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Olympic test pedal for Newbury rider

Mountain biker Philip gets the call to ride for GB in Rio

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CYCLING: Philip Pearce was pedaling amongst the best when he was called into the GB team to tackle the mountain bike course to be used in next year’s Olympic Games in a special test event at Rio de Janeiro.

The venue at the Deodoro Olympic Park on Sunday took place in soaring spring temperatures and Pearce was invited into the GB party after his impressive national debut season at elite status.

The men’s race was over six laps of the 4.9 kilometre course and was won by reigning world champion Nino Schurter from Switzerland in 1 hour 20 minutes 36 seconds, just ahead of France’s Maxime Marotte and Italy’s Andrea Tiberi.

Pearce, called into the squad with a month’s notice, started 43rd on the grid and worked his way through the field to finish 23rd in 1:27.39 and Britain’s only finisher as team-mate Grant Ferguson did not complete the course.

 

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