Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Arthur Grabs Cycle Crown

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Arthur Grabs Cycle Crown

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Teesside action man Arthur Puckrin celebrated his 67th birthday in style - by winning a 24-hour cycling championship.

The ironman champion flew out to Mexico to put a spoke in the hopes of his younger rivals by winning the South American title in Monterey.

Arthur was victorious in all categories of the event, beating a 40-year-old into second place, while a 25-year-old cyclist was third.

His winning distance was 592 kilometres, which translates into 380 miles, though Arthur had been looking to do 400.

But a collision with a car, when he was building up to the trip on Teesside, hardly helped his preparations.

Arthur, who is a barrister, said: "I was knocked to the ground by a car and my wheel was smashed in three places.

"I went to get a new wheel, but it was only a week before I flew out to Mexico, and I did not have a chance to ride on it before the race. …

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