The Lady from the Wheelers

Bonwen Ewing

The British Women’s National Championship at Llandeilo on Sunday 5 September was a closely fought battle with 27 seconds covering the first three over the 32 kilometres they faced. Repeating her success of last year Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team), hardened by a season of highly successful road racing on Europe’s roads, finished with 44-30, just 19 seconds faster than the Queen of domestic time trialling Julia Shaw (UTAG-Yamaha) while Olympian Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci) was a further eight seconds behind Pooley. Pooley’s team mate Sharon Laws, champion in 2008, was fourth. 1-04 off of Pooley’s pace. Fifth was Emma Trott (Moving Ladies), who like the previous four broke the 26mph barrier. Local rider, Bronwen Ewing of the Rye & District Wheelers, showed guts and class in this company. One of very few club riders in the event, she stormed round the Welsh course, where a crowd of many thousands had gathered, and finished in 15th. place, well ahead of many quality riders. Bronwen, who has been riding with a painful knee condition this season, is due for an operation in October and will be ready for the 2011 season. If she is this good with one leg then other competitors need to watch out, what will she be like with two? Bronwen Ewing has already won a National Team Championship for the Wheelers. Bronwen Liz King and Ali Steed won the Ladies National Best All Rounder Team Competition in 2009. Bronwen is a tough lady and has expressed a wish to compete in the 2011 National 24 Hour Championship which comes to Sussex for the first time in many years. Her credentials are good, she was the Kent Cycling Association Ladies Twelve Hour Champion in 2009. Who could doubt her ability to carry off the individual National “24” title next year?

Ladies British Time Trial Championship 2010

1. Emma Pooley Cervelo Test Team 00:44:30

2. Julia Shaw Utag Yamaha 00:44:49

3. Wendy Houvenaghel Bike Chain Ricci 00:44:57

4. Sharon Laws Cervelo Test Team 00:45:34

5. Emma Trott Moving Ladies 00:46:00

6. Sarah Storey Horizon Fitness RT 00:46:48

7. Claire Galloway Team Zappi’s 00:46:57

8. Mathilde Matthysse Ferryhill Whs/Mountain High RT 00:47:29

9. Michelle King Cult Racing 00:47:41

10. Claire Newland Welwyn Whs 00:48:58

11. Jenny Lloyd-Jones London Dynamo Prologue 00:50:01

12. Paula Moseley Climb on Bikes CC 00:50:46

13. Charlotte Easton Cyclefit RT 00:50:48

14. Emma Grant Rapha Condor 00:50:54

15. Bronwen Ewing Rye & DistWhs 00:51:01

16. Emilie Fisher Orbea/For Goodness Shakes! 0 0:51:11

17. Lesley-Anne Walkling 00:51:33

18. Lynn Patchet Stone Whs 0:51:45

19. Ruth Middleton PCA Ciclos Uno 00:51:46

20. Michelle Parsons Team Echelon Spiuk 00:51:59

21. Sue Fenwick Crest CC 00:52:06

22. Alexandra Grzegorczyk Leamington C&AC 00:52:40

23. Susan Semple Stafford RC 00:53:08

24. Victoria Ware VC Moulin 00:53:1

25. Rachel Mcgranaghan VC St Raphael 00:56:33

26. Alana Collis Ashfield RC 00:56:48

27. Sara Dias-Ayton a3crg/SIS 00:58:05

There were forty riders accepted for the ladies event

“Rye’s Own” October 2010

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