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Alice Barnes wins British time trial title

Race leader Alice Barnes fights to save the blue jersey

Race leader Alice Barnes fights to save the blue jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/

Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) upgraded from silver to gold at the British Road Championships, taking the win at the women's time trial a year after finishing second behind her sister Hannah.

Alice Barnes' time of 36:12 saw her beat Hayley Simmonds (BTC City Ljubljana) into second place by 14.9 seconds, while defending champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) took third, 32 seconds down.

"I came back from the European Games last night. I came away with two fourth places and was pretty gutted with that," Barnes said after the race. "I think I misjudged my time trial a bit and wanted to make up for it here so I'm really happy.

"I just did a short turbo session last night and didn't see the course until this morning – I just followed one of the U23 boys and got an idea of it at race pace there.

"I've not won an elite title yet so I'm really happy and can't wait to get my skinsuit."

It was a warm and sunny day at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, East England, and one lap of a flat 27.4km circuit lay between the 30 women contesting the race and national title glory.

The 38-minute mark was the aim early on, with only two of the first ten riders beating it. Anna Morris (AeroLab Ward WheelZ) was the early pacesetter, putting in a time of 37:57.934 as the seventh women to start.

Her time would soon be bested by Victoria Smith (AeroCoach) and then Emily Meakin (The Independent Pedaler) who finished in 37:11.724. After that, though, all eyes were on the final ten riders, the professional racers.

Elizabeth Banks (Bigla) was the first of those women to cross the line, going under the 37-minute mark with a time of 36:52.709. Minutes later, two-time national TT champion Hayley Simmonds (BTC City Ljubljana) shaved another 25 seconds off that to dip under 27:30.

Last year's runner-up Alice Barnes set off second-last and went to the top of leaderboards with a time of 36:12.250. Only her elder sister Hannah, could beat her, but crossing the line just over a minute later she would have to settle for bronze.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:36:12
2Hayley Simmonds (GBr) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:15
3Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:00:32
4Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:41
5Emma Lewis (GBr)0:00:49
6Emily Meakin (GBr)0:01:00
7Joscelin Lowden (GBr)0:01:22
8Vicky Smith (GBr)0:01:30
9Sarah Storey (GBr)0:01:41
10Anna Morris (GBr)0:01:46
11Sophie Lankford (GBr)0:02:04
12Neah Evans (GBr)0:02:06
13Katie Archibald (GBr)0:02:13
14Alex Clay (GBr)0:02:17
15Nicola Juniper (GBr)0:02:18
16Megan Dickerson (GBr)0:03:03
17Faye Faber (GBr)0:03:27
18Helen Mckay (GBr)0:03:29
19Jennifer George (GBr)0:03:32
20Francesca Hall (GBr)0:03:37
21Amy Gornall (GBr)0:03:38
22Crystal Lane (GBr)0:03:56
23Christina Wiejak (GBr)0:04:18
24Rebecca Johnson (GBr)0:04:43
25Jessica Finney (GBr)0:04:58
26Chanel Mason (GBr)0:05:18
27Charlotte Marshall (GBr)0:07:22
28Mandy Bunn (GBr)0:07:46
DNSRebecca Richards (GBr)
DNSAlice Lethbridge (GBr)

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Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.

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