RTTC National Circuit Championship (London East DC)(Women) (Entries close 29/09/20)

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  • Date: 18-Oct-20
  • Time: 09:00
  • Distance: 25 Miles
  • Course: E33/25
  • Closing Date: 29-Sep-20 23:59
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Meakin takes hat-trick of national crowns in National Circuit Championship

  • Published: 18 Oct 20
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Emily Meakin

Emily Meakin led a one-two for team The Independent Pedaler-Nopinz and took her third national title of the season in the National Circuit Championship near Newmarket.

The 33-year-old from Staffordshire was a clear victor by almost a minute over the 25-mile course ahead of team-mate Alex Clay with a winning time of 55 minutes and two seconds.

The circuit championships saw riders complete two laps of a 12.5-mile course starting on the A1303 heading west towards Cambridge.

Competitors then turned south east onto an unclassified road to Six Mile Bottom before turning north easterly onto the A1304 to complete a lap.

Meakin had already won the National 50 and 10 this season along with winning silver medals in the National Closed Circuit Championships last weekend and National 25 last month.

Both riders who had beaten her in national events Katie Archibald and Joss Lowden were absent and scratch rider Meakin took her third national crown in style clocking 55-02.

Team-mate Clay has also had a successful shortened season and clinched her sixth championship medal taking second place in 56-01.

Clay had to see off the challenge of the returning Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) who failed to finish last weekend’s Closed Circuit Championships but finished her season with a fine bronze medal just seven seconds back in 56-08.

Leading veteran was Angela Carpenter (…a3crg) who finished in a time of 58-47 and was the only veteran to break the hour ahead of Sally Turner (trainSharp) 1-00-54 while Jackie Field (CC Ashwell) finished third veteran in 1-01-25.

“It went really well,” said Meakin.

“It was really enjoyable, a nice course with no traffic and everything went well. It was really pleasing to see my power figures and I rode it sensibly putting the power out where I could.

“It was good to finish the season on a high.”

The victory was Meakin’s fourth national podium in as many weeks including wins in the Circuit Championship and National 50 Championship.

“I’ve ridden really well and my results have been good this year,” added Meakin.

“It has been good fun but difficult having a lot of championships together as the events are different and they have different demands.

“With so many events it’s been like an exciting adventure and we’ve basically been living out of the car.”

Meakin and Clay will also be riding the National Hill Climb Championships next weekend but Meakin said they will be riding for enjoyment rather than targeting honours.

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* A full gallery of images from this event by Kimroy Photography is available here