MIKE Vaughan Cycles (Kenilworth) rider Liz Powell continued to show the level of improvement that she has demonstrated throughout this season with an 11th placed finish in the CTT national 25 championships on Saturday.
The championships were held on the challenging J2/9 Cheshire course, near Holmes Chapel, which was described as being a wet, twisty, undulating course full of traffic and not one allowing riders to go full gas all the time.
The list of entrants was headed by Dame Sarah Storey but also included riders from as far afield as Devon and Suffolk.
Weather conditions on the day meant early riders were riding on a wet road with clear conditions but as the afternoon wore on sunny and warm conditions met the middle of the field.
As the seeded riders began their races the weather turned, resulting in a limited but torrential downpour, making conditions very difficult for later riders.
Although Powell avoided most of the torrential rain, she did experience strong headwinds for significant portions of the course, finishing with a time of 1.00.26, only seconds away from a top ten finish.
Although slightly disappointed to have narrowly missed out on the top ten, Powell had never intended to target the 25-mile distance at the beginning of the season and therefore this result is an added bonus to her (already) successful season.
Her next focus is the national 10-mile championships to be held on the local K33/10 course at the end of August.