Lots of Tri(Du)athlon connections in the Women’s National 25-mile TT Champs
South Wales on Saturday afternoon / evening, and the notoriously (potentially) fast R25/3H course in Hirwaun hosted one of the strongest in-depth RTTC National 25-mile Time Trial Championships in recent years. Feedback was that conditions were not ideal for blistering times.
As I’ve highlighted a few times already this year, the medals at the National TT Champs have regularly had strong multisport connections, featuring past or present triathletes / duathletes excelling in the single-sport format. Yesterday followed that trend.
The event was won by defending champion, race favourite and competition record holder, Hayley Simmonds, but behind Hayley there were several recognisable names from the pages of Tri247 very closely bunched.
A super result for @hayleyrsimmonds in the @Cycling_T_T National 25, a resounding win with 50:10 @realteamcycling #aero @WNTTeam pic.twitter.com/eE4f4RKQYt
— AeroCoach Ltd UK (@AeroCoach) August 5, 2017
In second place (and part of the Gold medal winning DRAG2ZERO team), we’re pretty sure that Racheal Elliott is a former Team GB Age-Group Duathlete, who finished sixth at the ETU European Championships in Limerick, Ireland (RESULTS). 51:43 for Rachael yesterday gave her the Silver by just two seconds over Anna Turvey. Anna has an extensive multisport background, earning four medals at ETU / ITU level (PROFILE), before racing in the Commonwealth Games for Scotland in the Time Trial and individual Pursuit. She now races for Ireland.
Silver medal and team gold in the national 25 today. Chuffed to bits doesn't cover it! pic.twitter.com/QB0NcDpnWW
— Rachael Elliott (@rach_e) August 5, 2017
We’ve highlighted Kate Allan this year (interview HERE). After winning the ’50’ and Silver in the ’25’, she missed the podium this time around by just five seconds, recording 51:50, on the same course we she covered in 51:10 just two weeks ago.
4th at today's #National25. A little disappointed but couldn't have given it any more after a testing week. @drag2zero comp/team prize 💥 pic.twitter.com/XiFqyfTKsj
— Kate Allan (@KateAllan16) August 5, 2017
Ninth place went to Molly Patch (53:35), a former British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Duathlon Champion, with the top-10 rounded out by Pro triathlete Kimberley Morrison, who would surely have been faster than her 54:25 clocking had she not dropped her chain within the first 10 seconds of her ride.
first mechanical* at the National 25… #devastated
*Chain dropped off 10seconds in. Kept my head down and got going… finished 10th pic.twitter.com/sBP6TVMtu4
— Kimberley MORRISON (@TriathlonKim) August 5, 2017
RTTC Women’s National 25-mile Time Trial Championships
Saturday 5th August 2017 – R25/3H Course
1st – Hayley Simmonds (Team WNT Pro Cycling) – 50:10
2nd – Rachael Elliott (DRAG2ZERO) – 51:43
3rd – Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) – 51:45
4th – Kate Allan (DRAG2ZERO) – 51:50
8th – Molly Patch (Fusion RT Fierlan) – 53:35
10th – Kimberley Morrison (North Norfolk Wheelers) – 54:25