Thursday’s British news round-up

Sarah Storey took a gold medal in the recent World Masters Championships in the time trial and a silver medal in the road race.

The Briton set a time of 26-58 for the time trial, fending off her nearest rival, Doris Posch of Austria, by 4.6 seconds.

“I was delighted to win last week,” explained Storey, “and my performances in the road races both Masters and Elite were a bonus and give me plenty to think about as I prepare for the Paracycling Worlds between from September 10 and 13.

“I didn’t know what to expect in the TT and the defending Champion in my age group was off about three minutes behind me so I was conscious she would want to win again. The previous record on the course was a 27.16 and so to dip under the 27 minute mark and break the course record as well as beating the defending champion was really pleasing as I am still working quite hard in training and will only start to reduce the hours at the end of this week.”

Storey will be riding both the road race and the time trial at the Paracycling Worlds.

Before that, there’s the National Time Trial Championships to deal with.

“I went up to Austria for the Masters as part of a road training camp, we’d been at the road course for the Paracycling Worlds and it seemed a good opportunity to get some additional racing in before coming home,” said Storey.

Sarah Storey
Above: Sarah Storey in action

The British duo of Grant Bayton and Jon Pain earned back-to-back kermesse wins last weekend in Flanders.

Velo Club Montpellier’s hotshot rider, Jon Pain, along with good friend and Swindon based rider, Grant Bayton (SportBeans-Wilier), headed to a kermesse race in the Flemish town of Lokeren

Both Brits escaped with three other local riders on the first lap of the race. The two compatriots, Bayton and Pain, worked hard and decided, in the final laps of the two-hour long race that Bayton was going for the win.

On the last turn into the finish straight, VCM’s Pain kicked hard and gave Bayton a perfect lead-out with nobody able to get around him. Pain sprinted hard and scored a well-earned fourth place.

Bayton was elated with his win but Pain was not content with fourth, so the pair decided that they were going to work for the latter in another kermesse the following day. The plan was to attack hard in the first few laps and create a small, but hard-working, breakaway group.

The plan worked but as Bayton led the group into the final bend, Pain found himself boxed in on the right hand side of the road. He stayed calm and launched his sprint on the inside, squeezing himself through a tiny gap. Pain held on to take the win whilst Bayton took third.

At the finish Pain said, “From since I was young, I’ve always wanted to win in Belgium. This is the highlight of my cycling career and to do it in a Velo Club Montpellier jersey is fantastic, I will cherish this moment forever.”

Jon Pain
Above: Pain is delighted with his win whilst behind Bayton celebrates too

Rollapaluza action returns to London at the end of September for an all-new four-up format.

Boy and girl parings will race in 1km Madison-style competitions to challenge for places in the knockout rounds and Rollapaluza glory.

Teams are also encouraged to dress as classic movie couples to win prizes in the fancy dress challenge

To enter online, visit

Friday September 25, from 7pm. £8.50 .

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB

Wheels in Wheels CC, organisers of the Tour of Worcestershire sportive, announced this week that Geoff Thomas will ride this year’s event to help raise funds for his cancer foundation.

The event forms part of Geoff’s season-long sportive campaign to help raise funds for his charity and the entry fee includes a £2 donation to the Geoff Thomas Foundation – the 2009 charity of Wheels in Wheels CC.

“I’m really looking forward to this ride,” said Thomas of the event, “the course looks like it will be a good day out and it’s good to know that all entrants are not only challenging themselves but also helping to support the fight against cancer”.

The route takes in all the Malvern climbs such as Ankerdine but then throws in Stanford Bank and a trip out to Tenbury Wells with another six climbs before the devilishly difficult Wynniattes Way Abberley, followed by five more climbs before returning to Worcester.

There is also a family ride, which is an almost traffic free ride round the city entry of which is free of charge.

Entries are available on-line only at £25 for the 92-mile Challenge and the Free Family ride both by downloadable entry form and on line.

For more information on the Tour of Worcestershire Challenge and to enter on-line please visit

Monday’s British news