Forty two veteran cyclists, whose average age was 45, took part in this year's Veteran's Cycle Race for the Camping-Gaz Cup, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Sunday.
GV Riders preparing for start
MV ZOOM INTO CU Dujus
SV ZOOM INTO CU Aboudara
GV Crowd and start of race (2 shots)
GV & MV Riders passing (3 shots)
GV PAN Grange on lone breakaway
CU Arrival sign
GV Grange passes finishing post and crowd (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Grange
GV PAN Tavarez comes in second
SV Grange receives cup and is kissed
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Background: Forty two veteran cyclists, whose average age was 45, took part in this year's Veteran's Cycle Race for the Camping-Gaz Cup, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Sunday. Despite the early hour, a large crowd watched the start and stayed on to cheer the winner. The race is open to anyone over the age of 35. This year the oldest competitor was aged 66. The field was predominantly European, but a handful of Africans took part. Cycling is just becoming a popular sport and as a result there were few Africans who classed as "veterans".
The event was won by 48 year old Paul Grange who covered the 22 mile (36 kms) course in one hour, two minutes and 13 seconds. Three under forties finished in the first six but on the day it was the older competitors who showed the way.
SYNOPSIS: The annual Veterans Cycle Race has been held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Despite the early hour for the start, a large crowd turned up to see the start. The race is open to any cyclist over the age of 35. The oldest competitor was aged 66.
The field was predominantly European, though there were a few Africans among the competitors. The course was set out over four circuits of figure "8" course -- twenty-two miles along. The competitors included past winners of the event and other veteran champions.
It wasn't until the last lap that any of the riders forced the pace. Paul Grange, broke away from the bunch. The 48 year old cyclist retired from cycling last year. His finishing burst in this race was too much for the other competitors and he crossed the finishing line in the time of one hour two minutes 13 seconds.
Second place went to 37 year old Tavarez. Three under forties finished in the first six, but overall the older competitors showed the way.