Seven years after retiring from top level cycle racing on medical grounds, Julian Gromett (Cottingham Coureurs) secured victory in only his second race back when he won the Active CP Cycles Road Race in East Yorkshire on Easter Sunday.
Gromett, 36 and from Grimsby, stepped back from cycling around seven years ago because of blood flow problems, but a new coach, new training regime and a new position on the bike is paying dividends.
“It’s only my second race this year, I was ill after coming back from Majorca and only started training again on Monday, so I’m really chuffed,” said Gromett. “I’m putting the effort in and trying to get some form again,” he said. “I’ve entered the Lincoln Grand Prix hoping to get a ride and we’ll see how it goes.”
Gromett won the 57-mile race – the first promotion by Active CP Cycles – by ten seconds from Dave Shackleton (Wilsons Wheels).
Elsewhere, 18-year-old Alex Peters (Mosquito Bikes) won the Toachim House Grand Prix in Kent, the fifth round of the South East League’s Summer Series.
A four-man break went early and was left to dangle off the front until six full laps to go. On the run in to the finish Peters pushed hard from the front to take a narrow win ahead of David Mclean (Team Meridiana Karmen) and Sam Parker (Zappi’s CC) in third.
Dirtwheels Cycles’ Mark Perry won the Frank Morgan Memorial Road Race near Liverpool, crossing the line around a minute clear of his nearest rival to secure his first ever win.
He held off Champion Systems duo Michael Ashurst and Chris Lawless, second and third respectively.
In Sussex, 20-year-old Elliott Porter (Team Corridori) won CC Basingstoke’s Surrey League Road Race at Rake, the Leatherhead-based rider holding off his rivals to win the Easter Saturday race.