Mike earns gold medal

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 June 2011

Mike James with Steven Rooks.

Mike James with Steven Rooks.


PAC Tri member Mike James recently completed the Forest of Dean Classic Sportive to earn a Gold Standard.

PAC Tri member Mike James recently completed the Forest of Dean Classic Sportive, competing in the 50-55 age group finishing in a time of six hours 17 minutes 54 seconds, and a meeting with a cycling legend.

The Forest of Dean classic is a challenging course to get the start of your cycling season off with a bang. There are 18 imposing climbs on the 89 mile course and the cut-off time for the gold standard in his age category was six hours 30 minutes.

Within a mile of the start, Mike faced the first climb, just outside Monmouth. The hardest climb of the ride was the rock at Symonds Yat, where a crowd had gathered at the top to cheer the riders over the worst.

The fast sweeping downhill into the finish at Monmouth was a great way to cool off, before taking in some tight corners in the last mile or two.

Bike manufacturer Be One was represented on the day by Dutchman and Tour De France legend Steven Rooks. Steven is best remembered for his second place at the 1988 Tour De France, where he won both King of the Mountains and Combination jerseys whilst taking a mountain top stage win at Alpe d’Huez. The 50-year-old ex-tour rider made light work of the course in four hours 14 minutes.

Mike said: “Steven was a real gent and happy to chat after the ride and pose for a photo, I am very happy to of achieved my goal of Gold Standard in the ride.”

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