Road: Doherty Wins Hoyland Meml


Location: Braithwell, South Yorkshire
Event: 4 September 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports

John Doherty won a three-up sprint finish to the Richard Hoyland Memorial Road Race, staged around Braithwell in South Yorkshire on Sunday.

VS Cycles rider Doherty, 37 and from Brighouse, edged out breakaway companion Steve Ellis (Out of the Saddle) for the win at the end of the 59-mile race, while Derby Mercury's Rob Slater took third.

Conditions were near perfect for the race, with still conditions helping ensure a high pace, while rain prior to the event was soon dried out by the welcome sun.

The race largely stayed together for the first ten laps of a 3.7-mile circuit, but with about six laps remaining Ellis attacked and dragged Doherty and Slater with him.

They establish a lead of about 30 seconds, and although that was whittled down to about 17 seconds they did manage to stay clear of the bunch in the final lap to ensure they shared the podium places.


1 John Doherty (VS Cycles)
2 Steve Ellis (Out of the Saddle) @ same time
3 Rob Slater (Derby Mercury RC) @ 2sec
4 Chris Pritchard (Endura Racing) @ 7sec
5 Peter Barusevicus (VC Bradford) @ 17sec
6 Lee Stenton (Airedale Olympic)
7 Tom Garwell (Dirt Wheels Cycles)
8 Sean Newbould (Featherstone RC)
9 Ben Ives (We Love Mountains RT)
10 John Askey (Active Copiers)

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.