Nostalgic finish for riders

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HOUGHTON CC maintained their traditional presence in the epic Paris-Roubaix Sportive last weekend, with 13 riders taking part.

The prestigious event in northern France, held every two years, is known as the “Hell of the North” for the difficulties it poses riders.

In all, 1,701 competitors from across Europe raced, and Houghton won the prize of a cobble set on a plinth for having the most riders from one club.

It was a nostalgic finish in the Roubaix Stadium for Houghton, as the late Peter Chisman won the fourth stage of the Tour de l’Avenir there in 1965.

The race was won by Holland’s Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

H Tomorrow, Houghton CC will promote another series of races at the former Nissan Track, including a team of paracyclists including adapted cycles.

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H Mark Harrison won the latest Houghton CC evening time trial, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Team Swift’s Blaine Metcalfe.

Results: 1 Mark Harrison (Houghton CC) 20.28, 2 Blaine Metcalfe (Team Swift) 20.42, 3 Matt Webb (Houghton CC) 21.51, 4 Paul Whitehill (Houghton CC) 21.58, 5 Michael Sloanes (S’land Clarion) 22.04, 6 Chris Barnard (S’land Clarion) 22.07, 7 Chris Costanti (Gosforth RC) 23.03, 8 Kris Adlington (S’land Clarion) 23.05, 9 David Stevens (Houghton CC) 23.28, 10 Giles White (Sherwood CC) 23.30, 11 Paul Robson (Houghton CC) 24.16, 12 Lee Statham (Houghton CC) 24.23, 13 Ingrid Shepherd (S’land Clarion) 24.40, 14 Tony Guy (S’land Clarion) 25.05, 15 Mal Sellers (Houghton CC) 25.36, 16 Andy Hardy (Houghton CC) 25.53, 17 Steven Kerr (S’land Clarion) 26.00, 18 Dave Marshall (Cestria CC) 26.30, 19 Keith Elliott (Houghton CC) 26.43, 20 Chuck Taylor (Houghton CC) 26.54, 21 Paul Borrowdale (Houghton CC) 27.23, 22 Colin Oxberry (Houghton CC) 27.29, 23 Brian Henderson (Houghton CC) 29.13.