Houvenaghel powers to national championship

Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci) was crowned the Women's British Time Trial Champion on Sunday 4th September. The 36-year-old from Londonderry finished nearly a minute faster Julia Shaw (drag2zero.com) who took the silver medal ahead of Sarah Storey (Horizon Fitness RT).

Houvenaghel my be better known for her pursuit and team pursuit performances on the track but she has won the 10 and 25 mile British time trial titles between 2004 and 2006.

The women had the worst of the weather with wind and rain battering all the starters. Houvenaghel's 27.48 mph ride was impressive on the rolling circuit with an additional long climb up to the finish.

"The conditions worked to my advantage," said Houvenaghel: "I do a lot of training in Cornwall where I live now and those conditions are quite normal for me. I don't have a lot of time to concentrate on time trial these days as most of my preparation is track orientated. The win today is very special for me and shows me where my form is at the moment. It also shows that I am a little more diverse and can ride on the road as well as the track."

"I have a UCI 1.1 time trial event to ride in next week in France and then my track season begins and my Olympic Games campaign begins there."

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Full Results
1Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci)0:45:38
2Julia Shaw (www.drag2zero.com)0:00:54
3Sarah Storey (Horizon Fitness RT)0:01:23
4Rebecca Romero (XRT - elmy Cycles)0:03:02
5Emma Trott (Nederland Bloeit)0:03:49
6Claire Newland (Welwyn Whs)0:04:37
7Ella Sadler-Andrews (Horizon Fitness RT)0:04:38
8Paula Moseley (Climb on Bikes RT)0:05:35
9Lynn Hamel (Herbalife/Wheelbase)0:06:08
10Nicola Juniper (Inverse/Cyclaim)0:06:09
11Rachael Elliott (Newbury RC)0:06:14
12Bronwen Ewing (Rye & District Wheelers CC)0:06:37
13Charlotte Easton (Look Mum No Hands!)0:07:16
14Lara Taylor (Velo Club Godalming & Haslemere)0:08:03
15Louise Day (Gabby Day CycleSport RT)0:08:19
16Suzanne Robinson (VC 10)0:08:22
17Alexandra Grzegorczyk (Leamington C & AC)0:09:40
18Clare Simon (iCycle)0:10:15
19Jemma Anderson (Rockingham Forest Whs)0:10:18
20Claire Waterfield (Welland Valley CC)0:10:24
21Sara Dias-Ayton (a3crg)0:15:15
22Susan Holiday (A5 Rangers CC)0:29:32
23Jane Grant (A5 Rangers CC)1:09:32
DNFJane Kilmartin (Cult Racing)Row 23 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandra Laycock (Warwickshire RC)Row 24 - Cell 2
DNFRosie Armitage (Stratford-upon-Avon CC)Row 25 - Cell 2
DNFMichelle King (Team Jewson-MI Racing-Thule-CNP)Row 26 - Cell 2
DNSElinor Thorogood (Ystwyth CC Clwb Beicio)Row 27 - Cell 2
DNSJacqueline Hobson (Warwickshire RC)Row 28 - Cell 2
DNSSarah Crisp (A5 Rangers CC)Row 29 - Cell 2
DNSSarah Byrne (Abergavenny RC)Row 30 - Cell 2
DNSLowri Bunn (Abergavenny RC)Row 31 - Cell 2
DNSSian Tovey (Dooley's Cycles.co.uk)Row 32 - Cell 2
DNSSue Fenwick (Crest CC)Row 33 - Cell 2


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