Current national 30-mile competition record holder Rachael Elliott teamed up with Ian Greenstreet as she begun a comeback to cycling at the Cardiff 100 Miles RCC 15-mile event in Gwent on Saturday.
Elliott, from Newbury in Berkshire, suffered a stroke last year which left her with seriously impaired vision. But the determined 41-year-old is back on a bike, this time as the tandem stoker for Greenstreet.
The pair clocked 33-45 to win the tandem category by 1-21 from Bristol South CC duo Joanna Knight and Andrew Legge, despite riding a borrowed touring machine with clip-on aerobars, rear wheel covers and a front tri spoke.
Knight and Legge rode well, but fell around 30 seconds short of beating the club’s mixed tandem 15-mile record, which is currently held by team-mates Mark Bradley and Kim Smale, who this time placed third with 37-36.
Cwmcarn Paragon’s Chris Smith, the 30-year-old from Gwent, clocked 33-05 to set the fastest time of the day, 41 seconds faster than runner-up Paul Hayward (Pontypool RCC, while Steve Cottington (Bath CC) was another nine seconds back in third spot.
The win was Smith’s first of the year, although he has appeared on a podium already in 2019 as the runner-up in Cardiff 100 Miles RCC’s 9.9-mile event on New Year’s Day.
And in the road bike event victory went to Jake Tay (Severn Road Club) with 42-16, almost seven minutes quicker than runner-up Ian Pontin (Newport Phoenix CC).
The R15/3a course takes riders from a start to the east of Llanennen alongside the A40, up to the dual carriageway and down to a turn at Raglan, where they then head onto minor roads for the journey back north west to the finish.
A strong westerly wind was manageable as most of the course is oriented east-west, except for the western-most couple of miles of the circuit, where a cross wind made things tricky for some. Conditions were sunny dry and fairly warm.
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Posn firstname lastname club cat Time
1 Chris Smith Cwmcarn Paragon Road Club S 33:05
2 Paul Hayward Pontypool Road Cycling Club V 33:46
3 Steven Cottington Bath Cycling Club V 33:54
4 Alex Touche Pontypool Road Cycling Club S 34:38
5 Daniel Kempe Bristol South Cycling Club V 35:39
6 Ryan O'Rourke Cwmcarn Paragon Road Club S 36:15
7 John Aspell PDQ Cycle Coaching V 36:41
8 Sion Gibby Abergavenny RC V 39:21
9 Phil Guy North Shropshire Wheelers V 40:06
10 Jeffrey Rees Gower Riders Cycling Club V 40:18
11 Geoff Edgerton North Shropshire Wheelers V 46:06
Deborah Sheridan Warwickshire Road Club WV DNSa
Chris Goulden Merthyr CC V DNS
Lawrence Cronk SWYD Tri Club S DNS
Allen Janes Bristol South Cycling Club V DNF
Kevin Thomas Pontypool Road Cycling Club V DNS
John J Murphy Gloucester City Cycling Club V DNS
Derek Morgan Gannet CC V DNS
1 Rachael Elliott Newbury RC WV 33:45
1 Ian Greenstreet AeroCoach V 33:45
2 Joanna Knight Bristol South Cycling Club WV 35:06
2 Andrew Legge Bristol South Cycling Club V 35:06
3 Mark Bradley Bristol South Cycling Club V 37:36
3 Kim Smale Bristol South Cycling Club WV 37:36
1 Jake Tay Severn Road Club V 42:16
2 Ian Pontin Newport Phoenix CC V 49:11
Eamonn Sheridan Warwickshire Road Club V DNSa
Tom Ellis Bikestrong-KTM S DNS