Cycling: Alison mints world gold

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Capital cyclist Alison Chisholm struck gold in the women’s 500 metres time trial for riders aged 35-39 at the World Masters Championships in Manchester.

The Edinburgh Road Club rider clocked a time of 37.876 seconds, which gave her a winning margin of almost three tenths of a second over South African Annerine Wenhold, whose compatriot Elisa Giachino took the bronze.

Meanwhile, Chisholm’s young clubmate Stuart Balfour has been rewarded for a series of excellent results throughout the season with a place on the British Cycling Talent Programme.

The scheme is for riders in the 13-17 age group and is the first step on the four-stage journey towards a place on the Olympic Podium Programme. Its current members include stars such as Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott.