Cycling: Peterborough pro is a national champion

Steve Lampier has won the Premier Trophy with two races to spare.
Steve Lampier has won the Premier Trophy with two races to spare.
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Peterborough Cycling Club professional Steve Lampier has wrapped up top spot in the Premier Trophy with two races still to go.

Lampier. who rides for the Raleigh GAC team in national competitions, sealed the deal with an excellent fourth place in the 92-mile Rydale GP on the tough terrain in North Yorkshire.

The club’s local star of the week was James Gelsthorpe who finished 11th in the Neville Crane Memorial 25 near Doinington, in his first attempt at the distance. His time in dismal conditions was 55.29.

Steve Wood recorded a personal best of 56.23 to finish inside the top 20. The team finished second in a race won by national champion Matt Bottrill just ahead of Peterborough’s second claim rider Brett Harwood who was racing for Terry Wright Cycles.

Graham Wright finished in 1.02.32, but it was an execellent return to action following a serious injury.

Gelsthorpe also won the club’s annual Rimes Cup event finishing in style ahead of Wood and Paul Pardoe.

Gareth Smith finished ninth in the Gravesend Cycle Park race and then 19th in the Rockingham speedway race.

Dave Hulatt was pleased with his time of 22.24 in the Team Cambridge Open 10 near Cambourne.

Dave Langlands of Fenland Clarion finished second in the Cambridge event recording his best time of the season, 20.34, while clubmate Simon Pitchford continued his rich vein of form with a new personal best time, by 26 seconds, of 21.16 to sneak into 10th.

Jerry Norman delivered a solid performance to secure ninth place in the St Ives circuit race for under 16s.