UK road racing round-up
By BikeRadar | Sunday, July 13, 2008 11.01pm
Matt Cronshaw took victory in the Cycling Development North West Road Race in Lancashire on Sunday when he sprinted home ahead of his rivals after the 55-mile elite race on the Pimbo circuit.
The 20-year-old from Carnforth pipped Pearl Izumi rival Andy Tinsley to the line in one of few elite races across the country as the Premier Calendar Series takes a break for a couple of weeks.
Cronshaw and Tinsley escaped from the experienced Matt Stephens (Sigma Sport RT) in the final half mile, leaving Stephens to take third spot, while the bunch behind included newly-crowned National Champion Rob Hayles in sixth spot.
And in the supporting race, Cleveleys Road Club member Martin Atwood took victory ahead of Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ Mark Thaxter, while Horwich CC’s Mark Beynon completed the podium.
Longworth sprints to win in John Boote
Further south in Cheshire, Adam Longworth (Flandria) won a bunch sprint finish to the John Boote Road Race at Weaverham on Sunday.
He held off the challenge of Macclesfield Wheelers rider Anthony Allan, while Steve Abbott (Red Rose Olympic) was inches behind in third spot.
Nicolson breaks away in Eddie Morgan Memorial
North of the border, Michael Nicolson (Glasgow Wheelers) took victory in the Eddie Morgan Memorial Road Race at Dunkeld on Saturday.
Nicolson won the 55-mile event from breakaway companion James Millar (Dooleys Cycles RT), the pair having been away from the rest of the bunch for the majority of the race.
Veteran John Kermode (Dundee Thistle CC) used all his experience to lead in the bunch and claim the final podium spot, while Ythan Cycling Club’s Fion Duncan was the first woman over the line.
Roshier proves age no barrier in Surrey League
Another veteran, Colin Roshier of Team Quest, showed he is still a class act when he won the Surrey League Handicap run off over a 30-mile course at the MOD base at Chertsey, Surrey.
The first cat rider held off a clutch of second cat riders to take victory in the event, with the unattached Ben Wilson taking second and Michael Metayer of Kingston Wheelers third.
Eagers wins in Wakefield
And in West Yorkshire, Derby Mercury RC’s Andy Eagers won the Wakefield CC road race by 12 seconds from Triangle RT rider Richard Binks, while Shane O’Neill (GS Surosa) was inches behind in third.
Bennet convincing in Junior Tour of Ireland
Home nation rider Sam Bennett proved a convincing winner of the Junior Tour of Ireland which finished at Castlebar on Sunday.
Bennett (Stena Ireland) had originally taken the leaders’ yellow jersey since the opening four-kilometre hill climb on Wednesday, and after losing it to team-mate Philip Pavery the next day, battled back to take the lead.
Victory in the third stage moved him back up to second overall, and when Lavery suffered a broken shoeplate on Friday he dropped back, leaving Bennett to take the yellow jersey ahead of the final two stages.
Seventh in the penultimate stage on Saturday helped him consolidate his lead, and he safely got through the final stage to win overall, with Dan McLay (Dave Rayner Fund) winning the final stage at Castlebar.
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