GS Metro Road Race
Middleton, Northumberland, 65 miles
Event: 7th August 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports
Durham University student Will Haynes showed his class to power away from his two breakaway companions on the finishing hill and take a merited victory in wet conditions for GS Metro's 65-mile road race in Northumberland.
The decisive move came on the firtst of eight laps of the main circuit when Haynes, Colin Ash and Chris Mark went off the front.
It was the last the main field was to see of them as they opened up a significant lead before a chasing trio of Tommy Bustard, who was given the award for the most combative rider, Andrew Beattie and Thomas Timothy took off in vain pursuit.
The chasers were reduced to two when Timothy spectacularly misjudged Scots Gap corner, sliding across the whole width of the wet road - thankfully without injury - and as the leaders moved off the circuit and on to the finishing climb, Haynes pulled away from his two rivals in convincing manner to secure a fine victory ahead of Ash.
1. Will Haynes (Durham Unversityi CC-Aura Cycles) 2-45-00
2. Colin Ash (Blackhawkbikes.com) @ 5sec
3. Chris Mark (Velo 29) @ 7sec
4. Tommy Bustard (Team Sportscover) @55sec
5. Andrew Beattie (Infinity Cycles) @ same time
6. David Crawley (ActivCycles-Fentimans) at 1-25
7 James Thompson (Boneshakers-Trek)
8. Tommy Murray (Glasgow Wheelers)
9. Alan Nixon (Blackhawkbikes.com)
10. Angus Elliot (The Bicycleworks.com) all @ same time