Cycling – Tour of Cambridgeshire

7 June 2016 - By Scott Darney

Seb Gwyn-Williams, Scott Knightbridge, Scott Darney and James Kennerley of Witham Running Club (joined by a friend of Scott K) took on the 129km closed roads Gran Fondo on Sunday as part of the Tour of Cambridgeshire weekend cycling event. The Race and Sport waves in Sunday’s Gran Fondo gave riders the opportunity to qualify for the UCI 2016 World Championships.

We opted to enter the Sport wave with the route taking in main roads, backroads and airfield runways in and around Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The wind often felt like it was against us and rarely behind us – especially on a particular 4.2 mile stretch of perfectly straight road that seemed to go on forever.

Seb was the first man home and impressively managed the full 84 miles without stopping (having missed us all stop to refuel at the feed station 45 miles in), followed by a sprint finish between the Scott’s with Scott K seemingly taking Scott D on the line only for the actual finish line to appear with Scott D taking full advantage of the confusion to sprint home in front. James arrived shortly after having suffered a puncture 70 miles in.

Name Chip Time Moving Time
Seb 4:18:05 4:18
Scott D 4:43:46 4:15
Scott K 4:43:49 4:15
James 4:59:31 4:19

Whilst we calculated the 129km to equate to somewhere in the region of 80 miles, we were somewhat surprised (and tired) when we crossed the line at almost 84 miles.

Sadly, WRC won’t have any representatives at the UCI 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships in Denmark as the none of the times were quite quick enough – with or without stops.


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