Clarion welcome region’s top cyclists to Hetton Lyons Park

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SUNDERLAND Clarion will host some of the regions best cyclists this afternoon at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

THe event will give Clarion riders a chance to mix it up on the closed circuit following some strong performances in the last few weeks.

The racing starts at 1pm with a 45 minute long 3/4 race and will act as a warm up for the main event.

The National B, elite/1/2/3 race, will see a number of top racers including Clarion’s Michael Sloanes and Neil Wallbank.

As well as other top local riders including KTM road-and-trail.com’s Harry Tanfield and a strong team from Teesside’s Achieve Skinnergate Racing Team.

The races promise a strong prize list with Mike Bell Plumbing and Heating, and Wearside Plumbing Supplies sponsoring the races.

Sloanes will be hoping that his performance last Sunday in the Mike Binks memorial trophy was an indication of his strength ahead of the race.

Sloanes rode in with the bunch in a tough race.

Velosure-Giordana’s Tom Bustard and James Gullen took the top two steps on the podium for the elite team.

Wilson’s Wheels’ David Shackleton rounded out the podium after 75 miles of racing.

Elsewhere, there was more success for Ingrid Shepherd who finished second lady in the Ryton Tri Hilly 21-mile Time Trial, completing the rolling course in 56:41.

Also competing was Steve Gordon who clocked 50:08 to take fifth overall, while Tom Guy came in 16th with a time of 55:58.

The event was won by Cral Donaldson (GS Metro) 46:36 ahead of Team Swift’s Blaine Metcalf (49:01).

The following day, Gordon took on the challenge of the Tyneside Vagabond’s 100-mile Time Trial, sadly on a day of tough conditions Gordon failed to finish.

GS Metro’s Ben Lane completed the course in 4:26:40 to secure victory.