Published: 24 June 2013
Photos: SW Pix
Elinor Barker reached the podium for the first time for Wiggle Honda at the 2013 British Road Race Championships taking bronze in the Women’s Under 23 Championships. Doull, who was riding with the Great Britain Academy Team, 100% Me, took silver in the Under 23 Men’s Championships in Glasgow.
Over 50 women took to the start line in Glasgow to contest the title in 8 laps of the 14.2km circuit through the city centre. For Barker this was her first senior national road championships, competing with Wiggle Honda teammates Laura Trott OBE, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Amy Roberts. Barker came in 10th in the overall race. Amy Roberts had put in a lot of work early on in the race, instigating an attack midway that allowed King, Trott and Armitstead to escape. Roberts came home 12th.
Barker said: “It was a tough race; the course forced the race to be interesting as there was no rest for anyone. The riders who liked the course were keen to push on and make it difficult for the riders who weren’t suited to the course.
It was quite a long race for me; I haven’t done many races that length yet as a senior. On my final lap I was on my own and felt like I was going really slow, but was happy to get a medal in my first national championship as a senior. It’s always good to see your teammates on the podium in the Women’s Championship, I am so pleased for Laura [Trott] and Dani [King] but Lizzie was really strong on the day and it was good to see her win.”
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) took the Women’s National Road Race title, taking to the podium in Glasgow Green in front of thousands of spectators. Laura Trott out-sprinted Dani King to take second.
Owain Doull (100% ME) took silver in the Under 23 Men’s Championship, where 13 laps of the Glasgow circuit were completed by the field that included former World Champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) and defending National Champion Ian Stannard (Sky Pro Cycling).
Doull, who recently claimed the green points jersey at AnPost Ras, took silver as fellow 100% ME rider Simon Yates claimed the Under 23 National Championship title. In the Men's competition, it came down to a sprint between Stannard and Cavendish, where undoubtledly Cavendish took the win. Wales' Luke Rowe came in 5th in the Men's Championship, the highest placed Welsh rider.
Highlights of the British Cycling National Road Championships will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday 24 June at 7pm.