British road race round-up (August 23-25): News and results from around the UK
Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar dominated the three-day NFTO Junior Tour of Wales, winning two stages with solo efforts to end up almost five minutes clear of his nearest rival in the overall standings.
Dunbar (Sensa Munster), twice winner of the Junior Tour of Ireland, took the leader’s yellow jersey on stage two when he rode away from the rest of the field on the mountain top finish at Llangynidr, finishing 2-43 clear, and he did it again in atrocious conditions for Monday’s fifth stage finale as he opened up a gap of 41 seconds over second-placed Stephen Williams (Wales) on the four-mile climb of Tumble Mountain to the finish.
Dunbar ended the race 4-51 clear of Alexander Braybrooke (Velocity WD-40) whose team-mate Matthew Gibson was third overall. Ben Chapman (Central Region), who won the King of the Mountains competition, was fourth and third place on the last stage lifted Dan Gardner (Speg-Project 51) to fifth.
Second to team-mate Tom Bustard in the previous week’s Mike Binks Memorial event, James Gullen (Velosure-Giordana RT) made no mistake as he outsprinted breakaway rivals Jonathan Dibben (100% ME) and Joshua Hunt (NFTO Pro Cycling) to win the 82-mile Out Of The Saddle Road Race in South Yorkshire.
The three broke clear on the seventh of 13 laps of a circuit based on Braithwell and were 40 seconds up at the bell as Bustard was left to lead in the chasers.
Tom Neale (Team Corley Cycles) was fastest in an 11-man sprint at the end of Peterborough CC’s 78-mile Alston Country Homes Road Race at Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, with last year’s winner Steve Lampier (Velosure-Giordana RT) forced to settle for eighth place after marshalling any moves to break things up. Lloyd Chapman (Richardson-Trek RT) claimed second place.
Continuing a successful August, Harry Tanfield (KTM road-and-trail.com) sprinted in ahead of Will Brown (Achieve Skinnergate Racing) in heavy rain to win the Sunderland Clarion Crit at Hetton Lyons Park , his third closed circuit win of the month, and followed up with victory in the Tickhill Grand Prix, near Doncaster, ahead of Marcin Bialoblocki (Velosure-Giordana RT).
Chris Fennell (PMR@Toachim House) overturned a July defeat by Rhys Howells (Richardsons-Trek RT) on the same circuit to win the Vuelta A Fowlmead in Kent, hwellstaking second place for the second year running.
Colin Parry (BH-Solidor-WAM Youth) attacked from a leading group of 11 riders last time up Woodham Hill to solo to vitory in Behind The Bikeshed’s End of Summer Circuit Race at Thruxton, finishing two seconds clear of Lewis Atkins (Pedal Heaven Colbornes).
Lauryn Therin (Bonito Squadra Corse) claimed her first win of the season in the Women’s Tour Series round at the Darley Moor circuit in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The 28-year-old broke away with Sarah Byrne (Newcastle Tri) seven laps from the end and took the sprint ahead of the chasing bunch.
French under-23 Mederic Mancel (USSA Pavilly Barentin) defied a strong team effort from Langsett Cycles RT to win the feature race of the Jersey Town Centre Criteriums in St Helier, holding off Jamie Burgan from the Sheffield squad.
Stage one winner Louise Moriarty (Look Mum No Hands) went on to overall honours in the Surrey League Women’s Three-Day ahead of Maryka Sennema (Kingston Wheelers), who took stage three, and stage two winner Jennifer George (Dulwich Paragon CC).