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Gloucester City cyclist Lee Finch achieves best finish

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

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Mountain bike racer Lee Finch claimed a fine fourth-place finish at the third and final round of the South West Mountain Bike Cross Country Championship.

Held at a new venue on the Menpip Hills taking in sharp ascents, woodland sections and a quarry, Finch raced two laps in just under two hours.

The Gloucester City Cycling Club rider got off to a bad start and was held up behind the bunch going into the first cobbled uphill section.

But he managed to pick off the riders in front of him one by one, eventually finishing in fourth, his best result of his first year mountain bike racing.

Finch’s next race will be a 12-hour event at Earlstokenr Salisbury with experienced team-mate Andy Weaving.

Anthony Lake, Alastair Kay and Pete Kellow competed at Stourport in a criterium.

Four riders crashed on the tight circuit but the Gloucester riders were not involved.

Lake rode strongly throughout the race to finish in third position with team-mate Kay behind in fourth, Kellow was just outside the top 10.

Lake has been just outside the top 10 at Castle Coombe but this position has given him points towards category upgrading and he hopes to obtain a third category licence soon.

Alastair Barnard who is riding really well competed in the second race of the evening and continued his good form with a fourth place, making it a successful evening for the Gloucester team.

Castle Coombe attracted a large attendance of over 150 riders competing in round three of the Summer Series.

In the three-quarter category event that had 85 riders in the field the City Club was represented by Ali Barnard, Tom Leach, Nick Maiolo and Gary Jones.

Leach went with all the moves and attacks but the constant high speed made it impossible break away from such a large and fast moving peloton it came to a sprint for the line and inform Alastair crossed the line in a fine 3rd place for more points towards a second category licence.

The second race of the evening was for second category riders, first and Elite. In this main event the club had Matt Callaghan and Sean Townsend – 60 riders were in the race with ex –professional Ben Luckwell in the field.

The Gloucester men managed to hold the hour long pace but were unable in the sprint finish to get into the top 10 but both were pleased considering the high standard of the opposition.

Simon Witts competed in the South Wales VTTA 10 near Abergavenny and recorded a good time of 22 minutes, 20 seconds.

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