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Bucks cycling duo make history with RideLondon podium places
CHARLES Page and Lorna Bowler were among the stars at the inaugural RideLondon event as the Bucks duo both had podium finishes.
Marlow's Bowler finished third in the Junior Women's Grand Prix while Amersham's Page claimed victory in the Men's event.
Both riders, who are team mates for the Hillingdon Slipstreamers, were roared on by the crowds as they stormed down The Mall at the end of the 1.3 mile loop around St James Park.
There were no nerves by either rider in front of the TV cameras as they raced along part of the course used at the Olympics 12 months previously.
Dr Challoner's Grammar School pupil Page, 14, said afterwards: "It’s great experience and it’s great to be finishing on the mall as well.
"The atmosphere was electric and racing round Buckingham Palace was just fantastic. I just want to keep doing this every year.
"The Olympics has really boosted the cycling community and the sport has become a lot more popular.
"But with all the newcomers to the sport it will also push me to train harder.
"It was magical being on the podium and in front of the home crowd."
The main 100 mile course was won by double Olympic champion Laura Trott - a hero of 13-year-old Bowler, who managed to hold off the challenge of three other riders to finish third.
The Beaconsfield School pupil said: "That was really good and I really enjoyed it.
"I loved the crowd. Everyone was really supportive and they were loud around the course. It was a really good atmosphere.
"I was trying to get into the sport before the Olympics and then we watched it and I took up racing afterwards. It was a great inspiration.
"My favourite cyclist is Laura Trott, I think she is great. I want to go to the Olympics.
"I just love riding around and seeing everyone and everything."
More than 20,000 amateur cyclists joined the professionals in riding around the 100 mile course around London and Surrey used at the 2012 Olympics on Sunday, with Trott claiming victory.
She said: "The whole event has been amazing, I’m so glad they’ve pulled it off and everyone has had a great time but I hope this does become an annual event so that it carries on the legacy of 2012.
"I did feel the pressure coming in, more for myself as I wanted to win so badly but I really enjoyed it, it was a good race.
"Cycling is getting bigger and bigger and I feel that we are becoming a cycling nation. It’s just great that we can get young riders involved and the crowd was amazing."
- Prudential RideLondon took place on August 3 and 4. If you’re inspired to ride, visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.
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