Former boxing champion set for cycling debut
THE area’s leading cyclist and some speed merchants of the past are among those competing in Peterborough Cycling Club’s annual twoman time trial on the old A1 course at 3pm tomorrow.
Eye ace Steve Lampier, who won the sprints title at the televised Halfordstour Series last year, will be in action for a three-man IGSigma Sport team who have received special permission to ride as part of their preparation for a forthcoming national event.
Also of interest will be the appearance of three pairings consisting of six members of the self-styled ‘wild bunch’, a group of veterans who meet up twice a week for social riding.
Club stalwart Joe Ippolito (63) will ride with long-time friend and former Peterborough boxing champion John Semeraro (64) who will compete in his first ever cycle race.
Former club champion John Savill (66), the first Peterborough rider to beat the hour for 25 miles, is paired with club vice captain Bill Platts (59).
Four-time club champion Steve Brooks (62), the first Peterborough rider to beat four hours for 100 miles, partners 1966 club champion Dave Stanbridge (65), who was twice a member of the winning South East Midlands team in the four-man team time trial back in 1969/70.
Brooks has not raced at any level since the early 1990s while Stanbridge last raced in 1983 and only got back on his bike last September for health reasons.
ONLY seven Peterborough Cycling Club members spring Northants Road Race Series. The three laps of the Gidding circuit offered little protection from a strong wind and the groups split up early on.
Lindsay Clarke suffered from a clash of wheels only a few minutes into the race and this cost time to both her and husband Steve who helped put the wheel back into place.
That left Joe Clarke as the lone Clarion rider with a chance of challenging at the front, but on this occasion he finished just outside the top 10.
That left the local club a lowly seventh on the day and they lost their top spot in the series. With two rounds to go it’s the 45 Road Club leading the way although Fenland are just three points adrift so could still have a chance of a series victory.
LOCAL ACE: Steve Lampier.