Adam Blythe of NFTO Pro Cycling and Eileen Roe of Starley Primal Pro Cycling won the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the 2014 British National Cycling Circuit Championships in Hull on Wednesday night.
Blythe, 24, won the men’s crown after a two-man sprint for the line against Chris Opie of Rapha Condor JTL.
Blythe rounded Opie in the final yards after the duo earlier separated from the field. Graham Briggs of Rapha Condor JLT finished third.
âI’m ecstatic,â Blythe said after the race. âI knew I could do well and it was about doing everything right overnight. I am absolutely delighted with the result.â
Scotland’s Eileen Roe launched a late solo attack on a technical circuit in the women’s race to win a British champion’s jersey.
Amy Roberts of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling was second and Charline Joiner, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International rider, third.
Roe, winner of the 2014 Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, said: âI’m over the moon. I really wanted this, I put so much pressure on myself. It’s incredible.”
James McCallum of NFTO Pro Cycling had applied the pressure from the start, escaping the peloton with Kristian House of Rapha Condor JLT and Ian Wilkinson of Team Raleigh.
Madison Genesis responded by driving in the front of the pack and the trio were quickly brought back before House instantly reacted to his own attack with a solo effort.
But the 2009 British road champion was quickly caught up as a breakneck pace brought down more than half of the field of 63 riders.
With 10 laps to go, the decisive blow came with Adam Duggleby of Blythe, Opie and Wheelbase Altura creating an eight second gap.
Duggleby then fell back from the three-way breakaway and with the field unable to close the gap, the jersey would be decided in a showdown between Opie and Blythe.
Opie chose to lead the sprint, but Blythe managed to get around the 26-year-old to win.
âI knew if it was a sprint it would work for me,â Blythe said.
âOnce there were three laps to go I knew we could stay out of the way then and it was just a matter of doing as little as possible but as much as possible to try and save something for the sprint.
“I had been happy with a tuck sprint, but as it went like that, it was pretty tight, it could have been quite difficult for a tuck sprint.”
Jessie Walker of Matrix Fitness-Vulpine was active throughout the first few trades and the 19-year-old eventually escaped the field halfway through the race.
Walker widened a considerable gap and led solo for three laps before being braked with more than 10 laps of the 1.1 kilometer course remaining.
Teammate Jo Tindley and Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International runner Charline Joiner then attacked with six laps to go, but it was short lived.
Roe, second behind Hannah Barnes in 2013, then broke away from the field with more than one lap from the end, the 24-year-old having perfectly synchronized her effort.
Amy Roberts of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling tried to close the gap but was unable to catch up with Roe, who will compete for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
Roberts finally settled for second place with Joiner third.
âThe field was wide open, my legs were a little hard at the start of the race, but as soon as I got into it my legs started to heat up,â said Roe.
“I didn’t want it to come down to a massive sprint.”