Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) won the Women’s National 10-Mile Championship after posting a strong time of 20-26 in the title race near Irvine in Scotland on Saturday morning.
The Newcastle-based 36-year-old former 10-mile competition record holder was 43 seconds quicker than her nearest rival, improving on her fifth place finish in the title race 12 months ago.
She took the win in the Ayr Roads/Fullarton Wheelers promotion ahead of Alice Lethbridge, the 33-year-old from Epsom who had to settle for second once again, but led Drag2zero to the team prize alongside Vicky Gill and Liz Powell.
Third spot went to University of Birmingham student Molly Patch, 23 and riding for Fusion RT, who was exactly one minute behind Turvey and improved from seventh in 2017.
“I’m really pleased to win here, I didn’t expect it,” said Turvey, who had only ridden four open time trials this season prior to this. “I didn’t really know what to expect – I just go into events wanting to do a good ride for me, according to my powermeter.
“It was a fast course, but it was raining and quite windy. There was a headwind to the turn so coming back was nice and fast. I worked really hard to the turn, knowing that it would be good coming back. I put my big chain ring on for the return to make the most of it.”
Reigning champion and current competition record holder Hayley Simmonds was a non-starter following a crash and stitches in her elbow at the Ryedale Grand Prix last weekend, meaning she couldn’t add to her four National 10 titles in a row.
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