Bruce Croall takes km title in record time

Bruce Croall. Picture Michael Hughes

Bruce Croall. Picture Michael Hughes

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Capital cyclist Bruce Croall clicked into top gear at the World Masters Championships in Manchester yesterday to secure the kilometre time trial title in a new world record time.

The City of Edinburgh rider clocked 1 minute 3.252 seconds to clinch the champion’s rainbow jersey in style, storming to victory by a massive margin of more than four seconds, with Englishman Ben Elliott and Dario Zampieri completing the podium.

And although it was marginally slower than his fastest ever ride, Croall’s performance rewrote the Masters record books for the 35-39 age category, erasing the existing best of 1:04.927 set in Colorado Springs in 2004 by the American Anton Quist.

Croall, who is targeting a place in the Scotland squad for next year’s Commonwealth Games, said: “I was just off my personal best unfortunately, but it’s OK for this time of the year.”

On a triumphant day for Capital cycling, there was also success for Alison Chisholm of Edinburgh RC, who clocked a world-best time of 37.108 seconds in taking the women’s 40-44 years 500 metres time trial gold medal, beating the 37.310 time of Australian Michelle King set six years ago.