Cyclists celebrate a year of achievement

PRIZE-WINNERS: Pictured, from left: Chris Lea, Tom Thornely, Sam Clark and Sam Garner. Photo contributed.
PRIZE-WINNERS: Pictured, from left: Chris Lea, Tom Thornely, Sam Clark and Sam Garner. Photo contributed.
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THE ACHIEVEMENTS of Buxton Cycling Club’s riders were honoured at their annual prize dinner recently.

Sam Clark was among the prize-winners at the event, held at the Buckingham Hotel.

Having been injured in a crash in 2010, he came back to win the ten and 25-mile time trial titles, and also claimed the Road Race trophy in the 2011 season.

Tom Thornely was unable to defend his 25-mile title from the previous year, and finished runner-up, although he won the Len Eyre handicap and the 50-mile time trial title.

Lee Baldwin dominated the hill climbs for a second consecutive year and also walked away with the Len Eyre scratch title. Chris Lea won the award for Best All-Round Rider, after putting in consistent rides all year.

The best young rider award went to Sam Garner, who also came third in the Three Hills Challenge, which bodes well for his future in cycling.

A spokesperson for Buxton Cycling Club said: “2011 has been a great year for the club, from hosting the National Hill Climb to welcoming our youngest member, Sam and Louise Clark’s son George. We would also like to thank everyone who has supported the club through the 2011 season and look forward to 2012.”