Olympic champion pips Towcester racer

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Hannah Barnes said she was blown away by the mass of fans that roared the Towcester racer down the home straight on The Mall in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix on Saturday.

Despite being beaten by double Olympic champion Laura Trott, Barnes said she would never forget the experience after narrowly missing out in a sprint finish.

The IG Nocturne London winner was part of a 90-plus strong field who thrilled fans as they raced a 1.3-mile loop around St James Park.

The 20-year-old said after the race: “It was amazing to race, especially to straight in front of Buckingham Palace where the Olympics were.

“The crowds were unbelievable the whole way around, it’s a great event. It was a close race and finish but to come second to Laura Trott is like a win to me. I’m really chuffed.

“It’s great to have a race like that in Britain. I never thought I would see it. Having people shout my name even though there was an Olympic champion in the field was great. It kept me going.

“When they first announced the event, you got the impression they wanted it to be a massive event but I did not think it would be this big. It is fantastic.”

Prudential RideLondon took place on August 3 and 4. If you’re inspired to ride, visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.