Winning return for Aldous
AFTER months interupted by injury and illness, Bungay cyclist Shaun Aldous has zoomed back into action with a victory.He won the latest round of the cyclo-cross league at Hillyfield, Colchester in Essex on Sunday.
AFTER months interupted by injury and illness, Bungay cyclist Shaun Aldous has zoomed back into action with a victory.
He won the latest round of the cyclo-cross league at Hillyfield, Colchester in Essex on Sunday.
A delighted Aldous (pictured) said: “After a poor season with my knee injuries keeping me off the bike through most of September and early October, then illness over the Christmas period, I finally got a win.
“Though cold and windy the course which was a repeat of the Angliasport event in November was firm and dry with several hills and the wind. Every lap was still hard work.”
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Sixty riders started the main race for seniors/juniors/vets and women. Organiser and this season's league champion Nathan Miller (53-12 Multisports) led the field away with unnattached rider Nick Ainsworth, Glen Stanford (Api) and Shaun Aldous (Lotto Olympia Team Interbike) in tow.
Halfway round the opening lap Miller unshipped his chain, dropping to fourth, while Stanford took over the lead and opened a gap on the chasers. Aldous held Stanford at 5-10sec for a lap then regained contact. Ainsworth was forced to retire (loose handlebars) with junior rider David Nichols (Glendene) coming though into third.
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During the third lap Aldous opened a 30-second lead which grew until Stanford suffered a front wheel puncture. Miller also punctured but caught and passed Stanford, while Nichols trailed Aldous by over a minute going into the final laps.
The league title for the vets came down to the last race with Tim Butler (Ipswich), Clive Ling (Diss) and Gavin Rumbles (VW-trek) all knowing that a win in the last event would win them the league. Rumbles held off Ling by only a few seconds to take 1st vet and the league title.
Jen Ives (Lotto Olympia Team Interbike) won the women's catergory.