Joanna Patterson (Wahoo Endurance Zone p/b Le Col) smashed the women’s competition record to win the National 100-mile Championship while Jake Sargent (Fulfil the Potential Race Team) was the men’s winner.
Patterson set a new provisional competition record time of three hours, 36 minutes and 31 seconds over the 100 miles.
Her time knocked five minutes and 32 seconds off the previous competition record held by Alice Lethbridge of 3-42-03 set in 2018.
The L10010 saw riders competing out and back along the A66 between Keswick and Cockermouth with riders completing almost four laps of the Cumbrian course.
Patterson, from Renfrewshire in Scotland, recorded an average speed of over 27.7 miles per hour on her way to victory.
The 33-year-old finished second in the National 50-mile Championship last month but was not to be denied this time out finishing 5-44 clear of her nearest rival.
Kate Allen (Team Bottrill) won the National 50-mile Championship and set a personal best time of 3-42-15 which was just 12 seconds slower than Lethbridge’s previous competition record.
Completing the women’s podium positions was Rebecca Anderbury (OxfordTri) who finished in 3-48-32.
Quickest veteran woman was Erica Booth (Lancashire RC) who posted 4-10-06.
“It was good fun out there,” said Patterson.
“At the end of the last 15 kilometres it got tough. It was a good lovely dry and sunny day which was a change from last year when it was pouring down.
“I thought about the record and it was my aim to try and break it but I didn’t think I would by that much as towards the end I got muscle cramps so was not sure I would get it.
“Towards the end it was really hot and I hadn’t drank enough. I held on until the end and did the best I could.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s event Sargent recorded an average speed of over 29.4 miles per hour to record a winning time of 3-23-39.
Sargent, aged 22, from Almondsbury in Gloucestershire, finished fifth in last year’s National 100-mile Championships in 3-27-29 but went nearly four minutes faster on this occasion to take the victory.
At the 50-mile split it looked like a close battle as Sargent posted 1-40-02 which was one minute and 43 seconds quicker than Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz).
However, after winning three national titles already this season Fennell failed to finish as Sargent charged clear to victory.
At the half-way point Tom Hutchinson (Team Bottrill) was 13 minutes and 43 seconds off the pace in 1-53-45 after 50 miles.
However, timing his effort perfectly Hutchinson came powering back finishing in 3-28-04 to reduce his deficit to 4-25 to take second.
A close battle for third saw Alexander Royle (Manchester Bicycle Club) post a time of 3-30-37 which was just 19 seconds quicker than fastest veteran Marcel Schubert (Darlington Cycling Club) in 3-30-56.
“I’m really pleased with that,” said Sargent.
“It’s a complete surprise to be honest with the form Chris (Fennell) is in I thought he would put up a really strong fight.
“The ride could not have gone better for me, it went perfectly. The course doesn’t offer much recovery and it got really warm towards the end but I just had enough left to finish the ride off.”
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