Brave cycle star Dolan signed by Danish team
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.