Result: Blenheim Palace TT 20

Sara Storey and Michael Hutchinson  the winners at the 20 kilometre  Blenheim Palace Time Trial

Win for Sarah Storey in Blenheim Palace Time Trial

Sarah Storey writes … Closed roads for Time Trialling in the UK are such a rarity and possibly only an annual occasion at the Blenheim Palace TT, so when the opportunity to ride there came up I couldn’t wait to experience what everyone had told me was the best Time Trial event in the UK.

Apart from an evening time trial event, I hadn’t raced since the National Circuit Race Championships, so was looking forward to getting stuck in again. The race would also be at the end of the final big training block before heading to the Road Worlds and from here on in it’ll be putting the final touches to the form.

Heading down to Oxford, I could feel the big training rides I’d been putting in were weighing down my legs a bit, but the training block had been the longest at home all summer and after the tough racing of July, it had been brilliant to stay put for a while and train on familiar and picturesque routes. Living on the edge of the Peak District and Cheshire countryside is an ideal spot for the rides I needed to be doing and whilst the weather was generally good to me, there were a couple of days when I felt like I was never going to get dry.

Normally the Goyt Valley is one of the most beautiful spots to be on a summer’s day but a couple of weeks ago I ended up in a fog cloud, hailstorm and river like road, whilst riding through there, I had to keep reminding myself it was in fact August!

The course at Blenheim was an ideal Time Trial route, good road surface, wide sections, narrower sections, grippy uphills, quick downs, fast following corners and plenty to concentrate on which made the 6.5km laps go by really quick. The three narrow bridges made timing the passing of other competitors quite crucial but everyone kept to the general idea that you pass on the right and try and keep left when someone is coming up behind.

The start was to the side of Blenheim Palace itself and then turning to come along the front of the magnificent building there was no time to admire the view as the quick left and right handers led to a fast section directly before the first draggy part. After this we dropped through a short narrow section and over a well-covered cattle grid and up the main drag of the circuit. This lasted a minute or so and then quickly transitioned into another descent and then a fun section of corners, bridges and cattle grids before the final false flat to complete the lap.

It was by no means a slow circuit though and the race covered 3 laps, the challenge would be pacing the 2nd and 3rd laps, as everyone feels like Fabian Cancellara in the first lap don’t they! The atmosphere all around the circuit was great as there were lots of people watching and even more standing at the barriers through the start/finish straight. The marshals and event staff were also working hard keeping the regular Palace visitors from accidentally wandering onto the course although they couldn’t do much about the native pheasants! With only 2 weeks until the Para-cycling Road Worlds, it was brilliant to be able to practice using the whole of the road in the corners.

By the final lap it was just about smashing everything in sight, getting over the little rises and round the hay bales that were protecting an oddly place cattle grid. Coming into the home straight I had no idea just how quick it had been, but I knew it had been great fun and I was ready to sign myself up for next year’s event!

Being presented with the trophy by the Duke of Marlborough in the sunshine beside the Palace was a presentation like no other and after the formal part, came the Formula One part. The Champagne shaking! I shook it so hard by the time it had finished fizzing there was very little left for me to guzzle!

Aside from the TT event there was the Brompton World Championships and a sportive where 100’s of riders set off at 8am for up to 100 miles of riding in the local Oxfordshire countryside. Some of the Blenheim Palace gardens were transformed into a huge village with refreshments and bike related stalls which made for a great atmosphere and a place to meet up with the other competitors in the event. That is the one great thing about cycling, it can involve everyone in the family and there is no doubt the Blenheim event really encompassed all the great things about our sport.

RESULTS

Result
1.      Michael Hutchinson      In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT      26:08
2.     Matthew Bottrill      I-Ride.Co.Uk      26:19
3.      Scott Walker      I-Ride.Co.Uk      27:51
4.      Sarah Storey      Horizon Fitness Prendas      28:29
5.      Rob Yeatman      Team Jewson/Thule/…      28:35
6.      Martin Garner      I-Ride.Co.Uk      28:52
7.      Dean Robson      Somerset RC-Bicycle Chain      29:06
8.      Steve Golla      High Wycombe CC      29:16
9.      Jake Prior      VC St Raphael      29:34
10.      Martyn Harris             29:38
11.      Alex Peterson             29:40
12.      Richard Pyne      Army Cycling Union      29:58
13.      Charles Hammon      Optima Racing Team      29:58
14.      Jesse Elzinga      Beeline Bicycles RT      30:08
15.      John Russell      Bad Tri-Fred Baker Cycles      30:14
16.      James Fettiplace      London Dynamo      30:18
17.      Oliver Roberts      PBscience      30:26
18.      Edward Clemens      VC10      30:28
19.      Geoff Perry      Team Milton Keynes      30:38
20.      Cameron Foster      Team Zappis cc      30:39
21.      Emma Grant             30:40
22.      Daryl May      Sheffrec CC      30:47
23.      Christopher Baldwin      Eagle Road Club      30:56
24.      Dan Blackburn      Oxonian/Oxford Tri      31:00
25.      Simon Baker      Bicester Millennium Cycling Club      31:10
26.      Rob Jones      Army Cycling Union      31:16
27.      Mark Shepherd             31:17      M 40
28.      David Wong Min      London Dynamo      31:28
29.      Martin Emery             31:43
30.      Alan Allcock      didcot phoenix cc      31:45
31.      Bronwen Ewing      Rye & District Wlrs      31:45
32.      Michael Kazimierski      PBscience.com      31:53
33.      Paul Welsby      www.drag2zero.com      31:55
34.      Adrian Trott      Welwyn Wheelers      31:57
35.      Howard Ashmore             31:58
36.      Gareth Batson      High Wycombe CC      32:04
37.      Richard Hutt      Lampard Road Club      32:07
38.      Alastair Gain      Poole Wheelers      32:08
39.      Edward Dursley      Worcester St. John’s CC      32:16
40.      Dan Henchy      PBscience.com      32:31
41.      Peter Lavine      Coalville Wheelers      32:34
42.      David Watkinson             32:43
43.      Roger Foster      Banbury Star cc      32:45
44.      Charlie Wallace      London Dynamo      32:49
45.      Rupert Hartley             32:49
46.      Stuart McGowan      Bike and Run      32:49
47.      Mark Green      London Dynamo      32:51
48.      Pete Tantrum      Didcot Pheonix      32:52
49.      Paul Freegard      Chippenham & District Whlrs      32:55
50.      Simon Parker      Team Zappi      32:55
51.      Damian Poulter      Hounslow & District Wheelers      32:56
52.      Sean Stewart             33:00
53.      Russell Green             33:11
54.      Jonathan Walford      Banbury Star      33:12
55.      Eddie Cairns             33:20
56.      Neil Currant             33:22
57.      Andrew Gibson             33:24
58.      David Kimberley             33:35
59.      Simon Edwards-Parton      Kingston Wheelers      33:37
60.      Declan Davis      CC Breckland      33:37
61.      Peter McGuiness      Southdown Velo Geared Bikes      33:41
62.      Steve Robinson      Team Salesengine.co.uk      33:43
63.      Christopher Crawford      Witham Wheelers      33:48
64.      Stephen Parfitt      oxonion      33:51
65.      Brendan Kay      West Drayton Mountain Bike Club      33:58
66.      Matthew Phillips             34:12
67.      Paul Soby      plymouth corinthian cc      34:14
68.      Michael Fry      Glendene CC      34:14
69.      Stephen Haynes           34:19
70.      Robert Giles      Rye & District Wheelers CC      34:20
71.      Nick Bent      Worcester St Johns CC      34:22
72.      David Welling      North Hants RC      34:23
73.      Matthew Walsh      Team Zappis      34:32
74.      Andrew Daniels             34:35
75.      Roy Howard      Charlotteville Cycling Club      34:37
76.      Dan Clemens      VC10      34:43
77.      Zander Cornish-Moore             34:46
78.      Ruth Clifton      London Dynamo      34:52
79.      Jane Morris      North Hampshire RC      34:58
80.      Nicci Meadows             35:00
81.      Alex King      Oxonian CC      35:03
82.      Alexandra Grzegorczyk      Leamington C&AC      35:04
83.      Ian Sparrow             35:10
84.      Ben Chuilon      Oxford Tri      35:13
85.      Daniel Talbot-Ponsonby      Oxford Tri      35:14
86.      Mike Hedges             35:15
87.      Warren Day             35:30
88.      Louise Lambert      Army Cycling Union      35:32
89.      Louise Fellingham      London Dynamo      35:34
90.      Thomas Seal      Serpentine      35:35
91.      Martin Hawker      Worcester St. Johns CC      35:59
92.      Erwan Jaffre             35:59
93.      Rick Lee             36:05
94.      Andrew Crawshaw             36:05
95.      Stuart McKie      Wyre Forest CRC      36:05
96.      Sam Cruickshank             36:08
97.      Chris Woodward             36:09
98.      David John Frith      Swindon RC      36:26
99.      Harry McLeod             36:41
100.      George Simpson             36:47
101.      Andrew Collins             36:49
102.      Laurence Bellamy             37:09
103.      Stuart West      Plymouth Corinthian CC      37:13
104.      John Major      Mid Oxon CC      37:17
105.      Paul Gaynor      beacon roads      37:18
106.      Paul Williamson             37:18
107.      Andrew Page             37:24
108.      Brian Jones      Halesowen A&CC      37:34
109.      Matt Wilkinson             37:39
110.      Lizzy Yates      Andover Wheelers      37:47
111.      Arnie Choi             37:50
112.      Graham Martin             37:50
113.      Andrew Street             37:52
114.      Graham Robinson             38:03
115.      Alan Owen             38:11
116.      Clifford Morrish      Plymouth Corinthian CC      38:11
117.      Craig Robert Ewing      Rye & District Wlrs      38:15
118.      Peta Bathie             38:21
119.      Brett Smith      Dulwich Paragon      38:23
120.      Calum Meikle             38:25
121.      Jeff King      Oxonian CC      38:30
122.      Emily Lyons             38:30
123.      Mary Dalton             38:37
124.      Sally Waterman             38:40
125.      Ian Hillsdon             38:43
126.      Charles Walker      Halesowen Cycling Club      38:47
127.      Duncan Welling             39:01
128.      Francis Boundy             39:01
129.      Brain Frank Chell             39:03
130.      Jeff Grainger      Worcester St Johns CC      39:06
131.      Rhian Smith      Team MK      39:09
132.      Stephen Allport             39:13
133.      Michael Bailey             39:22
134.      Tobias Lambert             39:42
135.      Nic Webb             40:04
136.      Geraint Apps             40:08
137.      Sean Wilkes             40:08
138.      Grahame Pepper             40:19
139.      Amanda Crawshaw             40:23
140.      Zoe Ludwig-Tantrum      Dicot Pheonix      40:34
141.      Chris Dunn             41:30
142.      Stephen Webb             41:30
143.      Paul Stickley             41:32
144.      Kevin Davies             41:40
145.      Jonathan Risk             41:40
146.      Alan Seal      CTC      42:23
147.      Lisa Butler             42:23
148.      Daniel Sills             42:42
149.      Roy Robinson      Hitchin Nomads      42:48
150.      Andrew Maton      fat boys GXB      42:48
151.      Paul Brain             42:49
152.      Mark Baxandall      westmead team 88      43:01
153.      James Wigmore      Wantage      43:13
154.      Ian Meikle             43:34
155.      John Misson      Plymouth Corinthian CC      44:27
156.      James Kent             44:45
157.      Andy Saunders             44:53
158.      Kate May             45:20
159.      Adam Bailey             47:04
160.      James Minchin             47:44
161.      Aloma Seal             49:08
162.      Carol Weaver             49:44
163.      Saleem Naseem             50:16
164.      James McKellar             50:24
165.      Jacqueline Maycock             52:16

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