Honiton’s Dunn family off to Australia for World Amateur Road Cycling Championships

The Dunn family who will be racing in Australia in early September.

The Dunn family who will be racing in Australia in early September. - Credit: Archant

Three members of the Dunn family from Honiton will be representing Great Britain in the UCI Gran Fondo World Amateur Road Cycling Championships in Perth, Australia next month.

Rachael (50-54) and Emily (19-34), qualified at The Tour of Cambridgeshire, an 83-mile road cycle race earlier in the year in their respective age categories.

In Australia on September 4, the pair will ride a 105.8km route with 1250m of climbing from Elizabeth Quay, Perth and finish in Kalamunda.

Meanwhile, Tom (19-34), was awarded a wild card entry having only just missed out on qualifying and he will be tackling the 154.5km route with 2010m of climbing.

Qualifying was not without incident though! At the 80-mile mark Emily suffered a blow out puncture which sent her skidding across the road. However, with a flat tyre and arm severely grazed and bleeding, she got back on her bike and rode the last three miles on her flat tyre to take one of the last qualifying places! Such a battling attitude comes as no surprise to those who know her and she was recognised recently by Bangor University who awarded her the prestigious title of Sport’s Woman of the Year 2015/2016.

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Organising the trip has been a challenge in itself, but the family are very much looking forward to travelling down under and will be wearing their GB kit with pride.

The Dunn trio are keen to say a big thank you to Gary and Suzi Blackett of Cycle Honiton for their expert advice and servicing throughout the qualifying and indeed the preparation for the Australian experience.

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