British road race round-up (April 26-17): News and results from around the UK
Tom Moses (Rapha Condor-JLT) secured victory in the 10th Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic on Sunday, sprinting to victory at the end of the tough 115-mile race which attracted teams from across the continent for a mix of wide roads and narrow farm tracks reminiscent of the Spring Classics in France and Belgium.
A UCI 1.2 ranked race, the CiCLE Classic came down to a three-rider sprint finish with 21-year-old Yorkshireman Moses holding off Tom Scully (Madison-Genesis), with Mark McNally (An Post-Chain Reaction) third.
The 2014 CiCLE Classic also incorporated a round of the national Junior Series, and it was a familiar face on the top of the podium with James Shaw (Haribo Beacon) taking a third consecutive victory and ensuring he has maximum points in the series.
The 17-year-old took victory by just two seconds at the end of the 58-mile race, and survived a puncture on the rough off-road sections to take victory from Oliver Maxwell (Windmill Wheels), with Joey Walker (RST Racing Team) inches behind in third.
Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International enjoyed a superb day at the Women’s Cheshire Classic, round two of the National Women’s Series near Weaverham on Sunday.
Katie Archibald took a solo victory after attacking alone on the final lap, and team-mate Hayley Jones was second, around 1-30 behind.
While Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) took third, fourth spot for another Pearl Izumi rider, Nicola Juniper, was enough for her to strengthen her overall lead in the series following her win in the opening round a fortnight ago, the Tour of the Reservoir.
At the Hillingdon circuit in London, Tony Gibb (CSE Racing) notched up his third consecutive victory in the 2014 Archer Spring Criterium when he sprinted to victory on Saturday.
The 37-year-old from High Wycombe won a bunch finish to the circuit race, which was shortened to 35 laps because of a crash in the earlier third and fourth category race. Joe Giggins (Richardsons-Trek) took second and Joe Barry (Ride 247) third.
While Tom Moses was busy winning the day’s big race, the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, Rapha Condor-JLT’s talented teenager Hugh Carthy took another victory for the team in the sixth round of the CDNW League at Old Hutton in Cumbria on Sunday.
He crossed the line alone, almost two and a half minutes ahead of Giles Drake (Leisure Lakes) while Andy Tennant (Madison Genesis) was third, just three seconds behind Drake in a seven rider sprint for the minor placings at the end of the 123-kilometre race. Peter Brook (Chester RC) won the 3/4 cat race.
In Scotland, George Atkins (Team Raleigh) won the David Campbell Memorial at Leven in Fife, staged over a 81-mile course which was split over four laps of a course from Bonnybank through Montrave, Craigrothie and Cadgers Brae.
The 22-year-old from Newport in Wales crossed the line just five seconds ahead of Steve Lawley (The Rigmar Racers), with Peter Murdoch (Paisley Velo) taking third.
And also in Scotland, Neil Scott (Dundee Thistle) won the Peebles Road Race at Stobo on Saturday.
The 22-year-old from Montrose crossed the line 10 seconds clear at the end of the 55-mile race, with Kris Lindsay (Edinburgh RC) second and the promoting club’s Calum Magowan another four seconds back in third.
In Yorkshire, Chevin Cycles’ Matthew Williams won the Out of the Saddle Road Race, staged over a 50-mile course based on roads around Braithwell, South Yorkshire, on Sunday.