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Both the men’s and women’s national 10-mile competition records were broken, as Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) clocked 16.35 and Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) clocked 19.08 in the SSLL Racing Team 10-mile event on the popular V718 course in East Yorkshire.
Somerset-based 33-year-old Bialoblocki averaged over 50kph as he stormed to victory and beat Alex Dowsett’s old record by 45 seconds. Pedal Heaven RT’s James Gullen also broke Dowsett’s old record with 17-09 but it was only good enough for second spot on the day and as Bialoblocki had already finished it won’t count as a record.
Turvey took ten seconds off Hayley Simmonds’ women’s record set two weeks ago, and was a convincing win on the day by three minutes.
“We had very good conditions with no wind, so it was ideal,” said Bialoblocki, 33 and from Somerset. “It was maybe a bit slow at the turn because it was a little bit damp, but otherwise perfect.
“My goal was to go under 17 minutes, so I am very happy with my time. I knew I had to go over 50kph.”
Newcastle-based Turvey, 36, will ride for Ireland at the European Championships in France next week.
She said: “I knew that ride was there, I’ve had a lot of bad luck recently with illness and misfortune, but I’ve known that on the right day I had a big ride in me.
“I had a chest infection so I was below par for the National 10 and 25 even though I got second, and I did a 19.27 on this course recent, but had a late start so it didn’t count.
“I only got to the course with 40 minutes to spare before my ride, because there was an accident and also I took a wrong turn and had to detour 20 miles! But it didn’t affect my performance.”
Six riders went under 18 minutes on a near perfect afternoon, which raised an estimated £2,000 for Erb’s Palsy charities, and organiser Simon Beldon said: “It was a superb day. There was very little wind, and what there was was in the right direction so most riders had a tailwind on the way back, which is the longer leg.
“We had a full field of 150 riders, plus reserves, and I had to send back a lot of entries too, so it was a really successful day.”
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1. Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) 16.35
2. James Gullen (Pedal Heaven RT) 17.09
3. Stephen Irwin (North Lancs RC) 17.49
4. Simon Wilson (Secret Training CC) 17.52
5. David Allonby (Springfield Financial) 17.53
6. David Crawley (Velotik RT) 17.54
7. Mark Jones (drag2zero) 18.06
8. Philip Graves (Clifton CC York) 18.19
9. Daniel Barnett (Team Bottrill) 18.26
10. Peter Barusevicus (Wheelbase-Altura) 18.28
1. Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds) 19.08
2. Francesca Rust (Ely and Dist CC) 22.09
3. Joanne Burnett (VC Beverley) 23.00