Ribble Pro Cycling’s John Archibald stormed to victory in the Men’s National 10-Mile Championship, promoted by Ayr Roads/Fullarton Wheelers on a course near Irvine in Scotland on Sunday.
The 27-year-old from Glasgow gave the home crowds something to cheer about when he clocked 18-18 to take the win by just three seconds from much fancied Marcin Bialoblocki, the national competition record holder over both 10 and 25 miles.
With Simon Wilson third with 18-50 and reigning champion Dan Bigham settling for sixth this year, Ribble Pro Cycling also secured the team prize to add to their two solo podium places.
“I couldn’t have expected to win this, it’s amazing!” said Archibald, who claimed silver in the individual pursuit at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. “ I thought I had a reasonable chance of sneaking a bronze maybe, but I had a good ride and other people didn’t so it all came together.
“I’ve ridden this course before in the icebreaker time trial they have early in the season, but that didn’t give me much advantage as it’s not a difficult course. But they’ve recently resurfaced part of the course which improved it a lot.
“There was a lot of support for me out on the road which was really nice to hear, and on the podium the cheers were something special for me.”
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