Wood leads the way to Denmark

Tour of Cambridgeshire action.
Tour of Cambridgeshire action.
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The Tour of Cambridgeshire was also a big hit for Peterborough Cycling Club as several of their members qualified for the World Championships in Denmark.

On Saturday, Cambridgeshire witnessed the first ever Gran Fondo in the UK with a number of members participating in both the TT on Saturday and the 87 mile road race on the Sunday.

What was very special was the completely closed road system that operated over the weekend.

Steve Wood was their top rider in the 17-mile time trial, finishing sixth out of 72 riders, and Paul Pardoe also qualified.

On Sunday in the road race championship, Wood qualified again by finishing 62nd out of 1,500 rivals in his category.

Gareth Smith qualified for his age group in only his second season of racing and Victoria Valentine added to her laurels by once again qualifying for her age group in the ladies championship.

Just under 5,000 people cycled in Sunday’s race, which was for amateurs of all abilities on closed roads.

The route took in towns and villages across the county.

Andrew Williams from club Cwmcarn Paragon won it for the men, with Cambridge’s Laura Massey crowned the fastest woman.

Steve Wood narrowly beat James Gelsthorpe at Helpston in the club’s latest Summer League 10 race.

And on the same night Jason Burrill scored the club’s first win at the Rockingham Speedway when he outsprinted some 60 riders to win the race at an average speed of 26 mph.

Considering he was still bruised and battered following his spectacular crash the previous Sunday, that was some effort.