Olympic hero joins Doncaster road race today

The Danum Trophy Road Race 2013. Robert Watkinson, Doncaster Wheelers (right)  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
The Danum Trophy Road Race 2013. Robert Watkinson, Doncaster Wheelers (right) Picture: Malcolm Billingham

A former two-time Olympian will line up against dozens of other cyclists for a dynamic road race in Doncaster today.

John Tanner, aged 47, of Sprotbrough, wore the Great Britain jersey during the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The cycling supremo will be on the start line for the Danum Trophy Road Race which starts and finishes at High Melton College this morning.

A field of 70 riders will take part in the race, which dates back to 1969. It has been co-organised by the Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club and Dinnington Road Club.

Edenthorpe man Martin Maltby, 46, president of Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club, said: “A top class field of cyclists have entered the race with plenty of local riders hoping to take victory.

“It was first run in 1969 on a circuit based in Wentworth, just outside Doncaster, by the Birdwell Wheelers Cycling Club and carried on for about 20 years but it was stopped due to traffic lights and other circuit problems.

“It was relaunched in Doncaster in 2013 on the new circuit.

“We had a gap last year because we put all of our efforts into the Doncaster Cycle Festival, which was a huge success, but now it is back again.

“The new circuit covers some of Doncaster’s most scenic countryside around the villages of High Melton, Cadeby and Sprotbrough.

“It should be a great day of racing.”

Riders must complete ten laps of a testing six mile circuit, covering a total of 60 miles.

Other professional riders including Tom Stewart, of Cusworth, and Rossington rider Graham Briggs, who the British National Circuit Race Championships in 2011, are also due to compete on the day.

Racing starts at 9.30am and is expected to finish at about 12.15pm.

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