Cycling: Dashing Dave leads Fenland Clarion charge, Garfield is good in Tour de Fens

Jason Burill suffered a puncture in the Toud de Fens.
Jason Burill suffered a puncture in the Toud de Fens.
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Fenland Clarion secured an excellent team victory in the seventh round of the Northants Time Trial event.

Dave Langlands led teammates Steve Kaye and Jerry Norman home with a sixth place finish in 56.02 over the 25-mile course.

Kaye was next home in 59.06 for 11th place, and rapidly improving Norman, who was also the first juvenile rider , followed in a time of 1.01.31.

John Royle’s good form continued with his performance in the Melton Olympic 25 mile event.

His time of 1.02.36 was good enough to place highly in his age group.

Sean Beard completed the Sleaford Wheelers 25 mile event in 1.03.09 for a top half finish and Malc Jacklin stepped up in distance to try his first 100 mile event on the B100/4 Attleborough course and finished 25th with his time of 4.11.23.

The Qualitetch/Alston Country Homes Peterborough Cycling Club road team contested the 76-mile Tour of the Fens in appalling weather. Ninety riders started but only 24 finished.

Matt Garfield had a brilliant ride in the muck to finish a terrific sixth even skillfully avoiding a crash just metres from the finish line.

Andy Cartledge punctured on lap two and Jason Burrill punctured on lap four so their day ended in disappointment.

The time triallists in the squad made up for the loss of the Thursday night league because of more road works with in-form James Gelsthorpe and Steve Wood both riding the Sleaford Wheelers 10.

Gelsthorpe won in a rapid 21.47 and Wood finished second in 21.53

Wood followed that up by finishing seventh in the Northants Time Trial in 57.08 while Graham Wright recorded his fastest ever time of 1.1.52

Nick Hitchens rode the Verulam 25 and finished an excellent sixth in 58.36.

And the club’s in-form resident professional Steve Lampier, riding for Raleigh GAC, again excelled finishing 13th in the Sheffield City Centre race and then fourth in the Beverley City Centre race.