RTTC National 25 mile Championship (Dundee Thistle)(Women)(inc. Scotland DC Champs.)(entries close 01/08/23)

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  • Date: 26-Aug-23
  • Time: 07:00
  • Distance: 25 Miles
  • Course: WE25/03
  • Closing Date: 01-Aug-23 23:59
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Allan leads Team Bottrill clean sweep in women’s RTTC National 25 Mile Championship

  • Published: 26 Aug 23
  • Written By: Snowdon Sports
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Kate Allan clinched her maiden women's National 25-mile Championship title and led a one-two-three for Team Bottrill, during an early Saturday morning in Scotland.

Allan, aged 38, recorded an average speed of 28.8 miles per hour on her way to recording a winning time of 52 minutes and five seconds, in the Dundee Thistle organised event.

Competitors started outside Forfar, in Angus, Scotland, before firstly heading down the A90 to Glamis Junction - coming within the opening two miles.

Kate Allan
Kate Allan

Riders then headed back on the A90 in a north-easterly direction past the stat/finish area passing Millton of Finavon to the junction at Brechin Castle Country Park.

The last 10 miles saw competitors battle back up the A90 before exiting for the finish back outside Forfar.

Allan, from Maidenhead, won the National 50, 10 and Closed Circuit Championship titles last season during a standout year.

She also finished second in last year’s National 25-mile Championship, missing out on the title by 11 seconds.

However, she was not to be denied this year with her time 1-16 quicker than Team Bottrill team-mate Alex Clay (53-21).

Completing the podium positions during an emphatic display for Team Bottrill was Emily Martin who stopped the clock in 54-16. Unsurprisingly the trio also led Team Bottrill to the team award.

Team Bottrill
Team Bottrill won the team award

The result comes after Allan and Clay crashed out of the National 50-mile Championship last month resulting in both missing the National 100.

“I’m very pleased, especially given the circumstances of the season,” said Allan.

“I’ve never actually won the National 25 so it’s brilliant. It was an early morning start and long trip up here, but from a riding perspective it was a smooth, flat and straight dual carriageway.

“Driving it yesterday it felt like it would be faster than it was on the day. From a personal perspective I put down consistent power and I was pretty smart with putting down power when it was needed.

“I managed to stay upright, unlike in my National 50 result. I did everything I possible could do, had a good ride personally and I’m really pleased.

“Also to take the Team Bottrill team prize with a one-two-three which I’m absolutely overjoyed with. Especially as Alex (Clay) also fell in the National 50. It’s awesome to see her back riding as well.”

Quickest veteran on scratch was Kim Barfoot-Brace (Team Bottrill) in 57-52 ahead of Lorna Breetzke (Vanelli-Project GO) 58-06, and hosting club rider Margaret McMillan (1-00-47).

Pictures by Kimroy Photography. Full gallery here

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