Darlington CC (incl Road Bike Category)

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  • Date: 02-May-21
  • Time: 09:30
  • Distance: 25 Miles
  • Course: T254/1
  • Closing Date: 20-Apr-21 23:59
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Gill and Gurney battle to victories in Darlington CC 25

  • Published: 04 May 21
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Michael Gill

Michael Gill (AeroLab Ward Wheelz) continued his impressive start to the season by winning the Darlington CC 25 while Matilda Gurney (Spalding CC) took the women’s honours.

The 22-year-old from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who finished top-10 in the National 50, 25 and Closed Circuit last season, took his second victory of the season.

With Adam Duggleby (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) providing tough opposition Gill had to be on top form and recorded an average speed of 31.12 miles per hour on his way to clocking 49 minutes and seven seconds.

Starting outside Bedale on a cold but dry morning riders followed the undulating A6055 which run parallel A1 and completed two out and back laps.

21-year-old Gill who won the Barnesbury 21 in a time of 42-22 the previous month was again on top form in North Yorkshire.

Duggleby had won three solo events in a row before the Darlington event and clocked 46-02 with Steve Bate on their tandem the previous day in the Rossington Wheelers 25.

However, on this occasion Duggleby had to settle for second in 49-07.

Leading the charge for third was Richard Sharp (Chapeau! Vive Le Velo) who finished in 51-01 which was six seconds quicker than Marcel Schubert (Darlington Cycling Club) while Rich Whitfield (Team Bottrill) finished fifth in 51-16.

Mark Wolstenholme (Swift Racing) was quickest veteran in 52-48 ahead of Keith Murray (Drag2Zero) in 53-01 while Philip Kennell (GS Metro) (53-52) with all three veterans finishing the top 10.

Quickest junior was Matthew Cole (Team Bottrill) who finished 14th overall in 55-45 while Owen Massey (Manilla Cycling) was quickest juvenile in 1-03-11.

In the road bike category veteran Rob Carter (Cleveland Wheelers CC) took the victory in 54-24

Meanwhile, in the women’s event Gurney, who got her season under way with a fifth-place finish at the Cambridge University CC 25 (inc BUCS Championship) took her maiden victory of the season.

On the undulating course Gurney clocked a winning time of 1-02-07 ahead of Emma Matthews (Sowerby Sunday Club) in second (1-04-22) while junior Emma Jeffers (JRC Shutt Ridley RT) finished third (1-06-46).

Matthews was also quickest in the road bike category.

In the veteran’s category Karen Taylor (Team Sportslab) took the win in 1-07-09 ahead of Kate Sanderson (Cleveland Wheelers) in second (1-08-19) and Sarah Foulds (Sowerby Sunday Club) finished third (1-09-00).

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