Gel­sthorpe claims his fifth open vic­tory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Peter­bor­ough Cy­cling Club cleaned up in the Bourne Wheel­ers Open 25 near S leaford at the week­end.

They pro­vided the winnner in the shape of James Gel­sthorpe, who picked up his fifth in­di­vid­ual open win of the sea­son, and club­mate Matthew Sen­ter was sec­ond. Gel­sthorpe clocked 53:43 and Sen­ter 54:00.

The club’s ex- Masters World Cham­pion Mal­colm Smith was eighth in 55:38 which meant another team vic­tory for the city club.

And round­ing off a great day for them, their reign­ing world duathlon cham­pion Claire Steels was the fastest fe­male rider in 1:01.06 for an ex­cel­lent 19 th over­all from the 44 fin­ish­ers.

Fur­ther south in the Temps­ford area Ni­cholas Hitchens con­tin­ued his run of form by record­ing a per­sonal best 25- mile time of 56:56, im­prov­ing by a mas- sive 43 sec­onds. He was 12th from 50 fin­ish­ers in the Fins­bury Park pro­moted event.

The club’s last sum­mer league race of the sea­son at Help­ston was won by fly­ing vet­eran Mal­colm Smith in 22:25.

FENLAND CLAR­ION

In the Bourne Wheel­ers 25-mile time trial there were some strong lo­cal per­for­mances from Fenland Clar­ion rid­ers.

They were led home by the in-form Dave Lang­lands in sixth place with his time of 54.48 and this was backed up by club­mates Paul Lil­ley in 57.50 for 13th and Steve Kaye in 58.45 which gained him 16th place.

The club’s Blue­bell Se­ries has just one round to go and some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances though out the sea­son have left young Jonathan Toma sit­ting in first place, with Dave O’Brien cur­rently sec­ond.

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