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More National (cycling) championship medals for British Elite triathletes

No strangers to success in a cycling time trial, Kimberley Morrison and George Peasgood earned National Champs medals this past weekend

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More success for Kim Morrison, George Peasgood, Fran Brown and more!

While the weekend was dominated, of course, by news of racing action at the AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, there was plenty happening elsewhere too, which I’m finally (!) starting to catch up.

We’ve featured plenty of news items over the past decade of British triathletes racing in other sports, with national medals in cycling and notably time trials, a regular storyline. It’s not the first time that Kimberley Morrison and George Peasgood have appeared in similar reports. It’s unlikely to be the last.

Kim is never happier than when she is putting out the big watts combined with extreme aero, aboard her new Scott Plasma 6 that we featured recently. While she’ll be back in multisport action this coming Sunday, this past weekend she was racing in the RTTC National Circuit Championship on the NC16N course in Naseby, Northamptonshire.

A silver medal was the reward for her efforts, to Hayley Simmonds, a multiple National Time Trial Championship winner and 2018 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist. That is great preparation for the flat and fast circuit coming up this weekend at the PTO-supported Dorney Lake Triathlon.

1st – Hayley Simmonds (CAMS Racing) -1:17:04
2nd –Kimberley Morrison (DRAG2ZERO) – 1:18:03
3rd – Jennifer George (The Independent Pedaler – NOPINZ) – 1:18:16
=4th – Joanna Patterson (The Independent Pedaler – NOPINZ) – 1:19:03 **

[UPDATE: Thanks to John Dargie, for highlighting Jo Patterson’s ride – Jo is also a triathlete and full-time doctor].

I’m sure that George Peasgood would much rather have been racing on Saturday at the AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Para Series Leeds presented by Volvo, especially after what might well be regarded as his best ever para tri performance three weeks ago in Yokohama, his ankle just not fully ready for running after racing and travel back from Japan.

Well, if you can’t race in your primary sport, then collecting a National Championship in another is not a bad substitute. That was the result of his 29.8km event at the British Cycling Para National TT Championships in Bath.

It’s a busy few days too – as TODAY, George will be racing in the Great Britain team at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. Good luck George!

[UPDATE – With big apologies to her, I hadn’t spotted on first publication of this article that Fran Brown – the 2019 World Paratriathlon Champion in Lausanne (PTS2), was – like George – able to make up for not racing at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Para Series Leeds, by earning British Cycling Para National Gold also].

The depth of of talent across the paratriathlon categories in British Triathlon in exceptional, something I got to witness first hand in Leeds on Saturday. Best wishes to all of the squad as they prepare for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Looking further through the list of results (HERE), I also spotted the name of Ryan Taylor, who was sixth in Rio at the Paralympic Games (PT2). He took the Silver medal in the MC2 category (TT), plus Bronze in the Circuit Race.

There was more silver – two in fact – for Charlie Stanton-Stock (Loughborough Students CC), who finished second in both the Time Trial and Circuit races in the MC3 category.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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