Emily Meakin clocked 20-45 on her way to the National 10-Mile Championship title in Berkshire on Sunday, and led The Independent Pedaler to the team prize too.
The 31-year-old from Staffordshire was 12 seconds quicker than team-mate Alex Clay in second, while third place went to Drag2zero rival Kimberley Morrison with 21-12 at the event promoted by Newbury Velo and sponsored by Merlin Cycles.
Alongside Meakin and National 100 runner-up Clay, Emma Lewis was tied seventh and completed the winning team with 21-47 for a total time of 1-03-29.
Based on the A4 to the east of Hungerford, the event used the H10/3r course which heads east towards Newbury before turning back for home.
Defending champion Joss Lowden (Drops Cycling) was among a few non-starters, having crashed in a 50-mile time trial two weeks earlier. While she is back on her bike she has lost form and chose not to compete, leaving the way clear for Meakin to add to the National 25-Mile Championship title she won in 2019.
“It’s been an amazing day, Newbury Velo have done so well with the organisation, it’s been very professional and safe,” said Meakin. “And Aaron and Craig from The Independent Pedaler have been great looking after us all, it’s gone really well.
“I didn’t have a time in mind, I was just focussed on power and my own exertion, because you can’t compare a day to a day and a course to another course.
“We came down yesterday and all had a recce of the course and looked at how best to ride it. It felt quite windy on the day, and it was a cross wind too.
“Any championship is a target, but the ten was a huge target for me. Usually I go for longer distances, but a championship is a championship. You just want to perform the best you can and do yourself proud.
“The team prize was a massive target too, we’re so proud to ride for the Independent Pedaler.”
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