El­liott breaks 30-mile record

Rachael El­liott ready to break 30mph bar­rier

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achael El­liott sliced al­most three min­utes off her own com­pe­ti­tion record for 30 miles in the Leo RC time trial on Satur­day — and vowed to go un­der the hour mark in 2018.

The 39-year-old from New­bury has im­proved since join­ing Drag2zero for the 2017 sea­son, and is al­ready plan­ning to be­come the first woman to go un­der one hour for the dis­tance.

“I was hold­ing over 30mph all the way round on Satur­day,” she said. “It wasn’t un­til 100 me­tres to go that my av­er­age speed dropped to 29.9mph.

“I hadn’t been tar­get­ing the hour at all on Satur­day, but I think with sim­i­lar con­di­tions to when I last broke the record it would be very pos­si­ble. I’ll def­i­nitely try and keep the 30mph av­er­age all the way to the fin­ish line next year!”

Her new record time of 1:00.34 came de­spite heavy rain and winds on the Cam­bridgeshire course, with 56 rid­ers de­cid­ing not to ride be­cause of the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

“When I en­tered the event, the record was def­i­nitely a tar­get,” she added. “But nearer to the event the record wasn’t on my mind be­cause I thought it would be very slow, wet and windy.

“I did get rained on pretty heav­ily at Newmarket both ways, but the wind wasn’t nearly as bad as fore­cast. Hav­ing said that, I’ve been faster in both di­rec­tions in the past!

“I wasn’t sure about the record un­til the last 10 miles. I knew I had 24 min­utes to do that last 10 miles, so only then did I feel that I was on for the record.”

El­liott’s times have im­proved with greater aero knowl­edge gained from Drag2zero, and she has also ben­e­fited from be­ing team-mates with top-level rid­ers such as na­tional 12-hour cham­pion Alice Leth­bridge and Kate Al­lan.

With the com­pe­ti­tion record in the bag, El­liott has just one more ride this sea­son — the Na­tional Cir­cuit Cham­pi­onships at Thrux­ton this week­end — where she will be tar­get­ing the team prize with Leth­bridge and Vicky Gill as well as the in­di­vid­ual win.

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