Boston cyclist qualifies for World Championship event

Nigel Clare of Velo One Cycling EMN-160606-133927002
Nigel Clare of Velo One Cycling EMN-160606-133927002

Boston cyclist Nigel Clare has qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Nigel set himself up for an appearance on the world stage after an excellent performance in the second edition of the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo with his Velo-One team.

The event attracted more than 8,000 riders from all over the UK, with overseas riders also taking part.

Gran Fondos are run like professional road races, with closed roads along the route.

Riders at the front are racing to win, while the rest of the field are out to test themselves or just enjoy the chance to ride on closed roads.

The ToC Gran Fondo is one of the qualifier events held worldwide and riders who finish in the first 25 per cent of their age group qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

The world champions in each age group win the coveted UCI rainbow jersey.

Velo-One rider Nigel Clare came into the event after a season of mixed fortunes following several injuries.

But he finished the 80-mile course in 3hours and 47 minutes, placing him in the first 25 per cent of his 50-59 age group.

His performance earned him qualification to this year’s world championships, which are to be held in Perth, Australia, in September.