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Competitive road cycling returns to the British Isles

TRINITY Racing rider Sam Culverwell features in first competitive road event since lockdown

Coverage of club time trials is not normal fare at The British Continental. But a landmark was reached in the British Isles last weekend that is a worthy of note: the first competitive road cycling event since the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed.

Taking place in Guernsey – the first place in the British Isles to be declared free of COVID-19, according to reports – the event comprised a 10-mile time trial organised by Guernsey Velo Club. The race featured riders with Commonwealth Games experience, including one of our under-23 riders to watch this year, Sam Culverwell (TRINITY Racing).

Sam Tremlett on his winning ride. Photo: Andy Dovey.

Taking place on the local ‘Cobo course’, which runs down the West coast of the island from Cobo Bay to the turn at Rocquaine and back the finish at Albecq, the race was split over both Saturday and Sunday in order to satisfy ‘maximum gathering size’ rules.

Fastest on Saturday was Seb Tremlett with a very creditable 20:02 given the foot down start, just outside his own course record. Marc Cox posted Sunday’s best time and the second-fastest of the weekend with 20:23, whilst Sam Culverwell recorded the third-fastest time with 21.39. Not bad considering he was on a road bike.

Karina Bowie was the top female with 23:54, fractionally missing her own course record of 23:53.

Sam Culverwell on his road bike. Photo: Leon Ogier

With thanks to Alex Margison (Guernsey Velo Club) and Sam Culverwell for the race info and images.