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2022 National Circuit Race Championships: report and results

Report and results from the 2022 National Circuit Race Championships, Friday 24 June

Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) became the 2022 National Circuit Race Champion after outsprinting 17-year-old Emma Jeffers (JRC-Interflon) by a matter of millimetres.

In the men’s race that followed, Matt Bostock (WiV SunGod) took his first National Circuit Race crown after out-duelling Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ Continental) and Josh Tarling (Wales Racing Academy).

Featured photo: SWPix

Women’s race

Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) emulated her win at last weekend’s CiCLE Classic, taking victory in a tight sprint finish by a margin of millimetres.

The race was a tightly contested affair throughout, with no rider allowed the breathing space to definitively break clear from the peloton. There were attacks and probes in the early stages, naturally, most notably from defending champion Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen), but her every move was closely marked, each rider wary of letting her go clear.

2022 National Road Championships – Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Kate Richardson (Alba Road Development Team), Charlotte Broughton (AWOL O’Shea), Sammie Stuart (CAMS-Basso), Amy Gornall (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) and Emma Jeffers (JRC-Interflon) were all constant presences at the front of the bunch. Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) was there too, seemingly always in the top five, but never putting her nose in the wind.

A crash after about 15 minutes took out several riders and held up many more, reducing the leading bunch to around 25-30 riders. But as the race continued it was more of the same. Attacks and surges, followed by lulls and regrouping.

In the remaining few laps, our journal contributor Flora Perkins (Le Col-Wahoo) put in two strong accelerations, which both briefly looked like they might snap the elastic behind before she was pulled back by her rivals. Lucy Ellmore (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) was another rider to put in a stinging dig to no avail.

In the last two laps, Sammie Stuart drove at the front in characteristic fashion, hoping to power clear. But the riders behind were equal to her.

As the leading riders dived into the final 180-degree turn before the finish line, Jo Tindley looked to be in prime position to hit the front first, before locking up her wheels and running the corner wide. This left the door open for Nelson to take the initiative, coming out of the bend first and accelerating hard towards the line.

2022 National Road Championships – Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Jeffers was in her wheel and then slowly drew level as they reached the line, but just couldn’t quite find the power – or gears (she is still a junior on junior gearing) – to edge in front.

It was a tense wait for both riders as the judges reviewed the photo finish before Nelson was declared the winner. First-year senior Perkins was third – her finest result yet – with her teammate El King in fourth. Kate Richardson continued her strong run of form with fifth, while comeback girl Charlotte Broughton was sixth. Last year’s winner Tindley recovered from her wide cornering to finish seventh.

2022 National Road Championships – Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
Rank#RiderTeam NameTimeGap
165Josie NelsonTeam Coop-Hitec Products1:07:59.03
240Emma JeffersJRC-INTERFLON Race Team1:07:59.03+0.02
342Flora PerkinsLe Col – Wahoo1:08:00.01+0.75
441Eluned KingLe Col – Wahoo1:08:00.04+1.08
514Kate RichardsonAlba Development Road Team1:08:00.09+1.57
617Charlotte BroughtonAWOL- O’Shea1:08:00.10+1.67
71Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:01.08+2.50
858Amira MellorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus1:08:02.05+3.20
99Sophie EneverAlba Development Road Team1:08:02.10+3.65
1031Sammie StuartCAMS-Basso1:08:03.05+4.18
112Isabel DarvillPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:03.08+4.53
1234Sophie HolmesDatalynx-Parenesis Cycling1:08:04.05+5.21
1329Beth MorrowCAMS-Basso1:08:05.00+5.73
144Lucy EllmorePro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:05.04+6.06
1526Jessica FinneyCAMS-Basso1:08:05.05+6.16
1655Xan CreesSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus1:08:05.08+6.46
1748Robyn ClayOtley CC1:08:06.00+6.68
1816Olivia BentAWOL- O’Shea1:08:06.00+6.71
195Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen1:08:06.07+7.38
2036Emily ProudGrinta Coaching1:08:06.07+7.42
2138Suzetta GuerriniJadan – Vive le Velo1:08:06.10+7.66
2211Sophie LankfordAlba Development Road Team1:08:07.03+7.96
2357Samantha FawcettSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus1:08:07.05+8.23
2447Lauren RobinsonMoonglu Race Team1:08:08.00+8.69
2552Gemma SargentSaint Piran WRT1:08:09.09+10.59
2668Jenny HollTEKKERZ CC1:08:10.04+11.13
DNF12Beth MaciverAlba Development Road Team
DNF54Charlotte BerrySpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
DNF10Arianne HollandAlba Development Road Team
DNF53Abbie TaylorSheffield Dirt Society
DNF51Elizabeth SandersSaint Piran WRT
DNF49Hannah BayesSaint Piran WRT
DNF67Lauren HighamTeam LDN – Brother UK
DNF22Ellen BennettBrother UK-Orientation Marketing
DNF50Madeleine GammonsSaint Piran WRT
DNF43Francesca HallLoughborough Lightning – TRG
DNF3Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen
DNF69Ellie MackmanThe Ark Cycles
DNF70Morven YeomanTofauti Everyone Active
DNF66Sian BotteleyTeam LDN – Brother UK
DNF13Erin MurphyAlba Development Road Team
DNF37Elizabeth BennettIBCT
DNF30Danielle ShrosbreeCAMS-Basso
DNF39Beth Harley-JepsonJadan – Vive le Velo
DNF62Lucy GaddStorey Racing
DNF61Olivia FrenchStorey Racing
DNF63Kinga IngramStorey Racing
DNF7Poppy ThompsonPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen
DNF72Gwenno HughesSaint Piran WRT
DNF46Chloe VickersLoughborough Lightning – TRG
DNF33Laura CheesmanDatalynx-Parenesis Cycling
DNF44Flora KnightLoughborough Lightning – TRG
DNF21Libby SmithsonAWOL Worx Galliard
DNF20Maddie WadsworthAWOL- O’Shea
DNF18Connie HayesAWOL- O’Shea

Men’s race

In contrast to the women’s race, the men’s race was defined by breakaways, and decisively so. In the early laps, Yorkshireman Jim Brown (WiV SunGod) drove a three-man break clear. Fan favourite Alec Briggs (Tekkerz CC) bridged across before Sam Waston (Groupama-FDJ Continental) closed things down.

Brown’s teammates – winners at the recent Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series – were then prominent at the front, keen to make good on their circuit race expertise. First Rob Scott drove the peloton, before circuit racer deluxe Matt Bostock decided to try his chances, breaking clear after around 15 minutes.

Bostock’s move took Watson, junior wonderkid Josh Tarling (Wales Racing Academy) and Bob Donaldson (Team Inspired) clear. 20 minutes in the four escapees had already carved out a dangerous-looking lead. With the bunch behind not working cohesively hindered in part by effective policing by Bostock and Watson’s teammate – it looked like this could be the winning move, and so it proved.

Donaldson was therefore unfortunate to pull the short straw, puncturing out of the break and then out the race entirely. This left Bostock, Watson and Tarling to work together to maintain – and extend – their advantage. Such was their efficiency that it seemed at one point they would lap the bunch, before appearing to decide to reign things in, their lead assured.

2022 National Road Championships – Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

The pre-race favourite Bostock – the superior sprinter – looked composed. With the leading trio almost certain to contest the victory, the question then turned to when Tarling and Watson would make their move to try and lose the Manxman. It was no surprise, then, to see Tarling try repeatedly to test Bostock’s strength and resolve. He put in several accelerations in the closing laps, but each time Bostock carefully, assuredly pulled him back. There was no panic on Bostock’s part.

Behind, Watson lurked, glued to Bostock’s wheel. He was saving energy, perhaps hoping Tarling’s attacks would help to blunt Bostock’s speed. It seemed for a moment that Watson’s tactic might pay off. As the trio approached the final 180-degree corner, Watson moved to the front and hit the bend first. Bostock showed his circuit race class, however, cornering perfectly to take the inside line and hit the finishing straight first. He then put in his trademark sprint and after that the contest was over.

2022 National Road Championships – Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

It was an emotional win for Bostock. He has been the outstanding circuit race rider in the men’s domestic peloton in recent years but victory in the National Circuit Race had eluded him until now.

Watson finished just behind Bostock, while junior Tarling confirmed his class with third. For Watson and Tarling both it seems just a matter of time before both join the WorldTour. Bostock too deserves a pro contract.

An emotional Bostock is congratulated by his girlfriend Meg Barker (CAMS-Basso). 2022 National Road Championships – Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Leon Mazzone (Saint Piran) led in the bunch to take an excellent fourth, pipping WorldTour rider Lewis Askey (Groupama-FDJ). 18-year-old Benjamin Peatfield (Vendée U – Pays de la Loire) took a fine sixth, with Brown seventh and former National Circuit Race Champion Matt Gibson (Human Powered Health) eighth.

Rank#RiderTeam NameTimeGap
167Matthew BostockWiV Sungod1:06:07.09
219Samuel WatsonGROUPAMA – FDJ1:06:08.00+0.14
358Joshua TarlingWales Racing Academy1:06:11.01+3.21
436Leon MazzoneSaint Piran1:07:03.01+55.18
516Lewis AskeyGROUPAMA – FDJ1:07:03.01+55.19
653Benjamin PeatfieldVendee U – Pays de la Loire1:07:03.04+55.53
768Jim BrownWiV Sungod1:07:03.08+55.89
820Matthew GibsonHuman Powered Health1:07:03.08+55.97
971Joseph BeckingsaleWales Racing Academy1:07:04.01+56.24
106Oliver StockwellCycling Team Friuli ASD1:07:04.03+56.40
1147Joshua GiddingsTeam Inspired1:07:04.08+56.96
1269Robert ScottWiV Sungod1:07:04.08+56.98
132Max RushbyAcrog-Tormans1:07:05.03+57.44
1459William TrueloveWales Racing Academy1:07:05.03+57.44
1510Joe WilsonDolan Ellesse Race Team1:07:05.06+57.78
1664Callum ThornleyWheelbase CabTech Castelli1:07:05.09+58.01
1713Tom CouzensEmbark – Bikestrong1:07:05.09+58.02
183Henry LawtonAG2R Citroen U23 Team1:07:05.09+58.02
1935Tom MazzoneSaint Piran1:07:06.05+58.67
2028Cameron JeffersRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling1:07:06.06+58.71
2151Alec BriggsTEKKERZ CC1:07:06.07+58.82
2273Lee RosieSpokes Racing Team1:07:06.08+58.91
2312Jamieson BlainEmbark – Bikestrong1:07:06.08+58.94
2432Steven ParsonageRichardsons Trek DAS1:07:07.05+59.64
2541Nicholas CooperSweden Cycling Academy1:07:08.06+ 1:00.68
267Jack CrookDolan Ellesse Race Team1:07:08.08+ 1:00.95
2760David DugganWheelbase CabTech Castelli1:07:09.08+ 1:01.95
2817Finlay PickeringGROUPAMA – FDJ1:07:10.02+ 1:02.30
2918Joe PidcockGROUPAMA – FDJ1:07:10.05+ 1:02.65
3037Theodor ObholzerSaint Piran1:07:12.04+ 1:04.57
3133Stephen BradburySaint Piran1:07:27.04+ 1:19.57
DNF56Owain RobertsWales Racing Academy
DNF65Matti DobbinsWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF15Rhys BrittonEvoPro Racing
DNF29Harry TanfieldRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling
DNF26William BrownRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling
DNF63Tim ShoremanWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF39Bradley SymondsSaint Piran
DNF31Conor McGoldrickRichardsons Trek DAS
DNF42Harry BirchillTeam Inspired
DNF14Cai DaviesEmbark – Bikestrong
DNF46Robert DonaldsonTeam Inspired
DNF54Joe HoltWales Racing Academy
DNF74Sam KettlewellTS Racing
DNF45Josh CharltonTeam Inspired
DNF22Thomas StringerMoonglu Race Team
DNF43Ross BirrellTeam Inspired
DNF61Fraser MartinWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF62Tom MerryWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF48Oscar Nilsson-JulienTeam Inspired
DNF8Declan HudsonDolan Ellesse Race Team
DNF11James BevanEmbark – Bikestrong
DNF76Murray SoutterTorvelo Racing
DNF38Charles PageSaint Piran
DNF57William RobertsWales Racing Academy
DNF23Cameron McLarenNopinz Motip Race Team
DNF25Hugo Lutz-AtkinsonRibble rechrg Race Team