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HSBC UK | National Circuit Race Championships: report and results

Report and results from the HSBC UK | National Circuit Race Championships, 15 October 2021

Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) was the king and queen of Lincoln Castle on Friday night as they were crowned the new National Circuit Race Champions.

Read more about the course in our race preview here.

Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Women – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Jo Tindley of Team Pro Noctis crossing the line in first winning the Circuit Race National Championships

Women’s race

Hometown girl Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) took a commanding – and very popular – in the women’s race.

The pace was furious from the off, with the race already split into several groups after lap one. Tindley broke clear not long after and slowly built up an unassailable lead.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Women – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Abi Smith of Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Band leading the main bunch

Behind, a group containing many of the pre-race favourites, such Abi Smith (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank), El King (Team Breeze), Hannah Barnes (Canyon//SRAM) and Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) tried to keep Tindley in check, but with the several of Tindley’s teammates in the chasing group, it wasn’t easy to form a coordinated chase. Smith, Barnes, Nelson and Lucy Gadd (Storey Racing) were amongst the chasers who tried attacks but each time they were foiled.

Tindley had time to celebrate in front of the home crowds as she crossed the line on the tight, twisty technical finish on the cobbles.

Behind, Smith won the sprint for second, but crashed into the feet of the barriers just after she crossed the line, taking down third-placed Corrine Side (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) in the process. Both riders recovered enough for the podium celebrations, the adrenalin getting them through. Hopefully, their injuries are superficial enough for them to take part in Sunday’s road race.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Women – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Jo Tindley of Team Pro Nortis crossing the line in first winning the Circuit Race National Championships

Speaking after the race, Tindley said:

“If you’re going to do it, you want to do it in front of a home crowd, don’t you? There was quite a lot of drive that kept me going, but it’s not sunk in just yet.

“There are some really good sprinters in the group, and having done some other races this year I knew I couldn’t just handle them, so for me it was either whittling it down and making one big move, or as it happened really early it just lined out and there’s not a lot of rest on this circuit, so I knew I could potentially get away. When the gap happened quite early I had to commit to it, I had no other option.

“I used to work at the pub just here so I know the finish line very well from looking out of the window at it. You always dream it – it’s pretty special.”

Results

Rank#RiderTeam NameTimeGap
130Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen1:07:26.09
257Abi SmithTeam TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank1:08:39.08+1:12.91
335Corinne SidePro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:40.05+1:13.54
446Eluned KingTeam Breeze1:08:41.01+1:14.16
513Hannah BarnesCANYON – SRAM RACING1:08:41.03+1:14.39
649Josie NelsonTeam Coop-Hitec Products1:08:41.05+1:14.52
729Robyn ClayOtley CC1:08:42.03+1:15.33
832Isabel DarvillPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:42.07+1:15.76
945Lucy GaddStorey Racing1:08:43.02+1:16.29
1059Jenny HollTEKKERZ CC1:08:43.06+1:16.70
113Hannah BayesAWOL- O’Shea1:08:43.10+1:17.02
1244Beth MorrowStorey Racing1:08:44.07+1:17.76
1336Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:45.05+1:18.57
1420Sophie LankfordJadan – Vive le Velo1:09:11.05+1:44.53
All other riders DNF

Men’s race

Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers), winner of the National Time Trial Championships on Thursday, set himself up for a historic treble by winning the National Circuit Race crown in the centre of Lincoln.

The pace was frenetic from the gun, with Harry Tanfield (Team Qhubeka Nexthash) in particular driving the pace in an effort to whittle the bunch down early on. It worked. An attack from Charles Page (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) then sparked the winning move, which also contained Hayter, Harry Tanfield, his brother Charlie Tanfield (Canyon DHB Sungod) and Lewis Askey (Equipe Cycliste Continentale Groupama-FDJ).

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Men – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Harry Tanfield of Team Qhubeka Nexthash in action

Behind, a chase group formed of around 12 riders. From that group, Toby Barnes (Crimson Orientation Marketing), Max Stedman (Canyon DHB Sungod) and Isaac Mundy (Richardsons-Trek) were all active, but they never looked close to pulling back the five leaders.

There was nothing to split the quintet as the bell rang for the final lap. Askey attacked first, but the 20-year-old was unable to get away. As the sprint neared, Harry Tanfield dashed to the front before the technical section to the finish line and for a moment it looked like no-one would be able to come around him. But somehow ghosted past him with some deft manoeuvring taking him to the line first.

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 15/10/2021 – HSBC UK British Cycling Championship, Road. Circuit Race, Men – Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England – Ethan Hayter of Team INEOS Grenadiers winning the National Circuit Championships

With all eyes now on the prospect of an unprecedented treble on Sunday, Hayter said:

“I managed to get myself straight to the front and I pretty much stayed out of trouble. I knew all these guys were super strong, both Tanfields are strong crit riders, and Lewis and Charles as well. I just tried to not do too much and stay close to the bunch so that the guys would keep working and not attack themselves.

Speaking about the buoyant Lincoln crowd, Hayter added:

“I was loving it to be honest. There were a lot of people shouting my name which was quite strange. It was lined the whole way around, and it’s almost like a go-kart track going around some of the corners, so it’s just really enjoyable.

“I think there’s a bit of pressure on [Sunday] now. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll see what we can do.”

Results

Rank#RiderTeam NameTimeGap
140Ethan HayterTeam Ineos Grenadiers1:06:27.01
249Harry TanfieldTeam Qhubeka Nexthash1:06:27.06+0.442
316Lewis AskeyEquipe Cycliste Continentale Groupama-FDJ1:06:27.10+0.879
411Charlie TanfieldCanyon DHB Sungod1:06:28.02+1.107
527Charles PageRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling1:06:31.06+4.524
65Matthew BostockCanyon DHB Sungod1:07:28.05+1:01.420
747William TidballTeam Inspired1:07:28.09+1:01.796
855Joe HoltWales Racing Academy1:07:29.04+1:02.321
956Owain RobertsWales Racing Academy1:07:29.07+1:02.642
1028Isaac MundyRichardsons Trek DAS1:07:30.00+1:02.906
1158Finn CrockettWheelbase CabTech Castelli1:07:30.02+1:03.098
1250Alec BriggsTEKKERZ CC1:07:30.06+1:03.453
1364Matti DobbinsRT231:07:30.08+1:03.665
1417Joshua TarlingFlandersColor Galloo1:07:31.01+1:04.006
152Toby BarnesCrimson Orientation Marketing RT1:07:31.04+1:04.338
1610Maximilian StedmanCanyon DHB Sungod1:07:32.03+1:05.244
1714Oliver WoodCanyon DHB Sungod1:07:47.04+1:20.303