Josh Charlton (Saint Piran) won the men’s U23 national time trial championships, putting in a powerful ride to finish 21 seconds ahead of TRINITY Racing’s Max Walker. Shortly after, Maddie Leech (Lifeplus-Wahoo) take a resounding victory to become the women’s U23 national time trial champion.
In the afternoon, Elizabeth Holden (UAE Team ADQ) won a tense battle in the women’s elite time trial championships, with Anna Morris (WardPerformanceUK.com) and Elinor Barker MBE (Uno-X Pro Cycling) completing the podium.
In the men’s race, Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers) took a convincing win, an impressive feat at just 19 years of age. Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Tarling’s teammate Connor Swift were second and third respectively, over a minute behind.
Read more about the course in our race preview here.
Featured photo: SWPix. Josh Tarling of Ineos Grenadiers.
Men’s U23 time trial
Ciaran McSherry (The Cycling Academy) set the early benchmark, coming in with a time of 17:45.482, 25 seconds faster than the other handful of early finishers. Out on the course though, one of the breakthrough riders of the season, Rowan Baker (London Dynamo) had gone six seconds quicker than McSherry’s intermediate time. Indeed, by the time Baker crossed the line, his time was 21 seconds faster than McSherry’s.
With the favourites now beginning their efforts, the question was, could Baker spring a surprise?
The intermediate times quickly suggested Baker’s lead would not last. Lucas Jowett, Harry Birchill (both Saint Piran) and Will Smith (TRINITY Racing) all took turns setting the best intermediate times. But then Joshua Golliker (Groupama-FDJ Continental) blew all of their intermediate times out of the water, over 34 seconds faster than Baker. Smith was closest at this stage, a full 17 seconds back.
Then came Golliker’s challengers. Josh Charlton (Saint Piran) beat Golliker’s intermediate time by four-hundredths of a second before Max Walker (TRINITY Racing) bettered Golliker more definitively, nearly four seconds ahead, the only rider to hit the intermediate point under 17 minutes.
At the finish line, meanwhile, Birchill was the new leader, setting a time 15 seconds faster than Baker, but it was clear by now the winner would come from a rider still out on the course.
Neither Ollie Rees (TRINITY Racing), Charlie Bailey (Foran CC) nor Callum Thornley (TRINITY Racing) could go better than Walker at the intermediate point, although Bailey was only fractionally behind, meaning Walker, Charlton, Golliker and Bailey looked the most likely riders to take the win.
Charlton put in a superb second leg, hitting the line in a time of 33:45.359, over 32 seconds quicker than Golliker’s finishing time to take the stripes.
Walker was unable to keep his intermediate lead, coming in 21 seconds down on Charlton to finish the event second, while Bailey – third last year – was 47 seconds back, finishing 4th.
|1||106||Charlton Josh||Saint Piran||33:45.36|
|2||105||Walker Max||Trinity Racing||34:06.59||+21.23|
|3||111||Golliker Joshua||Groupama-FDJ La Conti||34:18.26||+32.90|
|4||102||Bailey Charles||Foran CCC||34:33.13||+47.77|
|5||103||Rees Oliver||Trinity Racing||34:47.00||+ 1:01.65|
|6||112||Brough Jack||AVC Aix en Provence||34:49.02||+ 1:03.67|
|7||113||Smith William||Trinity Racing||34:50.34||+ 1:04.98|
|8||115||Birchill Harry||Saint Piran||34:56.34||+ 1:10.98|
|9||108||Hobbs Noah||Groupama-FDJ La Conti||35:08.35||+ 1:22.99|
|10||101||Thornley Callum||Trinity Racing||35:09.50||+ 1:24.14|
|11||104||Giddings Joshua||Lotto Dstny Development Team||35:09.75||+ 1:24.39|
|12||122||Baker Rowan||London Dynamo||35:12.11||+ 1:26.75|
|13||116||Wood George||Cycling Sheffield||35:16.63||+ 1:31.27|
|14||119||Hicks Dylan||Development Team DSM||35:28.78||+ 1:43.42|
|15||118||Jowett Lucas||Saint Piran||35:29.92||+ 1:44.56|
|16||130||McSherry Ciaran||The Cycling Academy||35:33.60||+ 1:48.24|
|17||109||Dodd Mattie||Tirol KTM Cycling Team||35:41.00||+ 1:55.64|
|18||125||Rosie Lee||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||35:46.31||+ 2:00.95|
|19||110||Clark Samuel||trainSharp Elite||36:07.33||+ 2:21.97|
|20||128||Knowles Joshua||TAAP Endura||36:24.81||+ 2:39.45|
|21||120||Pilling Tristan||360cycling||36:28.30||+ 2:42.94|
|22||135||Avery Jacob||Ride Revolution Coaching||36:34.76||+ 2:49.40|
|23||127||King Aaron||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||36:43.85||+ 2:58.49|
|24||114||Walker Zachary||TUDOR PRO CYCLING TEAM U23||36:45.62||+ 3:00.26|
|25||131||Bright Benjamin||Wales Racing Academy||37:28.73||+ 3:43.38|
|26||134||Freeman Aaron||Richardsons Trek DAS||37:41.96||+ 3:56.60|
|27||132||Brown Jenson||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||39:02.07||+ 5:16.72|
|28||136||Goodwin Daniel||trainSharp Development Team||39:49.06||+ 6:03.70|
|DNF||121||Asker Samuel||Richardsons Trek DAS|
|DNS||107||Nerurkar Lukas||Trinity Racing|
|DNS||117||Leeming-Sykes Dexter||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo|
|DNS||124||Rootkin-Gray Jack||Saint Piran|
|DNS||133||Forsyth Hamish||trainSharp Development Team|
|DNS||137||Griffiths Dylan||University of Bath Cycling Clu|
|DNS||138||Ives Harry||trainSharp Development Team|
|DNS||140||Lutz-Atkinson Max||Ribble rechrg Race Team|
Women’s U23 time trial
A small field of just 8 riders duked it out for women’s U23 time trial honours. Maddie Leech (Lifeplus-Wahoo) came flying out of the blocks, setting an intermediate time of 18:56.893. Only Lucy Gadd (Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime), third in this event last year, could come anywhere near close, over 28 seconds behind.
Leech’s lead looked commanding, but the battle for podium spots appeared less clear-cut. Flora Perkins’ (Fenix-Deceuninck Development Team) intermediate time was 17 seconds behind Gadd, with Ellie Parry (Watersley R&D Cycling Team), Abi Smith (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) and Robyn Clay (Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee) all within 8 seconds of Perkins.
Parry, the first rider to start, was also the first to finish, setting a target time of 39:52.132 over the 27.4km course. Leech, though, smashed this benchmark, overtaking two riders on her way to a time of 38:17.640, a full 1 minute and 16 seconds ahead of Parry.
Could anyone catch Leech? No.
Gadd came in second, just under a minute down on Leech, with Perkins completing the podium a further 16 seconds back.
|1||205||Leech Madelaine||Lifeplus Wahoo||38:17.64|
|2||201||Gadd Lucy||Stade Rochelais Charente-Marit||39:17.36||+59.72|
|3||204||Perkins Flora||Fenix-Deceuninck Development Team||39:33.42||+ 1:15.78|
|4||206||Clay Robyn||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen –||39:34.22||+ 1:16.58|
|5||203||Smith Abi||EF Education-TIBCO-SVB||39:38.10||+ 1:20.46|
|6||209||Parry Ellie||Watersley R&D Cycling Team||39:52.13||+ 1:34.49|
|7||208||Callinan Eva||Loughborough Lightning||42:44.76||+ 4:27.12|
|8||210||Yeoman Morven||Torelli||43:49.17*||+ 5:31.53|
|DNS||202||Richardson Kate||Lifeplus Wahoo|
|DNS||207||Barnwell Ella||Saint Piran WRT|
Women’s elite time trial
The forecast thunder and lightning ended up avoiding Croft Circuit for the start of the women’s elite time trial, but what started to make its presence felt was the strengthening wind – a headwind up the start/finish straight and a crosswind on the exposed parts of the course.
Putting her nose in the wind first was Anya Tamplin (Loughborough Lightning) and she was in close competition with Jadan-Vive Le Velo’s Laura Davies, the pair setting times of 19:54.598 and 19:53.936 respectively at the intermediate split.
Their times were the early benchmarks, but as the race got deeper down the startlist some of the more dedicated TT riders soon improved on those early intermediate times.
Sure enough, Miriam Jessett (StolenGoat) lowered Davies’ benchmark significantly, as she put in a time of 19:02.937. Jessett went on to set the best early time at the finish line with 39:13.492.
Meanwhile, out on course, Katie Archibald (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team) was demonstrating she meant business, laying down a marker of 18:40.233 to take the virtual lead, and then taking the hot seat as she clocked a time of 38:06.015, 6 seconds quicker than AWOL O’Shea’s Hayley Simmonds.
Archibald’s intermediate lead remained for some time, with notable names such as Alice Barnes (Human Powered Health) and April Tacey (Lifeplus-Wahoo) all slower.
Elinor Barker MBE (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) was the first rider to crack it, going 2.7 seconds quicker. As more and more favourites rolled over the intermediate time check, the race was looking extremely tight. Elynor Backstedt (Trek-Segafredo) was just 7 seconds adrift of Barker.
Anna Morris (WardPerformanceUK.com), a TT specialist, was 5 seconds ahead, Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) was 5 seconds behind and Elizabeth Holden (UAE Team ADQ) was out in front, leading Barker by a full 12 seconds. The big unknown, though, was Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma), whose intermediate time had not registered on the live timing. It was all gearing up for a tense second half of the race.
Holden maintained her lead in the closing kilometres, despite a spirited charge from Morris, to win her first national time trial crown. Morris missed out by just 14 seconds, while Barker held on for third, 16 seconds back on Holden.
Former champion Henderson finished 11th, an unfortunate mechanical – a grazed shoulder suggests she may even have come off her bike – resulting in a bike change and costing her precious time.
|1||301||Holden Elizabeth||UAE Team ADQ||37:02.14|
|2||304||Morris Anna||WardPerformanceUK.com||37:16.21||+ 0:14.07|
|3||308||Barker MBE Elinor||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||37:18.78||+ 0:16.64|
|4||305||Georgi Pfeiffer||Team DSM||37:29.58||+ 0:27.44|
|5||307||Backstedt Elynor||TREK – SEGAFREDO||37:32.05||+ 0:29.91|
|6||320||Archibald Katie||Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team||38:06.02||+ 1:03.88|
|7||323||Simmonds Hayley||AWOL- O’Shea||38:12.19||+ 1:10.06|
|8||309||Barnes Alice||Human Powered Health||38:23.64||+ 1:21.51|
|9||311||Allan Kate||Team Bottrill||38:24.24||+ 1:22.10|
|10||322||Martin Emily||Team Bottrill||38:51.72||+ 1:49.59|
|11||303||Henderson Anna||Team Jumbo-Visma||39:02.08||+ 1:59.94|
|12||315||Greenwood Monica||DAS – Handsling Bikes||39:09.06||+ 2:06.92|
|13||326||Jessett Miriam||Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon||39:13.49||+ 2:11.36|
|14||317||Roberts Jessica||Team Coop-Hitec Products||39:14.06||+ 2:11.92|
|15||306||Storey Dame Sarah||Storey Racing||39:20.10||+ 2:17.96|
|16||329||Holl Jenny||TEKKERZ CC||39:21.21||+ 2:19.08|
|17||337||Rawlins Freya||Soltec Team||39:36.05||+ 2:33.91|
|18||314||George Jennifer||HUUB WattShop||39:37.50||+ 2:35.36|
|19||312||Hall Francesca||Loughborough Lightning||39:40.10||+ 2:37.97|
|20||302||Meakin Emily||AWOL- O’Shea||39:44.30||+ 2:42.17|
|21||313||Miller Tamsin||Hutchinson-Brother UK||39:47.31||+ 2:45.18|
|22||316||Tacey April||Lifeplus Wahoo||40:23.05||+ 3:20.91|
|23||334||Brooke Lizi||Wahoo – Le Col||40:36.50||+ 3:34.37|
|24||333||Davies Laura||Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon||40:42.11||+ 3:39.97|
|25||331||Owen Frances||Wahoo – Le Col||40:46.41||+ 3:44.27|
|26||324||Turner Sally||Huub WattShop||40:47.53||+ 3:45.39|
|27||330||Hodgkins-Byrne Charlotte||Team Boompods||40:51.65||+ 3:49.51|
|28||325||Watts Lydia||Hutchinson-Brother UK||40:54.36||+ 3:52.22|
|29||327||Berry Charlotte||Hutchinson-Brother UK||40:54.48||+ 3:52.35|
|30||318||Morrice Alex||CANYON – SRAM RACING||40:55.63||+ 3:53.49|
|31||336||Tamplin Anya||Loughborough Lightning||40:56.48||+ 3:54.35|
|32||321||Hayes Connie||AWOL- O’Shea||41:02.01||+ 3:59.87|
|33||332||Harding Amber||Loughborough Lightning||41:02.18||+ 4:00.04|
|34||335||French Olivia||StolenGoat Race Team||43:26.34||+ 6:24.20|
|DNS||319||Khan Dannielle||Saint Piran WRT|
Men’s elite time trial
With three laps of the course compared to two for all the other categories in action today, the men faced a 41.1km test on the flat, windy roads.
First to clock in a final time that tested the mettle of the riders following was trainSharp Elite’s Timothy Torrie with a 52:48.065 – the first of the early wave of riders to dip under the 53-minute barrier.
It took a time for those early efforts to be bested, but bested they were as first Lewis Askey (Grouapama-FDJ) and then HUUB Wattshop’s Michael Gill put themselves into the hot seat – and didn’t Gill do that, his time of 51:56.55 was more than 20 seconds up on Askey’s time.
Through the intermediate split – at Croft’s start/finish line – though, there were some outstanding markers being put down. Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers) caught the eye as he went through the split for the second time with an advantage of 1:24.872 compared to Gill’s best time.
Tarling’s teammate then clocked the second-best intermediate time, 36 seconds behind Tarling, with aero wizard Dan Bigham (HUUB Wattshop) just a further second back. Also in contention at this stage was Bahrain-Victorious’s Fred Wright and Charlie Tanfield (Saint Piran) who were both within range of Wright and Bigham’s intermediate times.
Tarling converted his splits into an overwhelming final time of 48:50.430. His victory has secured him a place in history as the youngest elite men’s TT champion, the 19-year-old younger than Josh Charlton, winner of the U23 time trial.
His closest challenger proved to be Wright, but he could only clock a 49:53.236, over a minute back on Tarling. That secured him silver, as all eyes turned to the last man to finish – Bigham. Still looking strong through the second lap, he faded on his final lap and couldn’t convert that early pace into a medal as he clocked a 51:06.302 – putting him seventh overall.
Rounding out the podium was Swift, at 50:00.560 just relegating local rider Charlie Tanfield (Saint Piran) to fourth by 25 seconds. Ethan Vernon (Soudal-QuickStep) completed the top five with Bigham’s team-mate John Archibald squeaking ahead of him in sixth.
|1||411||Joshua Tarling||Ineos Grenadiers||48:50.43|
|2||404||Fred Wright||Bahrain-Victorious||49:53.24||+ 1:02.81|
|3||416||Connor Swift||Ineos Grenadiers||50:00.56||+ 1:10.13|
|4||413||Charlie Tanfield||Saint Piran||50:25.18||+ 1:34.75|
|5||408||Ethan Vernon||Soudal Quick-step||50:38.01||+ 1:47.58|
|6||407||John Archibald||HUUB WattShop||50:52.66||+ 2:02.23|
|7||402||Daniel Bigham||HUUB WattShop||51:06.30||+ 2:15.87|
|8||421||Michael Gill||HUUB WattShop||51:56.15||+ 3:05.72|
|9||422||Lewis Askey||GROUPAMA – FDJ||52:17.43||+ 3:27.00|
|10||412||Oliver Peckover||trainSharp Elite||52:17.62||+ 3:27.19|
|11||424||William Perrett||Embark Spirit BSS||52:22.72||+ 3:32.29|
|12||410||Charles Quarterman||Team Corratec||52:23.93||+ 3:33.50|
|13||430||Timothy Torrie||trainSharp Elite||52:48.07||+ 3:57.63|
|14||433||Alexander Pritchard||HUUB WattShop||53:07.24||+ 4:16.81|
|15||415||Zeb Kyffin||Saint Piran||53:18.03||+ 4:27.60|
|16||429||Oliver Hucks||Kalas Motip Race Team||53:36.10||+ 4:45.67|
|17||425||Jack Crook||Richardsons Trek DAS||53:38.47||+ 4:48.04|
|18||434||Jordan Giles||Primera-TeamJobs||53:49.03||+ 4:58.60|
|19||441||Toby Tanfield||Club Ciclista Padronés-Equipo||53:59.69||+ 5:09.26|
|20||427||William Roberts||Saint Piran||54:34.25||+ 5:43.82|
|21||440||Paul Burton||Paceline RT||54:45.95||+ 5:55.52|
|22||432||Ben Pease||Moonglu Race Team||55:29.39||+ 6:38.96|
|23||431||Jack Levick||Rose Race Team||55:31.86||+ 6:41.43|
|24||436||Joshua Avery||Ride Revolution Coaching||56:26.67||+ 7:36.24|
|25||426||Nathan Smith||Team Novo Nordisk Development||57:40.52||+ 8:50.09|
|DNF||439||Matthew Downie||TAAP Endura|
|DNS||401||Ethan Hayter||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||403||Geraint Thomas||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||405||James Shaw||EF Education – EasyPost|
|DNS||406||Ben Tulett||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||409||Leo Hayter||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||414||Ben Turner||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||417||Simon Carr||EF Education – EasyPost|
|DNS||418||Samuel Watson||GROUPAMA – FDJ|
|DNS||419||Matthew Gibson||Human Powered Health|
|DNS||420||Ben Swift||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||423||Paul Double||Human Powered Health|
|DNS||438||George Hibberd||Team Tor 2000 Kalas|