Bru­tal week earns third


Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

Adalta CC riders Ken Jones, Wayne Beba, Rod Archibald, Keith Wat­son and Alex Baker took on the epic Haute Route in France. Cov­er­ing 922k over seven days with 21,541 me­tres of climb­ing, the event is a huge test for any rider. Stage 1 saw all of the riders com­plete the route from Nice to Pra Loup in 30 de­gree heat. The sec­ond in­cluded a bru­tal climb up the Gra­non with 12k at 8.5%. The next day cov­ered 110k and 3,200m of climb­ing from Serre Che­va­lier to Alpe d’huez. Un­for­tu­nately, due to an on­go­ing in­jury, Jones had to re­tire. A time-trial up Alpe d’huez was next for the riders with Wat­son and Archibald fair­ing well in the over­all stand­ings and the team sit­ting fourth. Stage 5, the Queen stage, cov­ered 184k with 4,600m of climb­ing, fol­lowed the next day with 146k from Megeve to Morzine. Baker took a tum­ble on the wet de­scent putting a dis­ap­point­ing end to his ef­forts. The fi­nal day saw the team ar­rive in Geneva with Wat­son high­est-placed team rider over­all in 19th, Archibald fin­ish­ing 22nd and Beba in 39th. The riders took third place as a team af­ter a bru­tal seven days.

Stu­art Bald­win and Ciaran O’grady had a full week­end of rac­ing at the Giles Ree Me­mo­rial three-day event. Stage 1 was an all-out TT around Cy­clopark fol­lowed by a Crit race. Both riders fin­ished the day in the top half of the over­all. The sec­ond day was a road race at Newdi­gate with Bald­win sprint­ing to sixth place. The fi­nal stage was a hilly road race at Ladies Mile. O’grady put in a huge ef­fort to get into a break and was re­warded with fourth on the stage, se­cur­ing fifth over­all across the event.

Robin­son and Jamie Davies-evans fought the heat in Albi for the UCI Grand Fondo Finals. One hun­dred de­gree heat and lack of wa­ter at the stops meant that the riders suf­fered. DaviesE­vans re­tired at 100k with Robin­son mak­ing it across the line to fin­ish.

Thom­son fin­ished 10th in the 4th Cat Devel­op­ment race at Cy­clopark with Ciaran O’grady sixth in the E/1/2/ race.

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