There are those that dream and those that do, and when it comes to Cycling Time Trials, NRC proudly boasts a doer in Claire Emons.
NRC Club Racer Claire took part in the Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) National 50 Mile Championship on Sunday 14th June and brought home a Bronze medal for her performance.
And what a performance!
A brief explanation of Veteran Time Trialing ‘Standards’ puts it into perspective. Understandably a 40-year male might be expected to be faster than say an 75-year-old woman. Therefore ‘Standards’ take account of a rider's age and gender. They provide VTTA members a handicap system allowing all members to compete against each other on a level playing field.
Claire has been in intense training all Winter and headed to the course between Cambourne and Cambridge with high hopes of at least a PB over that distance. She would need to see off tough competition from the UK’s fastest time triallers over 40 years of age to have a chance of a podium finish.
With an outstanding time of 1:54:58 over 50 miles, Claire came 5th on Standard out of a field of 180 male and female riders, with only two ladies and two men doing better. That’s over 26 mph for 50 miles and bagged her a richly deserved bronze place in the National female race. She also set a London and Home Counties age record – well done Claire!
An honourable mention also must go to NRC male rider, Tristan Davenne, who finished in 1:51:01 – a superb effort.
Fancy trying a TT? NRC runs a busy TT calendar and there is an event most Wednesday evenings. To find out more, check out the TT calendar and sign up to take part in a TT, visit our Club TT pages here.