Organised by CTT Midland District Committee, Star riders Seanin Gilmore and Lee Heron took part in last Sunday’s 50-mile TT on the K10/50 course near Rugby. The field comprised a strong entry of 75 riders, with 56 finishers on the day.
The course started and finished outside Princethorpe, consisting of two laps, which included out and back legs along the A45 and A445. The course is fairly flat, with some undulations – totalling about 300m – but the two trips along the A445 to Cubbington was a real battle against a fairly strong headwind.
Seanin on her way to an excellent 3rd place in her first 50-mile TT
This was Seanin’s first 50-mile TT, but as she trains for Middle Distance Triathlons, knew she would feel pretty happy at this distance and commented as follows;
“My plan was to make the first 25 miles -comfortably hard – and I rode to power. I don’t usually do this, but I am sure it helped me pace this race properly and not go off too hard. For the second half my aim was to increase the power as much as I could and really dig in for the final miles. I actually found the miles ticked away pretty quickly, and the course had enough interest (not to mention 20+ roundabouts) to keep me focussed.”
Seanin’s great first-time effort for a 50, placed her as third women overall, with a time of 2.09.35, whilst Lee finished on 2.04.16 in 24th position.
The winning times were phenomenal, 2.00.01 for women’s winner Michelle Lee and an incredible 1.39.56 for Jason Boutell, whose winning margin was almost exactly 10 minutes.