Veterans ride to natioanl success

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ONCE again veteran members of the A5 Rangers Cycling Club have finished on the podium in national cycling events.

In the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ National Time Trial Championships based on roads around Southam, Derek Moyle and Murray Kirton took gold and silver medals.

The hilly 17.40-mile circuit took in the testing climbs of Priors Marston and Napton on the Hill.

With a time of 54 minutes and 33 seconds, Derek was fastest in the 75 to 80 age group, beating the second-placed rider, Chas Wilde of the Eagle Road Club, by six and a half minutes.

In the 70 to 75 group, Murray returned with a silver medal winning time of 53 minutes and 36 seconds. The winner was Mick Ives from Team Jewson with a time of 52.01.

Junior members of the club have also been performing with some success.

Recent cyclo-cross events have seen the club’s youngsters steadily improve.

The most recent being the Central League Cyclo-Cross event at Hemel Hempstead. The skills training at Towcester Racecourse over the summer helped club members stay upright and gain high finishing positions.

In the U10s, Kit Williams placed eighth while Alasdair Grant came second in the U12s and Jack Williams finished eighth.

Third places were gained by Rhona Grant and Elizabeth Ruffley in the U14s and U16s respectively.

This Saturday sees the club promote the next round of the cyclo-cross league at Magdalen College Brackley. This event is open to all ages. For more information on this, ring Catherine Ruffley on 07852 280255.

For further information on all the other cycling events the Towcester-based club runs, contact Mick Holliday on 01327 350498.

The racing season has just ended and the emphasis is now on the Saturday morning group rides and training for the youngsters.