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Solicitor Charlotte Higgins chalked up two more national titles at the Masters Track National Championships which took place from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in Newport.
Charlotte, who works full time in Bell & Buxton’s Commercial Law Department assisting businesses across the region with commercial contracts and GDPR Compliance, dedicates her life outside of work to a gruelling training regime as an elite cyclist, which has seen her win seven National titles, three National records, and a World record.
Having won the Individual Pursuit at the Masters Track Nationals in 2018 and 2019, breaking the World Record in 2018, and also winning the Elite National Derny Paced Championship in September 2019, Charlotte joined Storey Racing in 2020, a road and track team set up by the most successful Para-Olympian of all time, Dame Sarah Storey who runs the team with her husband Barney Storey MBE.
Throughout the Covid lockdowns, Charlotte committed to an evening and weekend training programme with the goal of retaining her title for the National Individual Pursuit event. Restricted access to the Derby Velodrome over the last 18 months where Charlotte would usually have her training sessions meant that preparation for this year’s National Championship, which was also twice delayed from the summer, was a tougher challenge and prior to the event she was not certain how strong her track times would be.
Thankfully, Charlotte won the 500 metre time trial (2 laps from a standing start) on the opening day, having fallen behind on the first lap, but recovering for the win with an electric second lap.
On Saturday, competing in the Individual Pursuit, Charlotte set off at a blistering pace, taking 2 seconds out of her opponent on the opposite side of the track, to take the title, together with a new National Record, missing out on the World Record by 1 second.
Bell & Buxton Partner Alex Ross commented ”It’s remarkable how Charlotte manages her successful career as a Solicitor alongside her success as an elite sportsperson, competing against many full time professional cyclists. Everyone at the firm is thrilled for her and really proud of what she has achieved”