British road race round-up (July 5-6): news and results from around the UK
Richardson-Trek secured a 1-2-3 in the Autostrasse Porsche RT Road Race at the MOD Woodbridge site in Suffolk on Saturday, with 18-year-old prospect George Wood leading them to victory.
Hailing from Canvey Island in Essex, Wood took the win ahead of 34-year-old team-mate Dean Shannon from Southend, while their domination of the podium was sealed with Joe Giggins taking third.
The event included races for several different categories and ages, and it proved a successful day for the promoting club Autostrasse Porsche, who are a relatively new club but celebrated a win in the 234 race thanks to David Warwick.
And in Kent, Richardsons-Trek also took victory in the Tour de Fowlmead, with 26-year-old London rider Rhys Howells winning a two-up sprint finish to the 90-minute race.
Howells took the win ahead of Chris Fennell, the 18-year-old from Ramsgate who rides for the promoting PMR at Toachim House club.
Justin Hoy (Felt Racing) joined them at the front for a time, but didn’t work well with his two rivals and soon dropped back to the chasing bunch. Howells won the sprint finish to take his second win in as many weeks following victory in the Stockbridge Down Road Race.
Fennell had hopes of taking another victory following his win in last month’s Kalas Cup Two-Day, but he settled for second, while the final spot on the podium went to 41-year-old Maidstone-based Malcolm Davies (4T+ Velo Club) who led in the chasing pack 1-20 behind.
While Yorkshire prepared for the arrival of the Tour de France, NFTO Pro Cycling riders Dean Downing and Adam Blythe secured a one-two for their team in Friday night’s criteriums in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
And they nearly had a 1-2-3, with team-mate Russell Downing just being pushed out into fourth by Chris Latham (100 Per Cent ME). Lewis Craven (Wheelbase) won the 234 race with a solo attack, while Geoff Martin (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) was second.
And in Winchester, Steven Roach (unattached) won a sprint finish to the Sotonia CC Summer Road Race, with Edward Sutton (Wightlink) edged out into second and Rowan Horner (VC St Raphael) third., two seconds off the pace.
Roach initiated the decisive move of the day, and held the advantage all the way to the line after seven and a half laps of an eight-mile course near Owslebury