Rob Hayles recovered from early mechanical problems to take victory in the Beaumont Trophy in Northumberland, round six of the Premier Calendar Series, on Sunday.
The Halfords Bikehut rider from Derbyshire battled with his gears and un-shipped his chain twice in the early miles, causing him to miss a decisive move off the front of the bunch which threatened to put an early end to his afternoon.
But with his problems finally sorted Hayles battled back in style, winding through the bunch with ease before chasing down the leading group.
The leading group of around ten had gone clear on the first of six circuits, but never really seemed comfortable with their lead until Hayles came through with Halfords team-mate Tom Southam and Robin Sharman.
The pace immediately increased, and as Hayles powered on only Pete Williams, the Pinarello RT rider from Southport, Merseyside, was strong enough to stay with him.
As they headed for the line it was youngster Williams who made the first move, digging deep and heading for the line, but Hayles quickly countered and crossed the line half a length clear, while third spot went to series leader Russell Downing, Williams’ team-mate.
Hayles’ victory capped a great weekend for the Halfords Bikehut squad, with Southam having won the Leazes Criterium in Newcastle on Friday night which, along with the Beaumont Trophy, made up the Northern Rock Cyclone weekend of events.
Southam sprinted home ahead of Plowman Craven RT rival Simon Richardson on Friday, while Rapha Condor-Recycling’s Dean Downing settled for third, 44 seconds further back at the front of the chasing bunch.
And the results kept coming for the Halfords team, with three riders in the top four of the Women’s National Series event the Capernwray Road Race at Aughton, Lancashire, on Sunday.
Jo Rowsell took victory at the end of the 80-kilometre event, and pipped her team-mate Katie Colclough to the line after the pair had been away for much of the race.
But Halfords were denied a 1-2-3 with Lune RCC’s Leanne Thompson winning the bunch sprint for third from Halfords’ Catherine Hare, 8min 20sec behind.
Dynamo Delahunty wins Giles Ree
Elsewhere, London Dynamo ace Paul Delahunty won a bunch sprint finish to the Giles Ree Memorial road race in West Sussex on Sunday.
He held off Norwood Paragon CC rival Steve Calland for the win, while Kingston Wheelers’ Jules Birks was third.
The event had looked set to be won by Wildside Racing Team’s Simon McNamara, who had attacked alone on the last lap. But he was reeled in by the bunch inside the final kilometre, leading to a bunch gallop.
Jansen scrapes win in Andrws Memorial
Will Jansen (Bikinmotion CC) took a narrow victory in the John Andrews Memorial Road Race, promoted by Yeovil CC at Long Sutton, Somerset, on Sunday.
He edged ahead by half a length at the end of the 65-mile race, with Chippenham and District Wheelers’ Ben Anstie second, while five seconds further back was Doug Dewey (Team Tor 2000).
Eight riders had been clear since around half distance, but as the line approached the pace was increased and led to the group splitting. But the remnants of the leading group all managed to stay clear of the bunch, which was more than nine minutes off the pace.