RTTC National Closed Circuit Championship (Women)(Antelope RT)(Entries close 22/09/2020)

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  • Date: 11-Oct-20
  • Time: 09:00
  • Distance: 11.7 Miles
  • Course: p/thruxton
  • Closing Date: 22-Sep-20 23:59
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Archibald storms to National Closed Circuit Championship women’s title

  • Published: 11 Oct 20
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Katie Archibald

Katie Archibald (Dooleys RT) stormed to victory by 25 seconds in the National Closed Circuit Championship held over 11.7 miles of the Thruxton circuit.

Archibald, aged 26 and from Scotland, was competing in her first open time trial of the season and completed five laps of the Thruxton Motor Racing Circuit in a winning time of 24 minutes and six seconds.

Great Britain track rider Archibald has seen her season and Olympic dreams put on hold by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, in her first race post-Covid she showed her form in Hampshire recording an average speed of 29.1 miles per hour on her way to victory.

It was Archibald’s second ever open title after also winning the National Circuit Championships in 2018.

After winning the National 50 Championships last weekend and National 10 in August, Emily Meakin (The Independent Pedaler- Nopinz) had to settle for second place on this occasion clocking 24-31.

A close battle for third saw six riders separated by 32 seconds at the finish.

It was Alex Clay (The Independent Pedaler- Nopinz) who continued her consistent season and took her fifth national podium of the season eventually finishing third in 25-14.

She finished just ten seconds quicker than Megan DIckerson (Skoda DSI Academy) in fourth 25-24

Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) failed to finish after completing three of the five laps- her pace was down on the leader but in with a podium chance.

Meanwhile reigning champion and scratch rider Joss Lowden (Drops Cycling) along with Emma Lewis (The Independent Pedaler- Nopinz) were both non-starters.

“It was brilliant fun and I really enjoyed myself,” said Archibald.

“It was windy, not gusty but it worked for me. I was able to get my teeth into the headwind towards the finish line knowing I could look forward to a tailwind on the way back around.

“I really enjoy sporting time trials in particular and like to do them whenever they work with my track calendar.”

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