Joscelin Lowden rode to a clear victory in the women’s National 10-Mile Championships and led The Independent Pedaler to a provisional competition record.
Meanwhile Thomas Day (Giant CC Halo Films) took the junior men’s title and Elynor Backstedt (Storey Racing) added the junior women’s title to her growing collection.
Lowden, aged 31 and from Brighton, missed last week’s 25-Mile Championships as she was riding the Tour of Norway on the road, but returned to take a win by 19 seconds.
The E2/10 course saw riders complete an out and back loop down the A11 near Cambridge.
Lowden recorded an average speed of over 30 miles per hour to clinch the title in a time of 19 minutes and 42 seconds.
Reigning champion Anna Turvey (Drag2Zero) relinquished her crown and had to settle for second with a time of 20.01, while Neah Evans (Team HUUB) and Emily Meakin (The Independent Pedaler) tied for third on 20.08.
“I’m delighted and really pleased with my ride today,” said Lowden.
“I had no issues, good power and the conditions were just what I wanted. I had no expectations coming into the race as I hadn’t ridden my time trial bike since the end of June.
“I went out hard and then saw if I could hold it on the way back. It was really hard on the way out and I don’t really ride flat courses and do more lumpier ones, so I thought it was fast.
“I had absolutely no idea what time I was going to do. I knew I had been riding good power on my road bike at the moment, so I was trying to transfer that onto my time trial bike.
“There was so much good competition today and so many good women, so I was surprised and very pleased to win.”
Lowden led The Independent Pedaler to team gold and a new provisional competition record of 1:00.07. She was joined by team-mates Meakin and sixth-placed Emma Lewis.
“I missed the National 25 so it was good to come back and it all came together, so it was a good day,” Lowden added.
“I love time trial events as there is such a good atmosphere so the more I can fit in the calendar the better really.
“I went to Norway and was feeling unwell but I got better and better each day and finished the event feeling strong.
“So I wasn’t worried about the fatigue and put in some good sessions this week to get the legs firing. I’m coached by Sean Yates and he seems to get it right when it matters.”
Day led the junior men home in a time of 18.46, some 10 seconds faster than second-placed finisher Oliver Knight (HMT Hospitals Giant Cycling Team). Meanwhile National Youth 10 Champion Josh Charlton (Hetton Hawks CC) finished third in 19.00.
Storey Racing rider Backstedt continued her dominance in the Junior Women’s 10 Championship finishing over a minute faster than her nearest rival in a time of 20.40.
She was chased home by her team-mate Caitlin Peters (21.45) while Sophie Lewis (Cycle Team Onform) clinched third in 22.20.
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