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Brittain sets the bar high at Tour of Wales
HIGH Wycombe Cycling Club showed their class at the prestigious Tour of Wales last week, finishing inside the top ten in both the team and individual categories.
Adam Brittain, left, led the way with an eighth-place finish after the six-stage event.
His result was even more impressive considering he had to pick himself up after being hit by a motorbike to take a top-ten spot.
The incident occurred at the start of stage three.
Rain and hail forced stage two to be abandoned, but stage three was no less dramatic with a crash almost as soon as the bunch rolled out.
Brittain swerved to avoid it and was shunted from behind by a marshal on a motorbike.
But the Wycombe rider remounted and battled back bravely to keep his Tour of Wales challenge on course.
Behind him, Tom Crouch came 15th, Steve Golla finished 44th and James Walker came home in 66th place.
That was enough for Wycombe’s elite team to take sixth place out of a field of 25.
The cycling club did have two other riders competing in composite teams, with Paul Mace and James Norris coming home 37th and 84th respectively.
Elsewhere, a team of Adam Topham, Jonathan Shubert and Lee Tunnicliffe claimed a superb fourth spot at the National Team Trial Championship in Hampshire, competing against 40 of some of the top teams in the country.
This weekend Wycombe are competing in the national 100-mile time trial championships, while Karla Boddy has her first taste of international competition as she rides in the five-stage Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic.