Michael Ashurst joined the Frank Morgan Memorial Race and stopped people bridging the gap to his teammates out in the breakaway

Michael Ashurst, a rider for the Champion Systems VCUK Racing Team, has been handed a four-month ban for joining and influencing a race that he had not entered.

Ashurst joined the Frank Morgan Memorial Race on March 27 after lap six, according to a British Cycling disciplinary complaint, and “became involved in the event and undertook some racing moves”.

The report from British Cycling says that Ashurst chased down riders and rode to prevent other riders bridging the gap to the breakaway, which contained two of his Champion Systems teammates.

Ashurst disrupted the race for eight laps and refused to leave when asked to by actual participants in the race. The first category rider was fined £100 and handed a four-month ban, backdated to the date of the incident.

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Since then, Ashurst has won three races, including the Danum Trophy Road Race – a National B event. He will be eligible to compete again after July 27. Under British Cycling disciplinary rules, he could have faced a maximum ban of 24 months for breaching the code of conduct or compromising the safety of other riders.

Fixing or improperly influencing the result of a race carries a sanction of a ban between one and 12 months and an unlimited fine.

  • two20

    I know a guy who was club captain of a local team who joined the “autobus” on the descent of the Joux Plane into Morzine in the Tour de France. He was nearly sixty at the time and despite the gendarmes whistling at him, he hung in there. I don’t think it was his first time either.

  • Gary Jogela

    Try as you might.you can’t justify him joining in the race

  • Michael

    I think you’re confusing laws with rules.

    It’s like saying there’s no law says you can’t move your bishop vertically so Kasparov can do that during a chess match.

    This buffoon has agreed as part of getting a licence to abide by the rules as such he’s contractually obliged to follow them, whether these races are on open roads or not is entirely moot.

    Of course some random idiot could ruin a bike race on open roads but this would appear to serve little or no purpose. If it appeared that he was doing it to aid or abet people in the race then obviously they can be disqualified and fined.

  • Timpacker

    Unfortunately it matters if it’s a public road there are no rules to stop you riding on a public road .. If it’s a closed circuit then yes it’s a different matter

  • Paul Jakma

    Nothing stops people clubbing together and agreeing on rules between themselves for whatever activities between them – within the limits of the law. Whether it’s on a public road or not matters little (though, this seems to have been on a private circuit).

  • llos25

    The race as far as I know was not on open roads.

  • Mark Nicholls

    They should have demoted him to 2nd cat to teach him a lesson. The ban isn’t enough

  • Timpacker

    Although he was making a complete w@nker of himself there’s absolutely no rules stopping him riding on public roads..

  • Derek


  • llos25

    He knew what he was doing he wants banning for life and locked in a room for a long time.

  • IndependentThinker

    Is this a new form of doping?


    what an ass. As a 1st cat he would have known the rules. But he clearly didnt gave a dam. Cycling has enough image problems without tools like him.

  • J1

    Why didn’t he just enter properly if he was so desperate to compete? What a w*nker.

  • Stevo

    But not enough to actually enter the race?!

  • Now there’s a man who loves racing his bike!
    Bikesy co uk

  • richcyclo

    what a nob!