Location: Endmoor, Kendal, Cumbria
Event: 14 April 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Hope Factory’s James Gullen fought his way to the front to take victory in event six of the CDNW Road Race League.
The high wind and heavy rain made for extremely difficult conditions but the riders that took part made it a success as they made their way round the windswept Cumbria roads.
But the conditions didn’t seem to affect Gullen and with nobody working together three laps in, the 23-year-old took off on his own and stayed away.
Although Michael Ashurst (Biketreks Racing Academy) bridged across to Gullen, he couldn’t keep pace and soon dropped off leaving the leader to storm away and record his first victory of the season.
Matthew Cronshaw (IG Sigma Sport) raced to second place, 1:34 behind Gullen. Cronshaw was also on his own with Andy Tennant (Madison Genesis) ten seconds behind in third.
James said after the race: “It was really bad weather, very windy. A small group got away early on, with two Madison Genesis guys. I rode across with someone else but nobody worked well so I went off in front.
“I felt good, not everyone was up for it and when that happens it can give you an advantage and I think that’s what happened.
“I’ve entered quite a few of the CDNW races, I came second to Rob Partridge in event five and I’ve had podiums but this was my first win. I’ve got Rutland next weekend and then a tour series which I’ve never done before so it’s learning curve.”
In the support race, it was Ilkley CC’s Robert Ormrod who led the way with Team Leapfrog’s Mark Dziobon second across the line. Oliver Payton (Cycle Sport Pendle) rounded off the podium.
1 James Gullen Hope Factory Racing
2 Matthew Cronshaw IG Sigma Sport
3 Andy Tennant Madison Genesis
4 Ian Bibby Madison Genesis
5 Michael Ashurst Biketreks Racing Academy
6 Gary Hand Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
7 Stuart Reid Wheelbase Altura MGD
8 Josh Hunt Team UK Youth
9 Andrew Coupe Wheelbase Altura MGD
10 Giles Drake Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
11 Kit Gilham Metaltek - Knights of Old Racing Team
12 Matthew Pilkington Metaltek - Knights of Old Racing Team
13 James Dunlop Biketreks Racing Academy
14 Felix Barker St Ives CC
15 Kevin Barclay Bicycle Works
16 Steven Clarke Wheelbase Altura MGD
17 Henry Hunter Teamwallis CHH Racing Team
18 Alastair Kay Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
19 Shaun Nicholson Blackhawk Bikes
20 Jake Cowen Biketreks Racing Academy
1 Robert Ormrod Ilkley Cycling Club
2 Mark Dziobon Team Leapfrog
3 Oliver Payton Cycle Sport Pendle
4 Darran Acton Team Leapfrog
5 Robert Shields Gosforth RC
6 Alastair Young Chester RC
7 James Chamberlain Cyclesport International RT
8 Adam Pratt Rock to Roll Cycles Ltd
9 John Cann Blumilk.com
10 Mark Tickle Leigh Premier RC
11 Philip Knupfer Manchester Whlrs Club
12 Alexander O'Gorman Manchester Whlrs Club
13 Christian Smith Manchester Whlrs Club
14 Alex Jones 4 Star Racing
15 Peter Harrison Manx R.C.
16 Carl Potter Lancashire RC
17 John Agnew PM
18 Darius Satongar Manchester Whlrs Club
19 Keith Laird Team Thomsons Cycles
20 Nick Jones Honister 92
21 David Allonby Overplay.net Racing Team
22 Luke Douglas Chorlton Velo
23 Michael Lund Lancs Fire Racing
24 Joshua Vincent (unattached)
25 Peter Ware St Helens CRC/D.Sparrow Plumbing & Heating Services
26 Martyn Gordon Champion System/Maxgear/Base
27 Stewart Melling (unattached)
28 Ashley Ryan Honister 92
29 Campbell West (unattached)
30 Geoff Mates (unattached)
31 Paul Rowley Manchester Whlrs Club
32 Ben Staley Team Wheelguru
33 Fred Bamforth Private member
34 Robert Smith Honister 92
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