By its very nature bike racing is a demanding and somewhat dangerous sport.

Lieutenant Commander Jon Pollard RN

Following 5 months of dedicated training, he completed the gruelling race, finishing 22nd out of 450 riders in the 45-49 age group category in a time of 3hrs 2mins 46 secs (averaging 26mph overall) – and finishing just 6 secs behind the winner.

Having successfully gained a qualification place, Jon has now been invited to attend the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, as an GB Age Group Master, in Varese, Northern Italy, in September, where the winner will be awarded the coveted UCI Rainbow Jersey.

He said of his achievement “By its very nature bike racing is a demanding and somewhat dangerous sport. Fortunately I managed to avoid the crashes during the race and remain focussed to remain with the lead group until the finish, achieving my aim of qualifying for the World Gran Fondo championships in Italy later this year.”

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