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International flavour at Scratch 15
12:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in Sport
THE latest round of the Colchester Rovers evening time-trial series, the Scratch 15, took on an international flavour.
United States’ teenage triathlon sensation Jack Toland gave a masterclass in power and smooth efficiency over a difficult course to post the fastest time over two laps of the Layer de la Haye course.
Toland, who has been visiting the UK for a family wedding, was in the final stages of training for the US National Triathlon championships on August 10 and was not going to pass up the opportunity to race with the Rovers.
He showed great pre-championship form posting a blisteringly fast time of 32 minutes and 43 seconds followed by Rovers’ serial winners, Adrian Manley, in 33m 5s for second place, and Mark Lloyd, in 33m 42s.
As a counting event for the Rovers’ Club Championship, Manley bagged the maximum 50 points on offer followed by Lloyd on 49 and Jim Clayton on 48.
Toland said: “I had an absolute blast coming over here and getting to join in the local riding and racing scene.
“Although there is a lot of cycling at home, I have yet to find this sort of close knit local scene,” he added.
The Scratch 15 is the newest of the club championship events having run since 2008 when Manley took the inaugural win, repeating the feat in 2009.
Mark Lloyd was victorious for the next three consecutive years. The event also marked the decision of another season long in-house competition with Sue Tweddell reaching an insurmountable points total in the Harry Cole Cup.
Tweddell has ended a remarkable sequence of five consecutive wins from Carla Holroyd, who over the years has amassed 2,174 points, including 610 in 2009 alone – a ladies’ event record.
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