For­mer box­ing cham­pion set for cy­cling de­but

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

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.

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