Didcot Phoenix Cycling Club’s Henry Latimer, Richard Gildea and Harri James took bronze at the National Team Time Trial Championships in Cheshire.

The trio covered the 30-mile course in 1hr 1min 50secs to come behind the sponsored race teams of Team Ribble and Team Bottrill.

They secured third place by the tightest of margins, finishing just a second ahead of Nuun-Sigma Sport to claim bronze.

The trio warmed up for the event with a recent success at a competition in Weston-on-the-Green and they were the top three riders in the club’s ten-mile championships a little over a week ago.

But to put it all together in a national event is no mean feat, with club president Anthony Atkin describing their third place as an ‘extraordinary performance’.

All three riders began time-trialling at Didcot through the club’s friendly Thursday night races.

Latimer started as a junior before being scouted by sponsors and has only returned to his home club this year, keen to encourage more riders into racing.

Gildea, who became a father only a few months ago, won a bronze medal in the national 12-hour time trial championships last year and regularly earns podium places at hill climb competitions.

James, originally from Wales, is more of a cyclo-cross rider, but has scooped victories in time trialling.

Didcot Phoenix are based in Boundary Park Pavilion in Didcot and have room for new members.

Visit didcotphoenix.co.uk for more information.