GTR Return to Life

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  • Date: 28-Sep-19
  • Time: 10:00
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  • Course: ww1/04
  • Closing Date: 21-Sep-19 23:59
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O’Brien sets new course record in Scotland

  • Published: 29 Sep 19
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Alex O'Brien

Natalie Stevenson topped the women’s timings as Alex O’Brien (Garstang CC) smashed the old course record, winning the GTR-Return to Life hill-climb in Gourock, Scotland, on Saturday.

O’Brien’s first recorded open event came two weeks ago where a seventh-place finish hardly seemed to be an omen for the performance he produced on Lyle Hill.

The soon to be 26-year-old sliced eight seconds off David Griffiths course record which was set last year, the new course record now stands at 3-49.68.

He was in a class of his own in great conditions, finishing over half a minute better than second-placed Chris Smart.

Smart, a rider for host club GTR–Return to Life, was a favourite for the event with several wins this season but after clocking a time of 4-24.15, second place was the best he could do.

Calum MacDonald (Ayr Roads CC) also improved on his seasons best finish by finishing third, rising 12 spots from a best of 15th in solo events thanks to a time of 4-32.18.

Natalie Stevenson (Eat Plants Not Pigs CC) was a resounding winner in the women’s category with a near one-minute lead.

Stevenson clocked a time of 5-12.18 whereas next best Patricia Baird (Ecosse Performance Cycling Coaching) could only post 6-04.97.

Glasgow-based winner Stevenson, 35, has had a good season so far winning all four of her recorded open events and will look to make it five-for-five in the Ivy CC (Tour of The Trossachs) event next weekend.

In other categories, Louie Urquhart-Dixon (Johnstone Wheelers) was fastest juvenile, beating his teammates with a time of 4-37.78 which was good enough for fourth place overall.

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