Premier Calendar action resumes this weekend at the East Yorkshire Classic on Sunday.
The market town of Beverley was badly hit by widespread flooding last year, leading to the cancellation of the national championship road race, but has bounced back to welcome the hundreds of cyclists who will be staying over the weekend, as promoting club Hull Thursday celebrates its centenary with a trio of events spread over three days.
The main event will be the Premier Calendar race on the Sunday, but there is also the National Circuit Race Championships on the Friday and the Grimpeur des Wolds on the Saturday.
The 98-mile route takes the riders out of town past the Beverley racecourse and into the tough, rolling terrain of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The event has the support of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Humberside Police. The Council will be counting on the specialist knowledge of Paul Roggeman, a Belgian with experience of organising top-flight events such as the Kellogg?s Tours and the Milk Race.
After strong performances in the recent GP Cycliste de Gemenc and the Sachsen Tour, the Rapha Condor Recycling riders are currently the main favourites. With Ben Greenwood taking fourth overall in the former race and with Dean Downing taking a superb stage win in the latter, Rapha will send an eight-rider-strong squad, competing for the victory.
Other favourites include recently crowned British champion Rob Hayles (Halfords Bikehut) and Pinarello RT rider, Russell Downing. Plowman Craven will also be a force to be reckoned with, sending eight riders including Evan Oliphant and James McCallum.
With a technical, twisting course featuring eight hill primes along the route, the bunch is unlikely to stay together for long after the start.
After approximately twenty miles, the riders enter the first circuit of the race, itself featuring six of the eight hill primes available on the day. Upon completion of the circuit, the riders head through Market Weighton and enter the finishing circuit, which comprises two circuits of 4.7 miles.
Added to this the National Circuit Race championship on the Friday and the Grimpeur des Wolds sportive on Saturday, it looks set to be a great weekend.
|EAST YORKSHIRE CLASSIC|
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Sunday, August 3
98 miles/ 157km
2007- race cancelled due to flooding
2006- Hamish Haynes
By organiser Andy Cawley
According to race organiser Andy Cawley, although the course has been unchanged for six years and offers the riders who have ridden it before nothing new, there a ?couple of nasty little climbs? on the circuit.
The last climb comes 22 miles from the finish but it will be ?a long haul to keep any advantage gained on the hill.
?The aim of the hills is to split the field mid-race. Usually the race is sorted out by the final climb?.
As for race favourites, Andy backs the Downing brothers, who judging by current form, will certainly be a force to be reckoned with.
|HOW I WON…|
By 2006 winner Hamish Haynes
?It was quite a neutralised race for the first section. I think a lot of people were being cagey. Not a lot happened over the climbs, but I imagine it would be very different as a Premier Calendar event, and if there is a lot of wind it will make a big difference. It?s a good circuit for attacking riders.
?It was all decided on the finishing circuit. There were about 30 riders in the bunch and I got away with Geraint Thomas, Roger Hammond, Duncan Urquhart and Rob Partridge. Geraint, Roger and myself were working. I wasn’t red lining it, and I doubt Roger would have been red lining himself ? we were both trying to ride within ourselves because you want to win.
?We came into the final corner and Geraint led out the sprint and I got round him. The final corner is fairly crucial ? if you feel that your sprint might not be enough, it might be worth having a dabble there.?
BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS
Our season-long competition that pits the two brothers, Dean and Russell Downing, against each other is not as close as it once was.
For most of the 2008 season, Russell has had one up on his brother Dean and added another point to his lead by winning the Tour of Blackpool recently.
Russell 7, Dean 3
We award teams ten points for first place, five for second and one for third in each Premier Calendar event. Slightly more points are on offer for the two international road races and the National Championships. A stage win in a Premier Calendar stage race will be worth three points.
So far, Pinarello have been dominating the series standings and look set to take the title this year. Leaping into second place is Team Halfords Bikehut, thanks to Rob Hayles? second place at the Blackpool GP, with Rapha Condor not far behind.
1. Pinarello 86 pts
2. Halfords Bikehut 35 pts
3. Rapha-Condor-Recycling 34 pts
4. Team 100% ME 14 pts
5. Plowman Craven 11 pts
1 David Robinson Altura RT
2 Jon-Kris Mason Arctic Race Team
3 Oliver Graham Arctic Race Team
4 Craig Stevenson Boneshakerbikes.com
5 David Shackleton Cottingham Coureurs
6 Marcus Smith Cleveland Wheelers
7 Paul Bell Doncaster Wheelers
8 Will Bjergfelt Felt Racing
9 Rick King Inkland MTS
10 James Stewart K.F.S. Special Vehicles
11 Daffydd Dylan K.F.S. Special Vehicles
12 Matt Clinton K.F.S. Special Vehicles
13 Richard Sykes Popham K.F.S. Special Vehicles
14 Neil Coleman K.F.S. Special Vehicles
15 Kieran Frend K.F.S. Special Vehicles
16 James Sampson Kinesis UK
17 Kit Gilham Kinesis UK
18 Matt Cronshaw Kinesis UK
19 Jack Pullar Kinesis UK
20 Josh James Kinesis UK
21 Tom Last Kinesis UK
22 Ashley Finn Lune RCC
23 Callum Sewell Leeds Mercury
24 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Mid Devon CC
25 Simon Baxter MTS Cycle Sport/Inkland RT
26 James Moss MTS Cycle Sport/Inkland RT
27 Ian Taylor MTS Cycle Sport/Inkland RT
28 Daniel Pattern PCA / Ciclos Uno
29 Daniel Kogan PCA / Ciclos Uno
30 Tony Grassby Peak Road Club
31 Steve Gibson Peak Road Club
32 Jack Adams Pendragon / Loughborough Uni
33 John Mozley Pearl Izumi – Planet X -High 5 RT
34 Liam Holoham Pearl Izumi – Planet X -High 5 RT
35 Stephen Adams Pearl Izumi – Planet X -High 5 RT
36 Matthew Jones Pearl Izumi – Planet X -High 5 RT
37 Rapheal Deinhart Pearl Izumi – Planet X -High 5 RT
38 Andrews Tinsley Pearl Izumi – Planet X -High 5 RT
39 Mark Lovatt Planet X RT
40 Malcolm Elliott Pinarello RT
41 Russ Downing Pinarello RT
42 Freddy Johansson Pinarello RT
43 Lee Davis Pinarello RT
44 Tom Murray Pinarello RT
45 Matthew Kipling Pinarello RT
46 Peter Williams Pinarello RT
47 Andy Roche Pinarello RT
48 Alex Higham Plowman Craven RT
49 Simon Gaywood Plowman Craven RT
50 James Millard Plowman Craven RT
51 Simon Richardson Plowman Craven RT
52 James McCallum Plowman Craven RT
53 Tom Barras Plowman Craven RT
54 Evan Oliphant Plowman Craven RT
55 Mark Perry Plowman Craven RT
56 Philip Holwell Rutland CC
57 Dean Downing Rapha Condor Recycling
58 Kiristian House Rapha Condor Recycling
59 Robert Partridge Rapha Condor Recycling
60 Graham Briggs Rapha Condor Recycling
61 Dale Appleby Rapha Condor Recycling
62 Ryan Bonser Rapha Condor Recycling
63 Ben Greenwood Rapha Condor Recycling
64 Simon Holt Rapha Condor Recycling
65 Matthew Stephens Sigmasport / Specialized
66 Robin Sharman Sigmasport / Specialized
67 Mike Harrison Sigmasport / Specialized
68 James Williamson Sigmasport / Specialized
69 Daniel Duguid Sigmasport / Specialized
70 Andrew Bye Sigmasport / Specialized
71 Sybrandy Wouter Sigmasport / Specialized
72 Marcin Bailoblocki Sportbeans-Wilier
73 Edward Griffin Sportbeans-Wilier
74 Dave Coulson Sportbeans-Wilier
75 Mark Thwaites Sportbeans-Wilier
76 Ian Wilkinson Scienceinsport-Trek
77 Dave Collins Scienceinsport-Trek
78 Richard Kent Scienceinsport-Trek
79 Richard Wilkinson Scienceinsport-Trek
80 Hamish Batchelor Sandy Wallace Cycles
81 James Wagstaff Sports Cover – Spiuk
82 Bradley Johnston Sports Cover – Spiuk
83 Kevin Dawson Sports Cover – Spiuk
84 Ashley Brown Sports Cover – Spiuk
85 Gavin Evans Sports Cover – Spiuk
86 Steven Guymer Star Bikes RT
87 Robert Hayles Team Halfords Bikehut
88 Tom Southam Team Halfords Bikehut
89 Roy Chamberlain Team Corley Cycles
90 Mark Wordsworth Team Corley Cycles
91 Matthew Higgins Team Corley Cycles
92 Richard Cartland Team Corley Cycles
93 Tom Kirk Team Corley Cycles
94 David Clarke Team Lacuna
95 Daniel Smith Team Lacuna
96 Douglas Dewey Team Tor 2000
97 Richard Hepworth Wakefiel CC
98 Jimmy Froggatt Wills Wheels CC
99 Matt Jennings Websters Cycles
100 Brett Harwood Wheel Spin Cycles / Scott
101 Alastair Kay York Cycleworks
102 James Sharp York Cycleworks
103 Philip Graves Private Member
104 Stephen Ward Private Member