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Club Riders' Great Achievements
2003 and earlier
Alex Dowsett
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  • Mark Beattie - 2nd, National Junior 10m Time Trial Championships.
  • Mark Beattie - Fastest 16 year old, National Junior 10m Time Trial Championships.
  • Mark Beattie, Stevie Saunders, Rob Tyas; Fastest Team, National Junior 10m Time Trial Championships.
    Press report:
    "While a blanket of dense cloud creating low temperatures and heavy rainfall covered most of the country at the weekend, the younger members of the Maldon & District Cycling Club felt the sun was shining on them. A contingent of six young riders from the club travelled to Cambridge on Sunday to compete in the junior 10-mile time trial National Championship. Twentieth rider to start was seventeen-year-old Mark Beattie (Mayland) who turned in a career best time of 22.19 on a heavy and demanding course. This left many observers wondering how much faster the later, more experienced starters would go. After much waiting and nail biting, the answer was, not much faster at all. In fact only Cleveland Wheelers rider Richard Meadows time of 22.00 was faster than Beattie’s effort. To complement his silver medal in the overall race, Beattie also won his age category. That was not the end of the story as team mates Stevie Saunders (South Woodham Ferrers) and Rob Tyas (East Hanningfield) turned in times of 24.00 & 25.54. Their combined times earned them and the club a further three National Championship medals for the fastest team. The other three Maldon team riders Jack Gibson, George Gibson and Keely Bunton all turned in splendid rides of 26.04, 26.48 and 29.06 respectively. The youngsters were delighted that over 20 club members travelled to the race to support their efforts.  Beattie and Saunders graduate to the senior ranks next year, but there is strength in depth in the club as the next wave of young riders continues to develop well."

    (L-R): Stevie Saunders, Mark Beattie, Rob Tyas.
  • Alex Dowsett - Winner, National Junior 10 Mile Time Trial Championships.
    Press report:
    "The Maldon area has a new sporting National Champion. Fifteen year old cyclist Alex Dowsett who rides for the Maldon & District Cycling Club travelled to North Nottinghamshire at the weekend to compete in the National Junior 10 mile Time Trial Championship for riders under 19. His winning time of 21 minutes and 20 seconds tied him with 18 year old Peter Bissell (Team Welwyn). The event was not without drama though as Alex was initially awarded gold and declared one minute ahead of Bissell, but on appeal this was reversed and put down to a timing error and the pair shared the gold. The opportunity to prove himself again was to come quickly as Dowsett had also entered the senior championship race over the same course the next morning. In slower conditions, with the fatigue of the previous day he was still able to return an astonishing time of 21.12 which on the previous day would still have won him the junior title.  Against a field of 150 mature experienced adults who are at the top of their field in the country, his ride placed him 63rd, again another superb ride and one which totally silenced his doubters."

  • Alex Dowsett - 3rd, National Junior 25 Mile Time Trial Championships.
    Press report:
    "Fifteen year old cycling prodigy Alex Dowsett (Maldon & District Cycling Club) turned in another quality performance at the weekend. In the National Junior 25 mile Time Trial Championship in Kent he took bronze medal position in a time of 56.16. His time was bettered by winner James Sampson (Racescene) with 55.44 and Peter Bissell (Team Welwyn) with 55.52. Such is the standard Alex now sets himself that he regarded this performance as disappointing. It does however confirm his presence in the top flight of junior competitors in the sport. This was felt to be necessary due to a controversy over the accuracy of timing in the National Ten Mile Championship event two weeks earlier where several times were amended. Alex’s time was one of these, being subsequently increased by one minute. Fortunately this did not knock him off the top rung, but it brought Peter Bissell into equal first position. Alex has another three seasons competing in the junior category while most of his arch rivals transfer to the seniors after this year. His position at the top of this field looks assured for the foreseeable future."

  • Alex Dowsett - Winner, GHS National Final (National Schoolboy's & Schoolgirl's 10m Time Trial Championships).
    Press report:
    "Local 15 year old cyclist Alex Dowsett from Cock Clarks, who rides for the Maldon & District Cycling Club advanced his career further at the weekend when he became the resounding winner of the National Schoolboy 10 mile Time trial championship. Following his first appearance on the national scene when he surprised many by coming runner up in this event last year, his win by over a minute on Saturday confirmed his growing status as a potential Olympic star of the future. This year’s title race was held in north Yorkshire, between Boroughbridge and Wetherby. The conversion of the A1 to a motorway has created a wide, well surfaced and relatively traffic free service road where 130 of the best youngsters in the country could match up to each other. It is also rather exposed and on the day, although the forecast rain did not arrive, an extremely strong southerly wind was blowing directly along the line of the course making the outward leg exceptionally tough and ruling out the possibility of fast times. Alex returned to the timekeeper in an exceptional time of 21.43, to beat second place Ben Swift (Dataphonics) by 61 seconds. This is an almost unprecedented gap in a short distance race where single seconds often decide placings. Indeed the second to tenth placed riders were all bunched within a minute of each other, but Alex was on a clearly different and much higher level. Although Alex can go on winning time trial championships well into the foreseeable future, the bigger picture of the international scene beckons. If he continues to progress at his current rate, few would bet against him representing Britain in the Olympic Games of 2012 or beyond."

Alex Dowsett victorious at the 2004 GHS Final.