A year of success for Cwmcarn Paragon riders

CWMCARN Paragon Cycling Club can look back on a highly successful 2013 that saw them win two Welsh Team Time Trial Championships, the Celtic Time Trial Series and bronze medals at the British Masters Track Championships and the Newport Winter Track League.

And with former Paragon riders winning world, European and British track and time trial titles it has been a remarkable 12 months.

The Cwmcarn trio of Andrew Butcher, Andrew Stokoe and Steve Powell combined to win the Welsh Cycling Association 10 Mile Team Time Trial Championship at Abergavenny.

Richard Harris led Darran Carpenter and Ryan Brian to their third consecutive WCA Hill-Climb Team Championship.

Gareth Rees won the prestigious and highly competitive Celtic Time Trial Series, with Stokoe third.

Ed Malarczyk won bronze medals at the British Masters Track Championships in the sprint and time trial. The talented junior Welsh international Joseph Wiltshire won the Newport Winter Track League, with club colleague Robbie Wiltshire second.

Former Cwmcarn riders Matthew Postle and Sam Harrison both enjoyed a hugely successful year.

Postle, the number one rider of his generation, made a superb comeback after 15 years away from the sport, winning the Pursuit Championship at the World Masters Games Championships in Turin, Italy.

He also won the European Pursuit Championship in Newport and earned a bronze medal in the World Masters Championships in Manchester, plus another bronze in the time trial in the Masters Games in Turin. Harrison, riding for 100% ME, won the British Under-23s Time Trial Championship for the second year running and the British Track Championships scratch race.

Butcher was the outstanding Cwmcarn rider of the year. Alongside his WCA Team title he won the Evening 10 Time Trial Series, winning all his nine rides, the Cwmcarn 10 and 50 Mile Time Trial Championships. Stokoe was the 25 Mile time trial champion.

In the Cwmcarn 10 Mile Time Trial Championship Joseph Wiltshire won the junior title, Ross Porter took the veterans crown and Jodie Lloyd the women's title.

Richard Harris, despite having his season ruined by a broken collar-bone, won the Handicap Hill-Climb and Hill-Climb Championships, placed second in the Welsh Criterium Championships, second in the Norman Harris Road Race, third in the Brentor Two-Day, and fifth in the Noel Jones Road Race.

Other outstanding performances saw Robbie Westwood win the Omnium in the Junior International Two Day Track Meeting in Belgium and finish as first junior rider in the Tour of Carmarthen.

Barrie McGregor was fourth and eighth in the road race and time trial at the Police and Fire World Championships in Belfast and David Parry was first veteran in the West Wales Mountain Time Trial.

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