Cy­cling

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sports -

Adalta rider Jo Smith fin­ished third over­all in the Full Gas Win­ter Track League meet­ing at Lee Val­ley Velo Park.

Smith has been a con­sis­tent per­former with sev­eral podium fin­ishes in the five-month long se­ries.

The venue will now be pre­pared to stage the World Track Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships for the first time later this year.

Se­cond cat­e­gory rider Emma Lewis fin­ished se­cond in the lat­est round of the East Lon­don Win­ter Se­ries at Hog Hill cir­cuit at Red­bridge in Es­sex.

She held her po­si­tion de­spite the in­con­ve­nience of a dropped chain on the climb.

The race split early, fol­low­ing a fast start, with rain and blus­tery winds mak­ing life dif­fi­cult.

Ali­cia Clifford main­tained her speed in the wors­en­ing con­di­tions, at­tack­ing the cor­ners on her way to eighth place, with fel­low fourth cat­e­gory rider Jody Coxon bat­tling against the leg-sap­ping climb to fin­ish one place be­hind in the pair’s first out­ing in Adalta colours.

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