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.


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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.


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.?


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.

Latest score:

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.

Latest standings:

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