RTTC National Circuit Championship / Merlin Cycles Classic Series (5 of 6)(South East Midlands DC)( Road bikes only)(Entries close 11/05/21)

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  • Date: 06-Jun-21
  • Time: 09:00
  • Distance: 32.5 Miles
  • Course: NC16N
  • Closing Date: 11-May-21 23:59
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Peacock and Richardson charge to road bike wins in National Circuit Championship

  • Published: 06 Jun 21
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Jordan Peacock

Jordan Peacock (Spirit Tifosi RT) took victory in the road bike category at the RTTC National Circuit Championship incorporating round five of the Merlin Cycles Classic Series, while Rebecca Richardson (Team Brother UK) won the women’s event.

Meanwhile, Jude Chamberlain (Team Jewson - MI Racing ~Poly Pipe~McCann) took honours in the junior’s road bike event.

Road rider Peacock, aged 26, from Welford, in Northamptonshire, used his experience of the local roads to clock a wining time of one hour, 14 minutes and three seconds.

The NC16N course saw riders complete three laps of a loop around the rural roads of Northamptonshire starting and finishing in Naseby.

Completing a rectangle course riders headed out towards Clipston and Sibbertoft on minor roads before joining the A5199 for a short section before turning off before Welford and following the River Avon back to the finish.

Rebecca Richardson

On the roads close to his home Peacock clocked an average speed of over 26.3 miles per hour finishing 19 seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Hill climb specialist and former National Hill Climb Champion, Adam Kenway (Team Brother UK) showed his speed on flatter terrain to take second in 1-14-22.

Meanwhile, Mickey Mottram (Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus) completed a closely fought podium placing third in 1-14-49.

Chamberlain clinched his first national title in the junior event and boosted his Merlin Cycles Classic Series hopes with a winning time of 1-20-09 beating Thomas Heighton (Ferryhill Whs) into second (1-34-57).

Richard Todd (Onyx RT) was quickest road bike veteran on scratch taking fourth place overall in 1-15-42 beating Ian Hope (Team Solo Vinci) into second (1-16-07) while Piers Curle (Onyx RT) was third veteran in 1-17-16.

“It went really well,” said Peacock.

“I didn’t think I had paced it very well and on the last lap I was hanging on which I think was down to fatigue.

“I’ve only ever done club 10s so I hadn’t ever done anything that long before. I definitely couldn’t go as hard as I could normally over 10 miles and I was a bit worried I had gone off too hard.

“I literally live in a village on the circuit, so I had family and friends there which was good. Normally I just focus on road racing, but everybody is telling me I should do more time trials.”

Taking her first national jersey in the women’s event hill climb specialist Richardson clocked a winning time of 1-23-59.

Richardson also boosted her hopes in the Merlin Cycles Classic Series after winning the second round in April.

Joanna Blackburn (Team Bottrill) took second on this occasion over a minute back in 1-25-01 while Louise Hart (Royal Dean Forest Cycle Club) finished third (1-28-11).

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