Four Welland Valley members took part in the various closed road events that all started at the East of England showground in Peterborough on Sunday 2nd June.
Chris Dainty led the charge with an early start in the UCI 69 Mile Gran Fondo. Chris finished 13th in his age group to claim a place in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships to be held in Poland in September. Chris completed the wind-swept course in 3 hours 28 minutes holding off three other riders in a sprint to the line. Unfortunately, Chris will not be riding in the finals in Poland, as he will be on his holiday (the result being as much a surprise to him as anyone).
Next on the start line was Dave Bayliss in the UCI 100-mile Gran Fondo. This was Dave’s first 100-mile ride. Dave experienced tough conditions with headwinds in the exposed flat terrain. After recovering from a self-inflicted under-fueling issue Dave finished the course in the rain, clocking a time of 6 hours and 37 minutes.
Stewart Holland and Anthea Turnbull took part in the 100-mile sportive that followed the UCI events, both completing their first centuries. The sportive covered the same course as the Gran Fondo and the wind continued to be a challenge especially in the latter half of the course. Stewart completed the course in 6 hours 4 minutes and enjoyed the VIP area before and after his ride. This was included in the package that he successfully bid for in the Air Ambulance Auction at the Welland Valley Awards evening. Anthea finished just as the winds really picked up, avoiding the safety barriers blown over at the finish line, clocking a time of 8 hours 3 minutes.
Well done all, and thanks Anthea for the report.
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