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Dowsett equals record as Cadwell hosts British Time Trial

Thursday, June 25 2015

Cadwell Park hosted a two-wheeled action of a different kind today (Thursday), when cycling stars contested the British Cycling National Time Trial, which was based at the Lincolnshire circuit.

A mixture of cycling and motorsport fans witnessed an enthralling competition, which started with an amateur cycling event and included flypasts from a World War II Dakota and the Red Arrows, both based near the circuit.

The event started with the Under-23 Men's competition, where Scott Davies successfully defended his title with a time of 47.20.32 seconds, over six seconds faster than runner-up Owain Doull.

CPTT1In the Elite Women's category, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International rider Ciara Horne was the first to finish, and set a strong benchmark time of 53.38.31 minutes that remained unbeaten for some time. Eventually Team Velosport's Hayley Simmonds bettered it by nearly two minutes, and moments later Molly Weaver pushed Horne down to third place.

When the favoured last riders returned to the circuit, Dame Sarah Storey completed the course with a time that only yielded third place, with Katie Archibald concluding the women's competition a mere sixth.

A triumphant Simmonds said: "It's completely overwhelming - I've worked really hard for this. Cycling has just changed my life to be honest."

CPTT2A keenly-contested group of Elite Men riders got underway, with former champion Alex Dowsett expected to regain his title on a longer course that included a third lap of the seven-mile road section surrounding the circuit.

Ashley Cox, Lloyd Chapman and Ryan Perry were the early pacesetters in the class, until Edmund Bradbury carved 20 seconds out of the benchmark time. His time of 1:03.42 was still some way off the expected sub-1 hour winning mark as Dowsett approached three-quarter distance.

Late on, Dowsett overtook Matt Bottrill, who set off four minutes before the former champion and it looked certain that he would regain the title. Sure enough, he entered the circuit boundary with a couple of minutes to break the magic hour, but this was the only thing to elude him on the day, his finishing time of 1:00.11 securing him a record-equalling fourth title. Bradbury was the runner-up, three-and-a-half minutes in arrears, with Perry third.

CPTT3Team Movistar rider Dowsett, who is waiting to hear if he has a place on next month's Tour de France, said: "It's lovely to get the jersey back, It's really significant because every time I do a Time Trial I'll get to wear this. I couldn't have lost it to a more talented guy last year in Bradley [Wiggins], but it's good to get it back.

"That was tough, I didn't have a radio so I had no idea where I was. I thought it would be easier from training but it was much harder. I had a bit of a moment at the end [on the circuit], I've got quite a few good friends who race British Superbikes so I won't hear the end of that!"