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Guernsey cycling star retires from professional racing

Horton has spent the last six years riding for the Madison Genesis team. Credit: Madison Genesis

Guernsey cyclist Tobyn Horton has announced his retirement from professional racing.

The 32-year-old has spent the last six years riding for the Madison Genesis team, but missed most of this summer after breaking his collarbone.

That injury came in the second round of the Tour Series in Motherwell, a championship he helped the team win in 2015.

Horton's biggest individual triumph came at the London Nocturne in 2014, which came in the same week as his first solo victory in the Tour Series at Canary Wharf.

The criterium specialist is also a three-time Island Games gold medallist and has represented Guernsey at four Commonwealth Games, finishing seventh in the road race at Gold Coast 2018.

Horton, who was named Channel Islands Sports Personality of the Year in 2013, says he will now dedicate some of his time to coaching.

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Nearly 15 years ago, I left on a one-way ticket to Belgium to race my bike… 2019 and that journey is coming to an end, as I will be retiring form Professional racing as of this year. Unfortunately, this season was not how I planned it, with the majority being written off following a broken collarbone. There have been plenty of highs and lows during my career, but with the support of my family, friends and my girlfriend @pchellie , I’ve got through the lows and bounced back. I am wholeheartedly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been able to live through racing my bike... A special thanks to my parents & brother @ollieh83 for their support from the very beginning. and more recently Paula, for her support and our journey together for the last 7 years. Then of course, my Belgium family, particularly Ronny and Jona, who treated me as exactly that… “Family” during my years in Belgium. A huge thanks to Madison-Genesis for their support over the past 6 years. It’s been a team like no other, so a big thanks to @kellieparsons and @dominiclangan There are far too many to list, but thanks to all for your support, no matter how big or small! I’m now planning for the future, some days “flapping“ about exactly what to do, but excited at what’s to come, and working towards the next chapter. For now, here is what I’ve (well, thanks to Paula for making the site for me) been working on in the background. Coaching is something I’ve really enjoyed over the last few years, and something I’d love to do more of moving forward... If you’re interested, check out Plus @hortoncycling & Facebook pages here Thanks again, it’s been a blast 🤘🏻 #hortoncycling #cycling #racing #yorkshire #guernsey #coaching #training #cyclecoach #cyclesmithcoaching

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He has been an absolute inspiration for Guernsey riders in the last 15 years. He's a legend to us. It'll be a sad loss but everyone has to call it a day at some point, but in the last 14 or 15 years he has been a wonder to be associated with. Tobyn had the right frame of mind to progress in this sport. You've got to be tough, you've go to be durable, you've got to be flexible, and Tobyn ticked all those boxes. Certainly, to date, he's the best all-round cyclist we've ever had.

– Gary Wallbridge, former president, Guernsey Velo Club