Guernsey dominate cycling inter-insular

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CAESAREAN Cycling Club’s Adam Wojtkiewicz was Jersey’s leading rider as Guernsey bikers dominated the inter-insular at the weekend.

Fought out of the tough Jubilee Hill circuit, a total of 55 riders competed in perfect conditions.

Wojtkiewicz was beaten to the line in the 59-mile race by Guernsey Vélo Club’s James McLaughlin, an 18-year-old who is taking Guernsey by storm at the moment as he pursues his goal of a place at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi next year.

McLaughlin, who took the line honours by just one second, was one of three Guernsey winners on the day as Alan Rowe was first veteran and Ann Bowditch first lady.

Vélo Sport Jersey’s Steven Haley broke the Sarnian stranglehold by becoming the only Jersey winner in the junior category.

Caesarean Cycling Club secretary Gordon Wright said: ‘Guernsey riders overall are better than their Jersey counterparts at moment. It’s difficult to say why but they have a fine youth policy in place and a couple of their vets are former triathletes and they’ve just turned 40 years of age.’

‘Younger cyclists will always swallow the older ones in the vets section and hopefully things will turn round in the near future.’

Poland-born Wojtkiewicz, a 34-year-old cycle mechanic employed by The Cycling Centre, said: ‘It was a very hard race, certainly my toughest of the season because I did a lot of hard work. I did all the work on the flat and James did the work on the hill.’

• Full report and results in today’s Jersey Evening Postnextpage


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