Redding heads top displays from Local contenders

Horndean cyclist Sam Redding
Horndean cyclist Sam Redding
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Sam Redding snatched a top-10 finish in the Local Riders, Local Races two-day stage race in Dorset last weekend.

Riding in the colours of his Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals team, the Horndean talent clocked a combined time of 4hr 13min 18sec.

It was enough for eighth spot but could not prevent Luke Dunbar, of Team Geenover, taking the title in 4:12.31.

Last Saturday’s opening stage saw the hopefuls tackle a short, hilly time trial.

And 22-year-old Redding stopped the clock in exactly five minutes to finish joint fifth.

The former Loughborough University student then grabbed 15th place in stage two – a hilly road race – in 1:58.00.

Day two also began with a time trial – this time short, flat and fast.

Redding needed to make up time after the road race and grabbed a superb third spot in 5:42.

The final stage was another road race, this time on a flat course.

And the former i-Team and Great Britain Talent Team youngster finished sixth in 2:04.36 – just 14 seconds adrift of Dunbar, who did enough to seal the stage and overall honours.

Redding headed a clutch of riders who travelled west for the race, hosted by Poole Wheelers.

Sam Humphrey (4:14.13) claimed 20th spot in the colours of Portsmouth-based VC St Raphael.

Team-mate Simon Brooks, from Purbrook, was just seven seconds further back in 22nd (4:14.20).

Meanwhile, Rowan Horner, also of the Waite Contracts and Paul Hewitt Cycles-backed club, placed 33rd after recording a time of 4:15.32.

Fareham Wheelers were also represented.

Joseph Donohue stopped the clock in 4:17:40 for 38th position, while Daniel Walker (4:28:33) was 49th in the blue, white and orange colours.

And i-Team/KSL/InTandem were also involved in the competitive two-day battle.

Matthew Bone was the first of the Portsmouth-based club’s riders to finish.

He took 46th spot in a combined time of 4:25.29, with Andy Redding (4:26.50) just 81 seconds further back in 48th spot.