance in 3-17-39.
“To win the National 100 was one of my goals for the season so I was pleased to get the win and win my first National title here,” he said.
“The goal was to win and then hopefully break the record - I knew the course wasn’t that fast really, so I was happy to get the win in the end and I gave it my all.” said Bialoblocki.
The NOPINZ rider has set records over various distances in time-trialling, holding the record over 10 and 25 miles, but Adam Duggleby’s 2017 100-mile record of 3-16-51 was a push for Marcin on this occasion.
Bialoblocki only fell short of that record by 48 seconds and added: “I had a problem late on and I couldn’t pedal as strong for the last lap and I was in a lot of pain. I was disappointed because I wanted to beat the previous record from last year and that ended the chance.”
Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) secured back-to-back National 100-Mile Championship titles, only three weeks after winning the National 12-hour Championship.
“I’m really pleased because I haven’t been feeling very well today, so it was just nice to get the win and retain my title – I was pleased because Vicky Gill and Liz Powell also got on the podium and we got the women’s team competition record.
“I had to slow a couple of times for traffic but I was pleased because I was struggling – I don’t know if I’ve recovered fully from the National 12-hour - it was a tough day and I was in quite a bit of pain towards the end so I just had to grit my teeth.”
The time trialling ace crossed the line in 3-51-06 to take the victory ahead of Drag2Zero team-mates Vicky Gill and Liz Powell. The trio also combined to dismantle the previous women’s team competition record by 43-15 with a combined time of 11-43-18.
Lethbridge’s 2018 season has been outstanding so far, and despite the number 13 being unlucky in some people’s eyes, that was the number of victories she made it for the year so far. The year could get better as she might look to take on the National 10, 25 and 50-mile Championships in the next few months.
Back in the men’s race, last years winner Kieron Davies (Drag2Zero) couldn’t match the feats of Alice Lethbridge and retain the title but the Welshman came a close runner up in a time of 3-23-06, a time which would have won last year’s event.
National record holder over the 100-mile distance, Adam Duggleby (Vive Le Velo) finished third to complete the podium, clocking a time of 3-32-42.
In the veteran’s standings, Karen Ledger (Team Bottrill) was on hand for the women’s section whilst Andy Jackson (AeroCoach) was fastest male veteran. Ledger finished fourth overall in 4-00-02 with Jackson in sixth place in 3-35-01.
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