After taking silver in the UK national 10-mile time trial championship last weekend, in-form Tony Gibb proved his versatility when he won the Central Region road race championships in Buckinghamshire on Sunday.
Gibb, from London, was part of a 13-strong leading group which had left the bunch behind, but he launched a last-lap bid for glory which paid off. He caught his rivals off guard and established around 20 seconds as he made his solo attack, and despite desperate attempts to pull him back his rivals ran out of time as Gibb – clearly suffering from his efforts – crossed the line five seconds clear.
Pearl Izumi’s Matt Jones won the sprint for second spot, while London Dynamo’s Paul Delahunty completed the podium with third spot in the 130-kilometre event at Cublington, Buckinghamshire.
In the West Midlands title race, Rapha Condor youngster Simon Holt proved victorious at Cotes Heath, near Stoke, edging ahead of Martin Ford (unattached), while Corley Cycles’ Richard Cartland settled for third spot.
Holt proved to be the best sprinter from a leading group of five which had chased down an early breakaway, catching them on the fifth of eight laps and driving the break on to victory.
Newcastle’s Colin Humphrey (Activ Cycles) won the North East Championship by around one minute from Team Lacuna’s Daniel Smith, while Keith Smith took third, just beating two of his team-mates on the MTS Inkland squad.
The race had to be shortened slightly after an unrelated car accident forced organisers to divert the race on the final lap.
Polish rider Marcin Bialoblocki (Sports Beans Willier) attacked on the final lap to take a second consecutive victory in the South West Divisional Championships near Exeter, Devon.
An early break was chased down by Bialoblocki along with Tom Southam (Halfords) and James Williams (unattached), but they kept the pace high and eventually dropped the other two riders to set up a three-way fight for glory. But with around one kilometre to go the Pole attacked, and held his advantage to the line, winning by 20 seconds from Tom Southam, while Williams took third.
Also successfully defending his title was Dean Downing (Rapha Condor) who won the Yorkshire Championship at Sheriff Hutton, North Yorkshire.
Sportscover’s Kevin Dawson and York triathlete Philip Graves had been away, but Downing eventually chased them down. Otley’s Liam Holohan had also bridged the gap to make a four-strong leading group. Downing easily won the sprint for the line, while Holohan took second and Dawson third, while Graves crashed on the final corner, but picked himself up and managed to make it to the finish for fourth spot.
The East Midlands Championship at Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire, was won by Dave Clarke (Team Lacuna), who edged ahead of rival Matt Jennings (Webster Cycles) in the sprint for the line, while Keith Haddon (Heanor Clarion) was third.
The race had looked set to be decided by a 13-strong leading group, but on the last lap the pace increased considerably and the group split, with Clarke and Jennings forcing the pace and battling it out for glory.