TAG man leads cycle team to charity race victory

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Team TAG celebrates its Cyclone24 victory.

The team at Stevenage-based dealer, TAG, has won the Cyclone24 challenge, an 24-hour endurance cycle race at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome.

Racing for charity, TAG raised over £1,200 for the Velindre Cancer Centre, with the event raising over £10,000 for local charities altogether.

The cycling team was made up of six members including project and creative director, Tyron Stephens-Smith. Together, the six-man team managed to complete 3,836 laps in 24 hours which is 959km, breaking the Welsh record for the event in the process.

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The race was extremely close between the TAG team and second place Team VaTex, with a gap of less than two laps from start to finish.

With just a 30-second lead after 24-hours, TAG won by only 500m. Team rider, Charlie Calvert, held off the pressure of Team VaTex to the end in the final laps.

Stephens-Smith said: “I can honestly say the challenge was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, both mentally and physically. Everyone in the team put in 100% effort each and every time they were on the track and we couldn’t have tried harder.

“Team VaTex pushed us every second of the event and were a fantastic group both on and off the track. They had such a fast pace even at 4am, meaning we couldn’t relax or sleep at all.

“Despite the event definitely proving to be a challenge on all of us, we are so proud to have won in such a difficult race, and we are thrilled with how much money we have managed to raise for the Velindre Cancer Centre.”

Cyclone24 is a velodrome challenge event series in which 17 teams of six cycle non-stop for 24 hours on the velodrome, where at least one person must stay on the track at all times.

Stephens-Smith added: “On behalf of TAG, we would like to say a huge thank you to the whole team and to everyone who supported us and donated to help us reach well over our target goal.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to Campari UK, Velodomestique and Joseph Carpentry for sponsoring us in the event and providing us with the fantastic team kits.”

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