CHANNEL Islander Kimberley Ashton and Devon’s Jenny Corser were the two big winners in the women’s race at the South and South-West Road Race Championships at Owslebury, near Winchester.
The regions were combined this year, after nobody could be found to organise the South West’s own championship for the first time.
It was Ashton (Casp Racing), from Jersey, who dominated affairs to such an extent that she won on her own by six minutes to regain the title she last won in 2015.
The podium places came down to a bunch sprint, won by Gloucestershire’s Pfeiffer Georgi (Liv CC-Epic Coach- ing), which earned her the South region silver medal.
But third, and first South West rider, was Dawlish- based doctor Corser – she is a member of her local Mid-Devon CC but rides in the colours of Team RGB Build- ing supplies in regional and national events.
It represented a biggest-ever ‘win’ for Corser, and it must have felt all the sweeter because she was struck down by a career-threatening illness early in the season.
It was a blood-related problem which affected Corser’s breathing and performance, but after some time off for treatment and reassessment she has recovered, resumed training and got back to the point where she is strong enough to produce the sort of effort which has now earned her the SW crown.
Exeter’s Hannah Crockroft (Bianchi Dama UK) took the South West silver medal and Hannah Newsham (Somerset RC-Bicycle Chain) the bronze.