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Megan James wins Chepstow Grand Prix Youth race

THE JAMES family were celebrating victory on Wednesday when Megan, the younger sister of Team GB cycling star Becky, won her race at the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling's Chepstow Grand Prix.

Megan was riding in the Youth A Girls race, which was one of the many support contests to the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series stage, and came home to win the contest in 28.34mins, which was 3.22mins quicker than second-placed Emily Abram. of Newport Youth Velo Cycling Club.

Indeed, with the girls riding among the Youth A Boys, Megan's time put her ahead of the 15th boy to finish the one kilometre loop of lower Chepstow.

That Youth A Boys race was dominated by Climb On Bikes CC's Joshua Sandman who went across the line to win in 24.53mins which was 38secs ahead of Cardiff's Brecon Burnett, of Maindy Flyers Youth CC.

Of the other races, the men's Under-23 contest saw Isaac Mundy, of Oxford University CC, just getting home by a second from Catford CC's Alexandre Touche.

Meanwhile, Iolo Dafydd, of Towyn Riders, took the Youth C race in a photo finish from Cardiff JIF CCs Jack Hastings.

Iestyn Jones, also of Maindy Flyers Youth CC, won the Youth D race by one second from club mate Ryu Roberts Hayamizu, but Climb On Bikes CC's Oliver Bryan was a runaway winner of the Youth E race, winning by eight minutes from the second placed boy.

And there was  a chance for local residents to get on their bikes and have a go themselves. Some people donned fancy dress to rider the course and have some fun ahead of the more serious competitors in the Elite Series race.

The Chepstow Grand Prix Returns for 2016

THE CYCLING stars are back in Wales, and Monmouthshire is once again the chosen venue for two of the events for this summer's British Cycling Elite Series.

The British Cycling Elite Circuit Series, won last year by Jon Mould (One Pro Cycling), will see criterium racing return to seven events over four weeks, with rounds in Otley, Stafford, Beverley, Chepstow, Abergavenny (Wales Open Criterium), Sheffield and the series finale in Colne.

The Chepstow stage of the televised British Cycling Elite Series is taking place on Wednesday 13th July 2016. The Series hits Monmouthshire that evening as riders for the third year take to the exciting Chepstow Grand Prix circuit for the fourth round out of seven of the competition. Riders will take to the roads for an hour and face the tough assent from the start-finish line at the Castle Car Park, up Bridge Street before turning left and then right for another one hundred metres of climbing at the top of the course.

The race proved excellent last summer and put Chepstow truly on the cycling map - and this year is certain to be even better as the competition to win the Elite Series title will be a fierce battle before the riders compete in Abergavenny just two days later.

The 2015 national road series attracted an unprecedented audience with over 440,000 tuning into highlights of the Spring Cup, Grand Prix Series and Elite Circuit Series on British Eurosport, demonstrating the growing appetite of British fans for domestic racing.

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