Burke helps Haribo team to gold in RTTC Time Trial Championships

Steven Burke at the the cycle track at Swinden named in his honour
Steven Burke at the the cycle track at Swinden named in his honour

Colne cyclone Steven Burke helped his Haribo Beacon team to the RTTC Time Trial Championships by the narrowest of margins at the weekend.

Burke joined Pete Williams, and Ashley Brown to win in 1:13:11, edging out Richardson-Trek RT’s Andrew Hastings, Dean Shannon and Rhys Howells by 0:00:01.

Third were Kevin Tye, Stephen Whitewick, Michael Barnes of VeloRefined Aerosmiths in 1:14:02.

For Burke, who, since 2006 has contested at the highest level on the track - winning national, European, World and Olympic honours - it was a chance to show he is equally at home on the road.

And his driving power could have proved critical in the winning margin of one second.

Burke said: “Its my second medal for a team time trial.

“I won the gold medal back in 2010.”

Four years ago, he teamed up with Andy Tennant and Edd Clancy and the Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta team.

And back in 2005, Burke was third in the Junior British Time Trial Circuit Championship, returning to claim third the following year.

The Olympic gold medalist was recently back in the area to test out the new bike track named in his honour - the Steven Burke Sports Hub cycle track at Swinden.