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Despite far from ideal conditions, Rachael Elliott (Drag2Zero) broke her own national competition record for 30 miles in the Leo RC 30-mile time trial on the E2 course near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Matthew Smith (Team Bottrill-HSS Hire) clocked 56.04 to win the overall event which saw heavy rain, but with several riders reporting favourable tailwinds the times were unexpectedly fast.
Smith’s time was just 25 seconds away from breaking Michael Hutchinson’s six-year-old mens’ 30-mile competition record.
Elliott’s time of 1:00.34 sliced almost three minutes of her own two-year-old record, bringing the hour mark tantalisingly close for the future.
The 39-year-old from Newbury in Berkshire, who secured silver in this year’s National 25-Mile Championship, placed 13th overall in a field of 90 finishers, giving her the win on the day in the women’s category by more than nine minutes from Wisbech Wheelers’ veteran Becky Murley.
Smith was pushed all the way by Jason Bouttell (Team Velovelocity) who took second with 56-23, while Stephen Irwin (North Lancs RC) was third, another 29 seconds back.
Among the non-finishers was Smith’s Team Bottrill colleague Stuart Travis, who went off course but reported he was on track for a mid 56-minute time.
With a personal best over 10 miles of 18.03, Smith has posted some fast times in the 2017 season, across a range of distances.
He was fourth in the National 10-mile Championship, and sixth in the National 25.
He was victorious in the CC Breckland 15 back in July, and was also victorious in the VTTA 10 in June, held on similar roads to the Leo RC 30 near Newmarket. He posted an impressive time of 18.17 in that event.
Heavy traffic and the forecast bad weather put many riders off, while National 12-hour champion and national record holder Alice Lethbridge pulled out because of illness, and was one of 56 riders who chose not to ride.
Elliott’s record-breaking victory comes after a season packed with strong rides. Recent victories have included the UTAG RT 10 last week where she was fastest female with a 20-26, as well as being fastest woman with 51-57, giving her eighth overall in the VTTA (Notts and East Midlands) 25.
And she clocked 19.40 in the Team Swift 10 on the South Cave course in East Yorkshire back in August, where she edged out former national competition record holder Anna Turvey by just two seconds.
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Pos Name Team Cat Time
1 Matthew SMITH Team Bottrill / HSS Hire S 56:04
2 Jason BOUTTELL Team Velovelocity S 56:23
3 Stephen IRWIN North Lancashire Road Club V 56:52
4 Pat WRIGHT Paceline RT S 57:24
5 Jonathan WEARS SSLL Racing Team S 57:36
6 Kevin TYE VeloRefined.com Aerosmiths V 58:19
7 James RIX Crawley Wheelers V 58:43
8 Keith LEA Paceline RT V 59:21
9 Joe GORMAN Stevenage CC S 59:23
10 Keith AINSWORTH Sheffrec CC V 59:45
11 Rob PEARS Bath Cycling Club V 1:00:12
12 Jamie WILKINS Veloton S 1:00:15
13 Rachael ELLIOTT DRAG2ZERO W 1:00:34 (Competition Record)
14 Rob YOUNG Team Vision Racing V 1:00:50
15 Henrik PERSSON Kingston Wheelers CC S 1:01:10
16 Mark ELLIS Team Milton Keynes V 1:01:25
17 Michiel VAAL Team Bottrill / HSS Hire V 1:01:28
18 Andy STUART Velo Club St Raphael V 1:01:33
19 Mick HODSON Bedfordshire Road RT V 1:02:01
20 Robert WATSON Team Bottrill / HSS Hire V 1:02:07
21 David RUMM Southborough & Dist. Whs V 1:02:08
22 Iain BOARDMAN Dulwich Paragon CC V 1:02:12
23 Malcolm ROSE Oxonian CC V 1:02:22
24 Keith DORLING Team Bottrill / HSS Hire V 1:02:28
25 Chris POTTER CC Ashwell S 1:02:35
26 Joe LE SAGE Rutland Cycling Club V 1:02:43
27 Ian GREENSTREET Newbury RC V 1:02:49
28 Sean HUNT Lincoln Wheelers CC V 1:03:17
29 Andrew GRANT Cambridge CC V 1:03:26
30 Thomas PFEIFFER Dulwich Paragon CC V 1:03:38
31 Andy LACK Paceline RT V 1:03:42
32 Matt STEEL Shaftesbury CC V 1:03:51
33 Jonathan PONTIN Addiscombe CC S 1:03:56
34 Alastair SEMPLE Stafford RC V 1:04:01
35 = Geoff REYNOLDS Hemel Hempstead CC V 1:04:17
35 = Andrew ASKWITH Bridlington CC V 1:04:17
37 Damon DAY CC Sudbury V 1:04:22
38 Paul FRENCH Bedfordshire Road RT V 1:04:29
39 Andy NEWHAM Lincoln Wheelers CC V 1:04:32
40 Kevin BAUMBER Shaftesbury CC V 1:04:35
41 Michael MARTIN CC Ashwell V 1:05:11
42 James RUSH CC Sudbury V 1:05:16
43 Chris SCAWN Plymouth Corinthian CC V 1:05:21
44 John BRADBURY CC Sudbury V 1:05:34
45 Richard SHELDRAKE Lincoln Wheelers CC V 1:05:38
46 Steve CAVE Wolsey RC V 1:05:39
47 Martin WINTER Twickenham CC V 1:05:45
48 John LACEY Hemel Hempstead CC V 1:05:58
49 Chris TYE Plomesgate CC V 1:05:59
50 Colin LIZIERI Cambridge CC V 1:06:02
51 Ian WROBLEWSKI Lutterworth Cycle Centre RT V 1:06:10
52 Alan CRANE Chronos RT V 1:06:15
53 Richard TULLY Elite Cycling V 1:06:32
54 Roger SEWELL Hounslow & District Whs V 1:07:14
55 Phil BARNES Team Swift V 1:07:16
56 Alister CAMPBELL Eagle Road Club S 1:07:18
57 Chris NUDDS CC Breckland V 1:07:30
58 Roger PORTER Verulam CC V 1:07:44
59 Peter TIBBITTS Ford CC V 1:07:56
60 Nick HANSON Seacroft Whs V 1:08:06
61 Ian MARKHAM Chronos RT V 1:08:12
62 Chris HALL Born to Bike - Bridgtown Cycles V 1:08:21
63 Stuart PLOWS Kettering CC S 1:08:22
64 John MANLOW Ely & District CC V 1:08:31
65 Chris DYASON (58s LS) Cambridge CC V 1:09:32
66 Barrie WHITTAKER Lyme Racing Club V 1:09:37
67 Becky MURLEY Wisbech Whs WV 1:09:39
68 Carl MURLEY Wisbech Whs V 1:09:54
69 Ray RETTER North Devon Wheelers V 1:10:08
70 Mandy BUNN CC Sudbury WV 1:10:10
71 Graham PEPPERDINE VTTA (East Anglia Group) V 1:10:24
72 Cliff VOLLER Newbury RC V 1:10:55
73 Phillip JENKINS Bedfordshire Road CC V 1:10:56
74 Jeremy SAYNOR PMR @ Toachim House V 1:11:16
75 = Sue RUST Kettering CC WV 1:11:19
75 = Bob QUARTON Wolsey RC V 1:11:19
77 Stewart KIRK CC Sudbury V 1:11:52
78 Tracy ROWLINSON Lyme Racing Club WV 1:12:56
79 David GUY OV Cycling Club V 1:13:26
80 Mark FAIRHEAD CC Breckland V 1:13:28
81 Janet FAIRCLOUGH St Helens CRC WV 1:13:56
82 Peter WALTON Hertfordshire Whs V 1:14:36
83 Jon FROST Redmon CC V 1:14:48
84 David ECCLES Redmon CC V 1:16:49
85 Murray KIRTON A5 Rangers CC V 1:18:26
86 Sharon CLIFFORD WCS Racing Team WV 1:20:30
87 Brian MARTIN Ciclos Uno V 1:20:35
88 Sonya HURT Team Bottrill / HSS Hire WV 1:22:50
89 Peter HORSNELL Chelmer CC V 1:26:01
90 Allan RENYARD (16.52 LS) Guernsey Velo Club V 1:39:29
Michael FRY Glendene CC V D.N.F.
Stuart TRAVIS Team Bottrill / HSS Hire S D.N.F.