Double Olympic and world champion Laura Trott OBE did not fail to impress during her appearances in the Elveden Road Races.
In the women’s race — where she lined up alongside her sister Emma, who rides for the Dutch Women’s Pro team Boels- Dolmans — she produced a technically-perfect ride that was captivating to watch.
Having stayed in the leading bunch for the first lap before she made her move, she then spent the rest of the 10-lap race out on her own.
At a metronomic rate, she produced near identical lap times, averaging nine minutes 22 seconds.
Only on the last lap did she, not surprisingly, afford herself the luxury of slowing down marginally, before finishing 5.08 ahead of Siobhan McNamara.
The Wiggle Honda rider said: “I regretted going so early as it was hard out there on your own — there was a massive head wind in places.
“I had hoped Emma would have come with me, but none of the other girls in that leading group were used to working together and there was no way she was going to do it on her own.”
While McNamara won the bunch sprint for second place, Emma Trott came in at the back of that group to finish in seventh.
The Trott sisters competed in the main senior event for second, third and fourth category riders and, although it was no walk in the park for them, they were both in contention for much of the 30-mile race.
Heavy rain and strengthening winds from the second lap onwards made it hard going for everyone.
Several riders attempted to break away, but none succeeded so it came down to terrific bunch sprint with just six seconds separating the top seven finishers.
Joshua Green (Glendene CC) just got it on the line ahead of Tom Neale (Spalding CC) and Jonathan Shuster (Team Corley Cycles), who were all given the same time.
Although the weather took its toll on Emma, Laura Trott finished in 26th place, just 1.37 behind Green.
In the Youth A race (under-16s), Tom Yiancou (Neon=velo.com) held his nerve to win the 15-rider sprint for the line, ahead of Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club teammates Lewis Bully and Callum O’Hara.
Just three seconds separated the next 12 riders after their seven laps of the three-and-a-half-mile circuit.
While in the Youth B race, over the shorter distance of five laps, Timothy Torrie (Chelmer CC) had a far more comfortable victory, finishing 2.39 ahead of his closest rival, Matthew Ellis (Spalding CC).
The first race of the day was for the fourth category riders with Ross Fawcett (Ipswich BC) and Gavin Barron (Iceni Velo) working well together to forge themselves a lead ahead of the bunch.
As they approached the finishing line, Fawcett made his move with 200 yards to go and Barron was unable to respond, losing out by five seconds.
Complete results at www.elvedenraces.com