Preview: 2011 Masters RR Champs

Preview: 2011 Masters RR Champs

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Event: 31st July 2011

This weekend sees most of the country's best Master riders competing in the National Championships. Competing over 130km of rolling Surrey countryside, the event will see four different age categories race around three inter connecting circuits, based near Chobham and Virginia Water.

Organiser Doug Collins stepped forward on behalf of Central Region to promote this championship as no other club or region had bid for the championships. Central Region has promoted this event in the past and always produced a circuit that provides a good race and a worthy champion. Doug is aided this year by the Region Events Officer Mark Doel and between them they have made the event happen within six weeks.

The event saw an oversubscribed entry with 110 entries received, utilising the new British Cycling online entry system with each age category set to be strongly contested. The C cat 40-44 age group sees in form Nick Abraham up against Martin Smith (Primal Europe) and local rider Paul Crook (West Drayton MBC). The D cat 45-49 ages sees last year's winner Gary Dodd (Southdown Bikes CC) competing against Elite rider Ben Luckwell (Wilier /

As the age goes up E cat 50-54 the desire for medals does not diminish and Jim Moffatt (Virgin Active), recent LVRC champion takes on the likes of Keir Apperley (CC Hackney), Phil Hargreaves (VC Norwich)and Ian Cowan (Solihull CC). In the F cat 55-60 age group Martin Hulbert (VC Meudon) takes on another local rider to the course Bob Garlinge( Team Quest /The Bike Shop).

All ages compete over the 130km and the event starts at a leisurely 11.30am from Virginia Water Football Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4HS. Refreshments will be served from the HQ.

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