Location: Preston Park, Stockton-on-Tees
Event: 2 October 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports
Black Hawk Bikes secured a one-two in the third round of the CXNE League at Preston Park, Stockton-on-Tees, on Sunday.
Tony Fawcett, 33 and from Stanley in County Durham, crossed the line alone after a strong ride, 1-41 ahead of team-mate Kenny Haswell from Sunderland.
Tony Fawcett on his way to victory at Preston Park.
And there was a sprint for the final podium place, with MTS rider Malcolm Lewis just edging out event organiser Alan Nixon (Black Hawk Bikes), about ten seconds behind Haswell, and thereby denying Black Hawk Bikes a 1-2-3 in their promotion.
The racing was fast and furious from the start, but Fawcett was at the head of the race virtually from the gun and gradually pulled out his lead.
Haswell battled on alone in no-man's land, and while he eventually lost sight of Fawcett, he was very much still in view of the group of four riders behind who were battling to keep up.
Keith Murray (Hope Factory Racing) was pushing hard to escape the rest of the chasing group but he failed to shake them off, and Lewis and Nixon eventually edged ahead as Murray's leg's tired.
The course proved popular once again, with a figure-eight circuit giving riders a twisty wooded section before emerging out onto grassland, which also included tight turns and technical areas which proved difficult with slight rain showers making it greasy.
1. Tony Fawcett (Black Hawk Bikes)
2. Ken Haswell (Infinity Cycles)
3. Malcom Lewis (MTS)
4. Alan Nixon (Black Hawk Bikes)
5. Keith Murray (Hope Factory Racing)
6. Darren Binks (Hambleton RC)
7. Vince Potter (Black Hawk Bikes)
8. Matt Flynn (Velocity RT)
9. Stephen Brazier (MTS)
10. Ian Knights (VC Briganti)
Juniors: Matt Flynn. Veterans: Stephen Brazier. Women: Jessica Roberts (unattached).
1 Stephen Lee (Hetton Hawks) 26:28
2 James Edmond (Ferryhill Wheelers) @ 45sec
3 Matthew Worton (Hetton Hawks) at 1:08
Under-14s: Jake Dobson (Newcastle Phoenix). Girls: Emma Brady (MTS). Under-12s: John Tanfield.
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.