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.