Saturday 12th September saw the running of VTTA National 10 Mile Championships by London & Home Counties Group with generous support from title sponsor Snug Kitchens and NoPinz.

The event was on the H10/3A course, west of Newbury in Berkshire. Riders were faced with a testing but fair course with its fair share of undulations and sweeping turns. It was last used as a championship course in the CTT National 10 in 2009. Warm conditions were slightly muddied by a stiff westerly breeze making the return leg tough for those who had put a little too much effort in to the first half.

The overall men’s championship title went to the on form Richard Oakes (Team Ohten Aveas; Notts & East Midlands Group). The 51 year old, perhaps better known for his world class performances on the track, put in a blistering scratch time of 19:49 to earn him a plus of +7:05. It should be noted that the only time a rider has gone faster on scratch on the course was Michael Hutchinson, at the peak of his career, when he won the CTT National 10 in 2009 with a time of 19:34.

The silver medal went to Mark Vowells (CC Bexley; Kent Group) whose trike time of 25:20 equated to a plus of +6:49. The bronze medal went to a regular face on the podium, Keith Ainsworth (Sheffrec CC; North Midlands Group). Keith's scratch time of 21:10 equated to a plus of +6:43.

The women’s championship was won by last year’s champion, Angela Carpenter (...a3crg; Wessex Group). The 51 year old has been on a fast improvement curve recently, and posted a fast 20:xx ride just the weekend previously. Carpenter was the only female rider to dip below 23 minutes (no mean feat on this course) to take the crown with a plus of +6:14.

The silver medal in the women's competition went to local rider Melanie Sneddon (TORQ Performance, London & Home Counties). Melanie's ride of 23:01 earned her a plus of +5:35 to narrowly push Jo Buckland (FTP Racing, South Wales) into the bronze medal position with a plus of +5:32 (23:49).

Amongst the tandems, the pairing of Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott (Aerocoach; London & Home Counties) took the honours with their scratch time of 20:02 giving them a plus of +6:43. Special mention to the only other tandem competition of the day, Mary Corbett and Norman Harvey. With a combined age of 150, the pair managed a sub-30 time on their tandem trike, earning them a national age record.

The VTTA Group competition was won by Wessex Group (Angela Carpenter, Neil Mackley and David Shepherd) with a combined plus of +18:04. The same trio also took the club team gold medals for ...a3crg.

A socially distanced presentation with the National Secretary was carried out with the Champions.

The group would like to give a huge thank you to Newbury Velo whose organisation and huge squad of volunteers helped make the event the huge success it was. 

You can view the men's results page here and the women's results page here.