Ross-on-Wye hosts a major cycling weekend

By Ross Gazette sports reporter   |   Sport reporter   |
Friday 29th July 2016 7:30 am
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Ross-on-Wye and District Cycling Club hosted a very successful weekend of time trialling, organised by Will Bevan and Paul Stephens.

On Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th, 254 riders entered the events, along with 12 paracyclists.

Saturday’s event was a 10 mile time trial on the dual carriageway course between Raglan and Abergavenny, one of the quicker courses in the country.

There were 145 entrants for this event on a pleasantly sunny day, plus 11 hand bikes and one tandem in the paracycling event.

The fastest rider completed the 10 miles in 19 minutes 56 seconds, the fastest hand bike in 26:10, and the tandem in 25:29.

It was a very successful event and the club intends to pursue the addition of paracycling categories in future open events. Ross riders were Paul Stephens who finished in 23:12, James Coull 23:49 and Tom Knight 25:25.

The 25 mile course on Sunday morning, starting at Usk, to Monmouth and back via Mitchell Troy, was entered by 109 riders, and saw calm, dry weather conditions.

The winning time was 50:24, with Lee Morgan beating Tom Ward by one second to secure victory. Both rode the two events, with Tom pipping Lee to the weekend prize by just three seconds, a much closer result than the Tour de France.

Ross rider Will Bevan finished an excellent sixth in 53:46.

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