Paul Curran (cyclist)

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Paul Curran
Personal information
Full name Paul Curran
Born (1961-01-15) 15 January 1961 (age 53)
 England
 United Kingdom
Team information
Discipline Road & Track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1989 Percy Bilton
Major wins
National Champion
Infobox last updated on
8 March 2007

Paul Curran (born 15 January 1961) is a former professional English racing cyclist from Thornaby, Cleveland.[1]

Curren rode for Great Britain in the Olympic Games,[2] won the national road championship and won several medals at the Commonwealth Games. With wins in top amateur races in France, he could probably have secured a professional contract with a continental cycling team but preferred to remain in Britain.

Cycling career[edit]

Curran began riding for his local cycling club Stockton Wheelers and at the age of 14 completed a ten mile time trial at Crathorne, North Yorkshire in 24-49.[3] It was obvious he had talent when in 1977 he dominated the English schools national grass and track championship winning all three individual titles in the over-15-years category.

Curren earned his first international selection for Great Britain in the San Sebastian Europa Cup match. Although he rose to prominence in time trails and track events, he soon established himself as one of Britain’s top road racers. In 1982 he rode for England in the Girvan pro/am three-day and was the highest placed British amateur on overall classification finishing 5th the race was won by Tony Doyle.[3] However his season was still primarily based around track events.

Impressive results, winning several national track events led to selection for the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.[4]He competed on the track in the 10 mile scratch event and team pursuit. He won his first commonwealth medal taking the bronze medal in the team pursuit. Curran continued to perform well on the track and competed at the World Championships in 1983 in the team pursuit and 50 km point’s race.

In 1984 he showed his versatility winning the Girvan three-day overall classification was well as the King of the Mountains and sprint competition. Later that season he competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in the team pursuit and points race. In 1985 Curran began focusing more on road racing, retaining his title in the Girvan three-day and was 4th overall in the Milk Race.[3] He was also 3rd in the British Road Race Championship behind Jeff Williams and Paul Watson. After winning the Premier Calendar series and he competed in his first World road race championships in which he finished 29th.

In 1986 Curran was offered the chance to turn professional with Raleigh - Weinmann, however he decided to turn it down preferring to stay amateur. In 1986 he won two gold medals on the road at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, one in the team time trial and one in the road race. In 1987 he became only the second rider ever to win the British Road Race Championship and British National Hill Climb Championships in the same season. He won the British National Hill Climb Championships by just one fifth of a second over his Manchester Wheelers team mate Chris Boardman.[3] That season he also won his third record breaking Premier Calendar series title in a row.

In 1988 Curran was selected for the Olympic Games road race finishing 36th, the race was won by Olaf Ludwig. After dominating the British amateur scene for several years in 1989 Curran finally turned professional. He joined Percy Bilton riding alongside Bob Downs and Steve Joughin. In his first season he won the British National professional Criterium championships and was 6th in the Kellogg's Tour of Britain, finishing ahead of Sean Kelly. However, when in 1990 the British based professional season collapsed, Curran was left without a team and he reverted to amateur status in 1991. He went down with double pneumonia and subsequently missed half of the season but bounced back in 1992 finishing 3rd in the British Road Race Championship.

He competed in motor-paced racing towards the end of his career including the last ever motor-paced World Championships in Sicily in 1994, His career ended when he broke his back in a serious accident during the Tour of the Pennines in 1996.[3]

Retirement[edit]

Curren owns Blackhawk Bikes in Stockton. A time-served turner and ex-ICI apprentice on Teesside, he also builds wheels for Planet X.[5]

Palmarès[edit]

1977
3rd RTTC National Junior Best all Rounder
1978
2nd British National Track Championships 3000m Pursuit - Junior
3rd British National Track Championships kilo - Junior
1981
2nd Porthole Grand Prix
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Madison, 80km (with Stuart Morris)
1982
3rd Team Pursuit, Commonwealth Games
20th 10 Mile Scratch race, Commonwealth Games
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Madison, 80km (with Hugh Cameron)
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships 50km Points Race
1983
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Madison (with Hugh Cameron)
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Team Pursuit
2nd British National Track Championships 50km Points Race
2nd British National Track Championships 4000m Pursuit
1984
12th Olympic Games, Team Pursuit (4000m)
22nd Olympic Games, Points Race
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Madison (with Hugh Cameron)
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Team Pursuit
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships 50km Points Race
1st United Kingdom British National Hill Climb Championships (Team)
3rd British National Track Championships 4000m Pursuit
1985
8th Lincoln Grand Prix
1st Premier Calendar
1st Tour of Normandy
1st Grafton to Inverell Classic
1st United Kingdom British National 100 km Team Time Trial Championship
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships 50km Points Race
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Team Pursuit
3rd British National Road Race Championships - Amateur
1986
6th Milk Race
1st Premier Calendar
1st Commonwealth Games Team Time Trial (with Deno Davie, Alan Gornall, Keith Reynolds)
1st Commonwealth Games Road Race
1st Circuit des Mines
1st Lincoln Grand Prix
1st British National Hill Climb Championships (Team)
1987
1st Premier Calendar
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Winner of the British National Road Race Championships (Amateur)
1st Lincoln Grand Prix
1st British National 100 km Team Time Trial Championships (with Deno Davie, Peter Longbottom, Rob Holden)
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Team Pursuit
1st British National Hill Climb Championships
1st British National Hill Climb Championships (Team)
2nd British National Track Championships 50km Points Race
1988
36th Olympic Games, Road race
1st Premier Calendar
1st United Kingdom British National Track Championships Team Pursuit
1st British National Hill Climb Championships (Team)
1st Lincoln Grand Prix
2nd British National Team Time Trial Championship
3rd British National Track Championships 50km Points Race
3rd British National Hill Climb Championships
1989
1st Porthole Grand Prix
1st United Kingdom British National Circuit Race Championships, Professional
2nd British National Track Championships, Professional 5,000m Pursuit
1991
1st Lincoln Grand Prix
1st British National Track 100 km Team Time Trial Championships (with Chris Boardman, Peter Longbottom, Scott O'Brien)
1992
3rd British National Road Race Championships - Amateur
2nd British National 100 km Team Time Trial Championships (with Wayne Randle, John Tanner, Julian Ramsbottom)
1993
1st National Motor-Pace Championship
3rd British National Track Championships Team Pursuit
1994
1st Archer Grand Prix
1st National Motor-Pace Championship
3rd British National Track Championships Madison (with Hugh Cameron)
3rd British National Track 100 km Team Time Trial Championships (with Rob Harris, Wayne Randle, Mark Lovatt)
1995
1st National Motor-Pace Championship
3rd British National Road Race Championships - Amateur
1996
1st National Motor-Pace Championship
1st British National 100 km Team Time Trial Championships (with Wayne Randle, Kevin Dawson)
3rd British National 50m Time Trial Championships (with Wayne Randle, Kevin Dawson)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyclebase profile
  2. ^ Olympic Profile at olympics.org.uk
  3. ^ a b c d e paulcurran.ndo.co.uk
  4. ^ "1982 Commonwealth Games". Commonwealth Games Federation. February 2010. 
  5. ^ North Yorkshire with Paul Curren; Cycling Weekly, Thursday September 5, 2013

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