Both the men’s and women’s National 25 Mile Time Trial Championships took place at the weekend. The men’s course was held in Norwich on the A11 dual carriageway on Sunday. The course was relatively flat, with only 150 metres of ascent. The best riders from around the country turned up including the current champion Ryan Perry, who earlier in this year stood on the podium next to Alex Dowsett.
Jack English was the only rider representing Guernsey and the Morgan Sharpe pb Adventure Cycles development team. Also present was Jersey’s top time trialist, Jack Rebours. English started 46th out of the 160 competitors; on the first leg of the course English set a strong pace catching his minute man after less than four miles and averaging just under 34mph to the turn point. The return leg would mean that competitors would see the reverse effects, battling a tricky head wind. English fought well and managed to maintain over 27mph for the remainder of the race.
English held second place for a long time, only as the seeded riders’ times began to come in, his position was knocked back. English finished 22nd overall with a time of 49:45, making him the quickest ever Guernsey rider by over a minute and beating the Jersey hopeful by over two minutes.
The Women’s National Championship race was held the day before in Peterborough on a rolling course which saw the riders having to negotiate some 17 roundabouts over the two laps. Headlining the race was British Champion, Hayley Simmonds who, in the last 8 days had broken the National 10, 25 and 50 mile National Records, also riding was multiple World Champion; Dame Sarah Storey, who was using the race as part of her pre- Olympic preparations, together with 4 members of her Podium Ambition team.
Karina Bowie, Dianne Tierney and Alison Torode were all riding from Guernsey in the still and hot conditions which saw temperatures rise to 33 degrees during the race. Bowie paced her race well and caught both her one and two minute riders during the first lap, she was delighted to win the Age Group National Title in a time of 1.01.57, while both Dianne and Alison, who were riding in their first National Championship race finished in times of 1.07.04 and 1.10.23 respectively.