British cyclo-cross and road race round-up (Sept 6-7): News and results from around the UK
Great Britain Under-23 cyclo-cross ace Jack Clarkson made it two wins from two rounds of the Yorkshire Points Series when he raced to a solo victory in the latest race at Home Farm in Bradford on Sunday.
The 21-year-old from Halifax crossed the line 1-10 ahead of vet Ian Taylor (Jedi Cyclesport), while Nick Barnes (Zepnat RT) took third, another 1-30 behind.
The trio had been together in the early stages of the race, but once Clarkson decided to hit the front there was no stopping him.
Under-23 rider Jack Humphreys (Wheelbase-Altura) won the opening round of the North West League at Hoghton Tower in Preston on Saturday, with Clarkson having to settle for second.
The 19-year-old held off Clarkson, while last year’s league winner Giles Drake (Leisure Lakes) was third.
Elsewhere, MTB cross-country ace Stephen James (Renvale RT) won the opening round of the 2014 Eastern League at Basildon in Essex – but he had to overcome a far from ideal build up.
His electronic gears stopped working just as he finished his warm up, so with just a few minutes before the race started he was forced to borrow a bike that was too small for him.
A quick change of seat post gave him some comfort, but he rode much of the race standing up and worrying about rolling a wheel.
However, despite easing his way round corners, he still managed to take the win by 43 seconds from Darren Barclay (Arctic TACX), who was just three seconds ahead of Neil Ellison (WDMBC).
Tony Fawcett led a one-two for the Pioneer-Scott Synchros team in the opening round of the CX North East Series at Hetton Lyons on Sunday, with Keith Murray finishing just over three minutes behind in second spot.
And in Berkshire Ben Sumner (Beeline Bicycles) won round one of the Wessex League in Newbury, but was only eight seconds ahead of Jamie Newall (Pedal Heaven) in a close finish, with Luke Gray (Trek Cross Collective) third, just two seconds further back.
In road racing, the Easterley Falling Leaves Road Race in Essex was won by Ben Knowles, 31 and from London, who held off Grant Smith (Crest CC) and Douglas Bradshaw (Cambridge CC) for the win at Ugley.
In the Ben Carroll Memorial Road Race near Swansea, victory went to in-form Josh Burns (Starley Primal), who was second in the Tour of the Mining Valleys last month.
Second spot went to Glyndwr Griffiths (Arctic-TACX) with Tom Smith (Deplasco-VDBG) third.
George Harper (Giordana RT) won the Lord Mayor’s Challenge Road Race at the Redbridge circuit in Essex on Sunday. The 22-year-old from Andover beat 18-year-old Ben Chapman (Team Corley Cycles) into second, with Josh Green (Neon Velo) third.
In Wiltshire, Mike Kiss led a one-two for Performance Cycles in the Cricklade Kermesse, with Daniel Guest finishing second in the Saturday afternoon event.