Youngest ever winner of Le Race

19:15, Mar 29 2014
WINNER OF LE RACE: 16-year-old Keagan Girdlestone.

At only 16-years-old, Keagan Girdlestone has become the youngest ever winner of the 100km Canterbury cycling event, Le Race. 

South African born Girdlestone completed the race in 2 hours 36 minutes and 46 seconds. Aaron Strong finished only 10 seconds behind. 

The race goes from Christchurch to Akaroa and includes some gruelling hill sections. 

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Girdlestone and Strong were in the front pack for the race with Girdlestone taking the win by a hair. Strong said his lack of local course knowledge may have cost him the edge. 

The win was a good sign of form for Girdlestone as he leaves tomorrow to race in the three day Tour of Adelaide, an Australian National Road Series event next week. 

Professional Reta Trotman smashed the womens' course record to win in two hours and fifty four minutes, over ten minutes clear of last year’s women’s winner Sharlotte Lucas.


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