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21st Sep, 2021

Trio on form in Royal Leamington Spa's silverware chase

Ben Tyler 16th Aug, 2021

From left: Chris McAteer, Chris Spencer and Ian Stones ranked second in the men’s team rankings. Picture by Suzanne Collinson.

A PODIUM place was secured by Chris Spencer in Royal Leamington Spa Cycling Club colours to lay the foundation for a team medal, in the annual Eileen Sheridan open time trial event.

The race, held and named in honour of Coventry Cycling Club’s 97-year-old president, featured three Spa competitors in all – with Chris McAteer and Ian Stones also following the lead of their teammate.

In the wake of Spencer’s 20:32 time to secure third place, McAteer followed just over 30 seconds later in 22:09 to rank 21st, while Stones completed the set in 24:14 to place 42nd.

As a consequence of the trio’s combined time of one hour, six minutes and 55 seconds, the team ranked second to scoop further silverware after finishing narrowly behind Beacon Roads Cycling Club’s 1:05:38 aggregate score.

Elsewhere, Suzanne Collinson finished in 27 minutes in the women’s category race, enough to see her finish 16th overall.

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