RTTC National 100 Mile Championship (South Wales DC) (Entries close 06/06/21)

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  • Date: 04-Jul-21
  • Time: 06:00
  • Distance: 100 Miles
  • Course: R100/8A
  • Closing Date: 06-Jun-21 23:59
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Team-mates Fennell and Patterson storm to victories in National 100 Mile Championship

  • Published: 04 Jul 21
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Joanna Patterson

The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz team-mates Christopher Fennell and Joanna Patterson took their first National 100 Mile Championship titles in South Wales on Sunday morning.

Riding in her first open 100 event, Patterson finished eight minutes clear to take her first national title over any distance.

She also led The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz to a provisional women’s team competition record alongside Alex Clay and Jennifer George.

Meanwhile, in the men’s event Fennell has multiple national crowns to his name but took his first National 100 Mile crown also finishing eight minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

FTP Fulfil the Potential Racing were men's team winners, with Jake Sargent, Tim McEvoy and Arthur Franklin forming the winning trio.

Patterson, aged 32, from Glasgow is relatively new to the sport having only competed in her first open time trial in April 2019.

After finishing fourth in the National Circuit Championship earlier this season and fourth in the National 50 last year it was her first attempt over the 100-mile distance.

A change from the initially planned course saw the event use the R100/8A with riders completing four laps of an out and back course between Abergavenny and Mitchel Troy starting and finishing near Raglan.

Patterson put in a consistent performance clocking a winning time of three hours, 42 minutes and 35 seconds- which was the fourth fastest recorded in the competition records.

The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz team-mate Alex Clay finished second in last year’s National 100 and repeated that result this time out finishing in 3-50-39.

Also taking part in her first National 100 was Lizi Duncombe (Socks4Watts Race Team) who finished third, taking her first national medal clocking 3-54-41.

Chris Fennell

Quickest veteran woman on scratch was Lauren Davies (AS Test Team) whose time of 4-16-23 was less than a minute quicker than Marianne Holt (Fareham Wheelers CC) (4-17-16).

“It was a nice surprise to get my first title and I didn’t think I was capable of that,” said Patterson.

“I rode a couple of national events last year when I came into time trialling.

“It was good as I’d never ridden a 100 before so it was a bit of the unknown, I did enjoy it and it turned out well in the end,” said Patterson.

“The last month or so I’ve changed my training to focus on the 100 and I had only ridden that distance once before but not at the same intensity.

“My coach and team gave me a power to go out at and try and build on that. I went out and then just held on to my power.

“The conditions were a bit mad, at the start it was pouring with rain so I didn’t wear my visor and there was a bit of flooding on the first lap.

“There was a mixture of rain and sunshine during the event and towards the end the roads were dry.

“This year I am aiming for the 25, 50 and 10 and go there with the team to try and get more team prizes.

“The National 24-hour sounds daunting but the 12-hour is possible but I will have to spend long hours on the bike to feel comfortable.”

In the men’s event Fennell maintained his perfect season taking his 11th win in a time of 3-18-18.

Fennell’s time was the third fastest recorded in the men’s competition records.

Behind Fennell a tight battle developed for the remaining medal positions with the next four riders separated by less than a minute.

Adam Duggleby (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) finished third in the National 100 Championship last season and went one better on this occasion leading the chasing pack taking second in 3-26-41.

Just two seconds behind Ross Holland (Saint Piran) finished third (3-26-43) while Phil Williams (Team Bottrill) missed the medals by just two seconds stopping the clock in 3-26-45.

Quickest veteran on scratch was Tim McEvoy (FTP Fulfil The Potential Racing) whose time of 3-29-44 was good enough for seventh overall.

Paul Burton (Paceline RT) was second veteran on scratch in 3-36-19 while Anthony Jones (VMCC powered by Y Beic) was third in the age category (3-39-03).

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