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CYCLING: Two victories for Kiraly

By John Lavery

Velo-One Cycling Team’s Roland Kiraly continued the team’s recent run of success as he took victories at both the Witham Wheelers 25 Mile and Lincoln Wheelers 10 Mile events.

Kiraly stormed to victory in the former by a minute and a half setting a new personal best for the blue riband distance event, whilst he broke the event record at Lincoln with a blistering time of 20 minutes 11 seconds.

Team mate James Gelsthorpe continued the winning streak taking victory at the aptly named Long Hill Time Trial near Buxton. The event was run over 7.1km with an average gradient of three per cent, but reaching over 12 per cent in places.

Antony Gough in the opening Lincolnshire 50 Mile Time Trial Championship organised by Spalding Cycling Club. Photo: Richard Howes Photography (13631710)
Antony Gough in the opening Lincolnshire 50 Mile Time Trial Championship organised by Spalding Cycling Club. Photo: Richard Howes Photography (13631710)

Gelsthorpe - last year’s Lincolnshire Road Race Association Hill Climb Champion - covered the course in 13 mins 25 seconds to comfortably win by over 30 seconds from the next fastest rider.

Elsewhere, Matt Elworthy continues to be one of the busiest riders on the regional Time Trial scene competing in both the Witham Wheelers 25 (11th) and the Lincoln Wheelers 10 (8th), as well as local races in Sleaford and Boston as he prepares for this weekend’s Nev Crane Memorial event being held by Sleaford Wheelers.

l The team had a successful opening to the 2019 season’s Lincolnshire RRA Time Trial Championship events last month. The team had five riders taking to the start line for the 50 Mile event and secured their 10th LRRA team title since forming just over three years ago.

After an indifferent start to this season, the race saw a welcome return to form for Antony Gough. After seven individual podiums in LRRA Championship events since 2016, his time of 1:55:00 was enough to finally secure an individual title for the first time. The victorious Velo-One team also included Matt Elworthy 7th (2:01:22); Graham Wright (Velo-One) 8th 2:04:21; Sam Marshall 15th (2:13:37) and Loz Staples 22nd (2:23:03)

l Velo-One Cycling Team races to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to support JDRF, a charity supporting children and young adults with Type 1.


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