Tobyn Horton took his and his Madison-Genesis team’s first ever individual win at the Pearl Izumi Tour at Canary Wharf in what turned out to be the first part of a double.
Three days later, Horton won what is arguably the most prestigious crit of the year, taking top honours in the Jupiter London Nocturne held on the roads surrounding the iconic Smithfield Market.
The Tour Series is unique in bike racing in that it’s a team based competition but even though the Bradwell Abbey-based team had won rounds at Stoke and Barrow, until Canary Wharf a rider in the team’s distinctive turquoise and black had still to savour the honour of being first across the line.
The 26-year-old Channel Islander saw off that particular albatross on Thursday out gunning some of the country’s top road sprinting talent after over an hour’s racing around the super-quick, flat Canary Wharf 1km circuit.
“That was my first individual win in the Tour Series,” Horton said.
“I’ve been chasing it for a while. I was knocking on the door quite a lot last year and also nearly been there a couple of times this year so to have now managing to pull it off and to be the first Madison-Genesis rider to have done so, yes, I’m really pleased.”
The start of the Jupiter London Nocturne was delayed an hour due to an earlier accident, meaning the race was held in complete darkness.
But as with the Tour Series win, move didn’t break clear until around half distance but Horton was again in the thick of the action.
And although the leaders opened no more than a ten second lead, it was one they held to the end.
Speaking afterwards, a delighted Horton said: “I’ve waited for years to win a race at that level, and then two come along. I’m over the moon.”