Persistence finally paid off for Carole Gandy at the weekend when she won the Women's British Best All Rounder (BBAR) title after 17 years trying.
Carole clinched the title in the YRC 50 by catching Marina Bloom for five minutes and beating Sarah Cramoyson by six minutes. Carole who is 60 was giving over 30 years to here two younger rivals but made all her experience tell. In three decades time trialling at the top level Carole had never managed to win the BBAR. This season was to be her last shot and to give herself a fighting chance Carole got Dave Lloyd to coach her - he worked on changing her cadence 'before Carole was pushing too big a gear and blowing up' said Dave 'so I got her on a spinning a smaller gear and it's worked a dream'. As well as her BBAR win Carole also won the Women's National 100, her first ever national win.
We're in the initial stages of arranging an interview with Carole - keep an eye on upcoming issues of the mag for it.
The BBAR is decided on performance in qualifying events at: 25, 50 and 100-mile time trials, plus a 12-hour time trial.