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    LONDON TO HOLYHEAD -- THE CORONA CYCLE RACE. IT'S THE LONGEST SINGLE DAY CYCLE RACE?

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    LONDON TO HOLYHEAD -- THE CORONA CYCLE RACE. IT'S THE LONGEST SINGLE DAY CYCLE RACE IN THE WORLD. EIGHT PROFESSIONAL RIDERS STARTED OUT WITH 31 INDEPENDENTS IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THIS MORNING FOR THE 275 MILE (444 KILOMETRES) TREK NORTH TO HOLYHEAD ON THE NORTH WEST COAST OF WALES.

    BRITISH CYCLING FANS WILL BE WATCHING THE RACE WITH KEEN INTEREST, PARTICULARLY SINCE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE JERSEYS OF THREE TOP PROFESSIONAL TEAMS, PEUGEOT-BP, GROENE-LEEUW, AND MERCIER-BP, ARE RACING IN TODAY'S EVENT.

    AMONG THOSE COMPETING IN TODAY'S EVENT IS BRITAIN'S CYCLING IDOL, TOMMY SIMPSON. SIMPSON IS RACING WITH THE PEUGOT-BP TEAM AND THIS IS HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN BRITAIN SINCE WINNING THE CORONA GRAND PRIX AT CRYSTAL PALACE LAST YEAR. CAMILLE LE MEMM, OF FRANCE, ONE OF HIS TWO COLLEAGUES THIS TIME, HAS TWICE BEEN PLACED THIRD IN THIS RACE. SONY KAREY OF BELGIUM IS THE TEAM'S THIRD MEMBER.

    FURTHER OVERSEAS OPPOSITION CAN BE EXPECTED FROM THE MERCIER PAIR, BARRY HOBAN AND HIS BELGIAN PARTNER, FRANZ AERENHOUTS.

    WEARING THE GREEN AND RED JERSEYS OF THE GROENE-LEEUW TEAM ARE GUSTAAF DESMET AND RENE VAN MEENAN OF BELGIUM AND NEVILLE VEALE OF AUSTRALIA.

    BRITAIN'S MAIN CHALLENGE WILL COME FROM THE SEMI-PROFESSIONALS OF WHICH ALBERT HITCHEN, OF FALCON CYCLES, IS THE MOST FANCIED COMPETITOR. HE HAS WON THIS RACE TWICE AND BEEN PLACED SECOND ONCE. FOUR OF THE FALCON TEAM ARE BACKING HITCHEN, INCLUDING BILL HOLMES AND BILL BRADLEY, WHO IS VERY MUCH ON FORM AT THE MOMENT.

    IF GOOD CONDITIONS CONTINUE THE FIRST CYCLIST IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT HOLYHEAD AT ABOUT 1530 G.M.T. -- AN APPROXIMATE SPEED OF 24 MILES AN HOUR (38 KILOMETRES) OVER THE WHOLE COURSE.

    IT IS PRIMARILY AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT AND THE WINNER RECEIVES GBP200, THE SECOND GBP120, AND THE THIRD GBP70. THE TEAM AWARD IS GBP25.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZKP7C2A56JM7CA8O7K5I2PN2
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZKP7C2A56JM7CA8O7K5I2PN2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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