This weekend 8 Guernsey riders took part in the UCI World Cycling’s Tour of Cambridge time trial event. This is a new event that's been added to the UK calendar and gives all different age categories the chance to qualify for the UCI Amateur World Championships to be held in Denmark later this year.
The event covered 17 miles of an out and back circuit, which was quite rolling and technical, the type of course you would see the professionals ride in the World Championships rather than the usual time trial courses.
The event started at Peterborough showground with 700 riders taking part starting at 30 second intervals on a professional indoor start ramp, running race commentary, superb timing facilities and the luxury of racing on closed roads.
The first 10 miles were pretty much into a block head wind so these had to be hit full gas. On the return the riders were rewarded with a great tail wind so were able to take full advantage of riding in their best aero position.
Three of the 8 riders have qualified for the World Championships to represent Great Britain in Denmark in September.
Karina Bowie won the Gold medal in her category with a convincing win of over 34 seconds from her nearest rival Born to Bike rider Helen Eborall who took Silver and Cambridge rider Christina Cork taking Bronze and completing the Podium. Bowie said, “My hope was to come here today to try and gain qualification for the World Championships, but to come here and take the win as well has been the icing on the cake for me. I had to make the hard decision earlier on this year whether to ride in the Island Games or to concentrate on the National Championships and World qualifier event. I know that my strength is in my time trialling and not road and criterium racing and so therefore made the difficult decision to pull out of the running for the Island Games this time around.”
Aaron Bailey finished in 4th position in his category and 22nd position overall amongst the 700 starters which was a fantastic achievement for the day and also with Anthony Bleasdale finishing within the top 25% of his category both also secured qualification for the World Championships in Aalborg, Denmark in September. Bleasdale said after the event, “the conditions on the race day were significantly harder than the day before during practice, and I ended up racing with no power data, having had an issue with my computer just moments before the start. This meant I had to ride the race the old fashion way, on heart rate and feel, riding hard enough to make it really hurt and then try and hang on like that until the finish” a tactic that obviously worked and has gained him an opportunity to ride in the World Championships.