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Gloucester City riders race to success

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

Gerry McGarr cycled to gold

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GLOUCESTER City riders John Murphy and Gerry McGarr have received gold medals for winning their age categories in the national championships.

They won the titles last season and the guest of honour at the national awards was Malcolm Elliot, an ex-Tour de France rider.

When Elliot rode the Tour de France for ANC Halfords, the manager of the team was ex-Gloucester City rider Phil Griffiths.

The City riders won their national titles over 50 miles at Abergavenny and McGarr also won the 25-mile title which was held in Lincoln.

He was given a BBAR certificate for coming in the top 50 in the national comp-which requires rid-to compete at 50 miles, 100 miles and in a 12-hour marathon. Certificates are awarded to riders averaging in excess of 22mph and McGarr’s average was 23.475mph which was one of the fastest of his career.

McGarr was the reigning 100-mile age group champion but did not put up a defence as he could not get to the event in the Lake District.

The riders also won the Welsh titles at the same distances and McGarr has just been awarded the bronze medal for finishing third in the WTTA best all-rounder competition having been the holder of the trophy the previous season.

Meanwhile, road captain Ian Humble led a large group out to Inkberrow, near Worcester, to watch the Evesham Vale Road Race where the Raleigh Professional Team were racing – having just come back from abroad the professional team with a budget of £750,000 were too strong for most of the local riders and finished in the first four places.

Evesham boy Ben Stockdale, who trains in Cheltenham, was fifth. The group carried on from the race to Evesham, Broadway and covered over 70 miles on the sunny day.

Eleven members of the club have flown out to Majorca for a week of warm weather cycling.

The group comprises tourists and some racing members who will be making the most of the week to get some long training rides in.

The first ‘open’ race of the season takes place on Easter Saturday, April 19, and is the annual T G Hall 25-mile time-trial. It is part of the WTTA hardriders competition.

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