Published: 06/12/2017 11:03 - Updated: 06/12/2017 11:22

Cyclists on track at prize ceremony

Cycling trophiesFORRES Cycling Club hosted its annual prize presentation.

Senior and junior members came together for the ceremony in their clubrooms on Cumming Street.

The prizes were presented by club stalwart Ivan Laughton.

President Peter Robertson congratulated the prizewinners, stressing that everyone who took part in the Tuesday night league, the nursery for new talent, were winners.

Main prize winners: Tuesday League Junior winner Lewis Dey (Lewis also won the Track Trophy); Senior winner, Simon Stevenson; Club Champion, David Harter (David also won the prize for the fastest 25 mile of the year); Lady champion, Michelle Esson; Touring/Special achievement award, John Dean; Rider of the year, George Grant; Most improved senior Kenny Dey; Most improved junior Rachel Mitchell.

A former member, Georgia Mansfeld is to join a top women’s team based in Manchester. Georgia, who left the club at the start of this year to join new Scottish team RT23 has made the move to NCC Group Kuota Torelli for the 2018 season. Torelli is an elite woman’s racing team made up of 13 talented young riders from the UK, Ireland, Malta, Belgium, South Africa and Australia. Georgia, who is the current Scottish cycling junior road race champion, is delighted to be making the move.

She said: "I am so proud to be joining Torelli. They are one of the leading teams in the UK at the moment and are championing women’s racing internationally.

"I raced as a guest rider with them last year in Holland and Belgium and loved every minute despite the long journey from Miltonduff."

The majority of Torelli’s races are televised on ITV4, Channel 4, Eurosport and the Bike Channel.

Supporting Georgia in her move, is Sheila Scott, chairwoman of Project Georgia which was set up to help raise funds in order for the young cyclist to progress her career.

Group members regularly transport Georgia all over the country and help with the costs of other travel, nutrition and equipment.

Sheila said: "This is a huge step for Georgia. Torelli is very much an up and coming women’s team and Georgia will be travelling from Stirling to race regularly in England and Europe as well as in Scotland."

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