Photos courtesy of @theracingcollective
Just after 8:30 this morning, 25-year-old Angus Young from Blandford Forum rolled into Checkpoint 3 of the GBduro to win the Stage 3 and further strengthen his overall standing in the 4-stage, self-supported race. Young Angus smashed the 485-kilometer stage knocking out 6,700 meters of climbing in just over a day—24 hours and 42 minutes, to be exact. Read on for details and more lovely photos by Tommy Check (@tommy.check).
With the finish time of 24h:42m, Angus has set the official Stage 3 FKT, beating the previous record set by Lachlan Morton in 2019 (30h:15m). There will likely be a few folks questioning the comparison, since Lachlan rode the entirety of the GBdivide route without rest days at CPs, but as the race organizers put it, “the stage times are what they are.” And, FKTs are made to be broken.
According to Chris Pitalbo who’s covering the event, Angus arrived at CP3 way before the venue was booked and couldn’t even get in, stating “Angus arrived before many of us were out of our jammies. However, it may have been Angus’s job in the first place to book the various checkpoints along the route originally.” That sounds about right as Angus seems to be riding on another level, significantly ahead of others in the race.
As mentioned in our previous coverage, Angus Young also set a Stage 2 FKT, shaving 43 minutes off Lachlan Morton’s 2019 time. Tallied up with his Stage 3 finish, Angus’ total time for all three segments is 91h:04m with just one more stage to go (Lachlan Morton made it to CP3 with a total time of 93h:47m). If Angus finishes the 380km Stage 4 in under 20 and a half hours, he’ll beat Lachlan’s 2019 course record of 111h:44m.
In the meantime, Ollie Hayward rolled into Stage 3 to take the second place slot, Mark Beaumont is closing in for third as we speak, and Jaimi Wilson and Carl Hopps are battling it out for fourth. Stay tuned for more Stage 3 coverage in the next day or two.
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