Price gets it right for a Grand Prix victory
CITY cyclist Ben Price rode well to help his CyclePremier.com-Metaltek team-mate Tony Gibb win the Hillingdon Grand Prix in West London on Sunday.
Price led an early break and a seven-strong CyclePremier group then worked together to help their star rider - former World Championship and Commonwealth Games medallist Gibb - finally win his ‘home’ race despite the efforts of some of the country’s top teams.
Gibb was full of praise for Price and the rest of his team, saying: “It felt great to win it. I have been second, third and fourth in the past and this is the circuit I race on most weeks so it is great to finally win the big race here.
“The whole team rode so well. Ben got into an early break and we policed all the right moves. The boys got on the front and pulled back all the dangerous breaks when we needed to. It all bodes well ahead of the Halfords Tour Series that starts in London on May 25.”
Team spokesman Gerry McManus said: “Ben’s form is coming along nicely. He led one of the early breaks and also helped the team chase down the leaders later on in the race.”
The Tour Series comes to Peterborough on June 15 (7pm) and Price will be aiming to make a big impression in front of his local crowd. Last year’s televised event attracted thousands of spectators to the city centre and next month’s big race will be no different.
n FENLAND Clarion’s Chris Rimes knocked three minutes off his personal best as he recorded his first win in an open event.
Rimes won the Shaftesbury 25 at Newmarket and his time was all the more remarkable given the poor conditions.
Only 56 of the 120 entrants actually lined up due to the cold, damp and windy conditions but Rimes continued his fine recent form to win. At the start of the season his personal best was 59.53 but he improved that to 58.11 at the Fenland Clarion Club Championship two weeks ago and then blasted round in 55.00 at Newmarket.
In somewhat kinder conditions, John Royle led the Fenland contingent at the Wisbech 25-mile Time Trial. He finished 26th in 65.14 with Bill Law 35th in 67.56 while 74 year-old Keith Kinsey clocked 1.16.17.
The Clarke family - Steve, Lindsay and Ian - travelled 340 miles to Stirling in Scotland to take part in the National Clarion Championship 10-mile Time Trial, held on a flat course but in a stiff breeze.
Lindsay was disappointed with her performance, but successfully defended her ladies title and completed the course in 25.01. Ian was the fastest of the trio in 24.20, but was some way off the medals, while brother Steve showed signs of improvement following early-season setbacks and recorded a 25.21.
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