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Paul & Keith Take on The Griterium

2 intrepid riders for Stratford Cycling Club took on a new race

2 intrepid riders for Stratford Cycling Club took on a new race last Saturday.

British Masters Cycle Racing, an independent body established in 1986 as the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists, for riders over 40 years of age, organised a Griterium series gravel race on 25th May.

The race format reflected the growing trend in gravel riding, which takes place over fields, farm tracks, woodland and forest roads. The idea of the racing is a no frill, all welcome, fun and safe event.

This the first round in the series, which took place at Wibtoft near Hinckley, saw two veteran riders, Keith Walton and Paul Freeman representing Stratford Cycle Club. The race was one hour in duration and from the start was frantic and fast as everyone jostled for a position at the front. The weather and conditions could have been a lot worse given the rain mid-week, however, the sun came out and the course wasn’t too muddy.

The pace never slowed and both Keith and Paul rode well moving through the field to achieve good placings of 4th for Keith and 2nd for Paul in their age-related categories. This was great preparation for Keith who heads to Switzerland in two weeks to compete in the Nova Erocia a 120k Mountainous gravel event.
If you are interested in this new format of bike riding Stratford Cycle Club are organising regular weekend rides for all ages, in the local area heading frequently to the Cotswolds discovering Bridleways and wonderful countryside. For further information contact gravel@stratfordcc.co.uk

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