Kate Allan (Team Bottrill) clinched her first national title since 2017 after timing her effort perfectly to win the National 50 Mile Championship in North Yorkshire on Sunday morning.
Allan, from Maidenhead, had previously won the National 50-mile Championships in 2017 and after missing out on the 25-mile title last weekend by 11 seconds she won her first title in five years this time out.
Despite windy conditions Allan, aged 37, recorded a winning time of 1-44-55 with an average speed of over 28.5 miles per hour.
The T502/1 saw riders start near Crathorne on the border of County Durham and North Yorkshire.
Competitors headed south into a tough headwind along the A19 over the undulating terrain through Knayton and then around Thirsk before heading onto the A168 for the final stretch towards the turn at Dishforth.
The return journey saw riders greeted by a strong tailwind helping speeds as they climbed back towards the finish outside Kirklevington.
Despite the tough conditions Allan posted a time one minute faster than the 1-45-58 which won her the Cambridge CC 50 earlier this month.
Joanna Patterson (Wahoo Endurance Zone p/b Le Col) was hoping to retain the national 50 crown she won last season, but despite providing a tough battle she fell 39 seconds short of victory finishing second in 1-45-34.
Meanwhile, Jennifer George (The Independent Pedaler - Nopinz) was hoping for more success after winning the National Circuit Championships earlier this month, but she had to settle for third this time out finishing in 1-50-13.
“It was very windy on the outward leg which meant tactics for working out power came into play,” said Allan. “The 50-mile Championships is a distance that plays to my strengths and is my preferred distance.
“When I won the 50-mile championships in 2017 the event had the same starting point but was three or four laps of a course, but it had the same starting point as today.
“Hopefully I’ll next do the 100-mile championships in two weeks’ time and then all being well the 10 towards the end of the season. I would also like to improve by personal best 50-mile time.”
Quickest veteran on scratch was Deborah Moss (Springfield Financial Racing Team) who finished seventh overall in 1-59-18.
Second veteran on scratch was Lucy Rogers (Congleton CC) in 2-02-11 while Joanna Cebrat (Bury Clarion CC) was third (2-04-13).
Abbey Thompson (Stonham Barns Park – SYRT) was quickest juvenile completing the course in 2-22-17.
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