Brave cy­cle star Dolan signed by Dan­ish team


Herald Express - - Sport - BY DAVID THOMAS

THE guts which Lau­ren Dolan showed when she fin­ished last year’s World Road Race Cham­pi­onships Ju­nior Time Trial de­spite gory-look­ing in­juries was a ma­jor fac­tor in earn­ing her a place in Den­mark’s Team Ryt­ger women’s squad for next sea­son.

Dolan, 18, from Bick­ing­ton near New­ton Ab­bot, had also been brought down in a road race in Den­mark, but she showed the same re­silience to get up and beat a cou­ple of Ryt­ger rid­ers, watched by the boss of the Copen­hagen-based team.

Lau­ren took a break from com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the sum- mer, but her dad Mark – he was a top UK ju­nior him­self – re­vealed: “It seems like the man­ager of the Ryt­ger team had not for­got­ten what he saw of her that day.

“That led to the in­vi­ta­tion for Lau­ren to ride over there next year, and it should be a good move for her.

“Ryt­ger, who are an un­der-23 team, have a strong cal­en­dar of races, in­clud­ing quite a few in Bel­gium and Hol­land.”

For­mer Great Bri­tain Devel­op­ment squad mem­ber Dolan has been re­build­ing her fit­ness in road rides, hill-climbs and track ses­sions at the Newport Velo­drome in re­cent months, and that pro­gramme will con­tinue through the win­ter.

She will not live abroad, as her for­mer Mid-Devon Cy­cling Club col­leagues Matt Lang­wor­thy and Har­ri­son Wood will do in Bel­gium and the south of France re­spec­tively in 2019.

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But she will join a Ryt­ger train­ing camp in the New Year and then travel over for se­lected races.

The news that next year’s UK Na­tional Hill Climb Cham­pi­onships will be held at Hay­tor will not mean the road clo­sure that many peo­ple have ex­pected.

Cy­cling Time Tri­als, the rul­ing body in this coun­try, an­nounced last week that the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar cham­pi­onships will be staged by the King­steign­ton-based Mid-Devon Cy­cling Club on the three-mile climb from just above Bovey Tracey to the Rocks car park on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

With a field ex­pected to ap­proach 300 rid­ers of all ages, the well-used road is un­doubt­edly go­ing to be busy, to say the least, and the event also at­tracts large num­bers of sup­port­ers and spec­ta­tors.

But I un­der­stand that a com­plete road clo­sure for the du­ra­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion is highly un­likely, but the fi­nal 200-300 yards of the climb will be fenced off to keep fans off the road it­self.

The Mid-Devon club will also hold its an­nual hill-climb cham­pi­onships on Hay­tor a month be­fore the Na­tion­als, and that event too could pull in a big­ger-than-usual field as rid­ers ‘re­hearse’ the ef­fort they will need for the big one in Oc­to­ber.

The South-West Cy­clo-Cross League is in an en­forced break, be­cause of the can­cel­la­tion of last Sun­day’s Round Seven meet­ing at Stad­dis­combe near Ply­mouth.

The se­ries will re­sume at Fal­mouth Bike Park, Corn­wall, on Sun­day week, Novem­ber 18.

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