Competition record holder Marcin Bialoblocki (NOPINZ) powered to victory in the National 50-Mile Championship in Leicestershire, turning in the second fastest time ever recorded.
After having clocked 1-30-31 earlier this summer to set a new national record, the 34-year-old Polish ace - who now lives in Somerset – clocked another stunning time of 1-33-38 to take victory in the 2018 title race.
He was 3-40 quicker than runner-up Chris Bartley (AS Test Team), while Adam Duggleby (Vive le Velo) was third, another minute off the pace.
“It was a good ride, I had good legs,” said Bialoblocki, who had to settle for second at the National 10. “I had problems at the national 10, but I have trained hard and it paid off.
“This is a fast course on the way out, and on the way back with the headwind it was still fast but hard, the legs really had to put some work in. But I was pleased with my power output which was about 394.”
While Bialoblocki won the solo award, the men’s team prize went to the Team Bottrill-Vanguard trio of Stuart Travis, fifth with 1-40-01, Brett Harwood, 14th with 1-43-21, and Graham Kemp who clocked 1-46-22 for 25th overall.
The title race was due to be held earlier in the year, but emergency roadworks on the course forced organisers to postpone the event until now.
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