Glasgow 2014: Tobyn Horton hails Guernsey cycling team

Tobyn Horton
Horton says he is "really positive" about how the team are going to perform in Glasgow

Guernsey's leading cyclist says the island's Commonwealth Games team is the strongest group of Guernsey cyclists he has ever been a part of.

Tobyn Horton, who is part of a 10-strong team of riders in three disciplines.

"We're going to have the strongest cycling team I'll have ever been part of," Horton told BBC Radio Guernsey.

Guernsey is sending a full complement of riders to the men's road race for the first time.

"On the road we're going to be part of a unit - there's five or six of us in the team," the rider added.

In addition to Horton, Guernsey have another professional in James McLaughlin in their road race team - as well as Aaron Bailey, Matt Osborn and Mike Serafin.

Horton believes having a full team on the roads of Glasgow will ensure Guernsey is taken seriously in the race.

"You get more respect if there's four or five of you together moving up or down in a bunch," said Horton, who won Island Games gold in the criterium and road race in Bermuda last summer and was part of the Guernsey squad which won team road race gold, ahead of the Isle of Man.

"I'm really positive about how the team are going to ride.

"At the Island Games, we were so dominant it was fantastic to see. It's fantastic to see how the locally-based guys have got so much respect for the training and commitment they put into it.

"I know how hard it is when you're trying to hold down a full-time job and training as much as possible when you can and it's not easy."

As well as the road race team, Guernsey also have double island Games gold medallist Anne Bowditch alongside Karina Bowie and Marina Bleasdale.

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