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National Championship success for Kent based racing team

By sallyrmsmith  |  Posted: May 28, 2013

Chris Fennell

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Eight riders from PMR@Toachim house represented the team in the National 10 mile Time Trial Championships held in Norwich on Saturday, 25 May.

The event was held on a flat but not necessarily fast course and saw the best in the UK coming forward to battle it out for poll position.

The men's race had the most PMR@Toachim House riders forward with 4 men who had times good enough to qualify for entry in the competition.

Jonathan Parker put in the best performance for the men's team riding a 21.23 (28mph average). This time would normally see a rider in the top 3 in a local TT however at nationals it was good enough for him to finish in the top third of the field in 32nd place (out of 125 starters).

Ben Wimpory was next home in 21.53min (27.5mph average) and nipping at his heels was Sam Bradford in 22.18 (around a 27mph average). Jonathan Coulson pulled out a 23.21 (25.7mph average). Overall it was a very solid performance for the men's team.

Michael Hutchinson of In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT successfully defended his title by pulling out an incredible 19.20min ride, this equates to a staggering 31mph average, which for many riders is hard to comprehend!

The junior competition was also hotly contested and representing the team were Chris Fennell (17) and Cassie McGoldrick (17). Chris rode a 21.42, which earned him 6th place. Cassie also finished fifth in junior girls riding a 25.41.

Jodie Hope and Sally Smith both rode in the women's event. Jodie chose the right place to pull a seasons best out of the bag finishing in 27.26. Sally followed her usual form in observation missed the final turn but managed to stop turn round and recover to nip in under the 28 minute mark in 27.56.

Everyone really enjoy the event, which was fantastically organised and eagerly await details on next years competition.

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