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It was a good weekend of racing for the Scottish riders HSBC UK National Road Championships in Northumberland.
First up for the Scots was Rhona Callander riding for Team Breeze, she put in a good performance with a first lap comparable with those around her and strong final lap that saw her pull out 23 seconds on the person behind. She finished the race in 33rd, four places above team mate and fellow Scot Jenny Holl.
Jennifer George riding for Torelli-Brother, came home in 25th posting steady lap times.
Neah Evans managed to equal her bib number. Setting of third from last, she came home to take the bronze medal behind Hannah and Alice Barnes. Neah managed sixth in last year’s instalment of the event so will undoubtedly be pleased with her achievement this time around.
The men’s event turned out well for the Scots as well. Former National Champion, David Griffiths riding for Bioracer-Project GO and Jamie Davidson riding for Aberdeen Wheelers Cycling Club both completed the course well.
Team Sky’s Tao Geoghegan Hart rode to a great 6th position, beating team mate Jonathan Dibben by a mere 3 tenths of a second.
It was Ribble Cycling’s John Archibald however, who was the top Scot. A very impressive fourth place among some very exulted company which included eventual winner, Geraint Thomas. Wearing a bib number of 42, John was one of the early runners and spent a considerable amount of time in the “Hot Seat” before being edged from the podium in the dying moments.
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The men's and women's road races were less successful for the Scottish riders. Jennifer George provided the best result coming in 17th only 8 seconds behind the winner, Team Breeze’s Jessica Roberts.
There was sparse Scottish representation in the men's Road Race unfortunately, with only 38 finishers in the entire field.
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