RTTC National 25 mile Championship (North DC) (Women)(entries close 13/07/21)

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  • Date: 08-Aug-21
  • Time: 09:00
  • Distance: 25 Miles
  • Course: L2529
  • Closing Date: 13-Jul-21 23:59
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Simmonds victorious in Women’s RTTC National 25 Mile Championship

  • Published: 08 Aug 21
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Hayley Simmonds

Hayley Simmonds (CAMS Racing) added another national title to her collection winning the Women’s RTTC National 25 Mile Championship by over a minute.

The 33-year-old recorded an average speed of over 29.8 miles per hour in wet conditions to win in a time of 50 minutes and 19 seconds.

Simmonds, from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, won the National 25 in 2016, 2017 and 2018 before missing 2019 and suffering an injury last season.

She added the 2021 title to her National Team Time Trial and National Circuit Championship crowns already won this season.

“It was really good and I felt good today,” said Simmonds.

“It was nice to get a good margin in the women’s event and also beat the winning junior man by one second which was also quite nice.”

The L2529 sees riders start outside Keswick before heading on the A66 out and back to Cockermouth and back with a section running alongside Bassenthwaite Lake.

Scratch rider Simmonds won the C.C Breckland 25 on her last outing posting 51-27 but went over a minute faster on this occasion to win in a season-best open time of 50-19.

Alex Clay finished third in the National 25 Mile Championship last season and went one better on this occasion leading The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz charge taking second in 51-27.

Meanwhile, after winning the National 100 Mile Championship last month Joanna Patterson (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz) took another national podium placing finishing third in 52-07.

Despite suffering a puncture resulting in a wheel change and a host of lost time Jennifer George came home in 1-19-42 for the third counting rider to give The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz the team prize.

Sally Turner (trainSharp) was the quickest veteran on scratch posting a time of 54-56 for seventh overall.

Erica Booth (Lancashire RC) was second veteran on scratch in 56-38 while Deborah Moss (Team Merlin) was third in the age category (57-31).

“It’s nice to be able to get the National 25 title back,” added Simmonds.

“I’m really happy with the ride. The road is quite nice and generally quite a good surface, there are two roundabouts but generally it’s quite a quick course,

“There is a section in the middle where the two carriageways split which is a little bit windy but otherwise it’s quite a good power course.”

Simmons will be looking to add the National 10 Mile Championship to her collection in September while also planning to compete in local events.

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