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Cross: Martin eases to win in Yorkshire

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Adam Martin (Cestria Cycles) cruised home in the fifth round of the Yorkshire Points at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, on Saturday.

Nick Barnes (Zepnat) was the early leader on the first lap and had managed to open up a gap by the time the riders raced into the wooded section.

But when the riders emerged from the trees, it was Adam Martin who led and he didn’t let up and was a minute in front by the halfway stage.

The race was run on a technical course with some difficult field work followed by two woodland sections.

The transition from the first part of the woods to the second caused a lot of problems for the riders, with a particular corner catching many of them unawares. The key to success seemed to be staying upright on this part of the course.

Simon Maudsley (Dirt Wheels) was on his own in second but Dieter Droger (Dirt Wheels) and James Sharp (Hope Factory Racing) worked together to catch him up.

Once he’d been caught, the two Dirt Wheels riders ditched Sharp and couldn’t be separated as they sprinted for the line.

Batley CC’s Marcus Spencer was the early leader of the veteran race but couldn’t hold on and when he came out of the woods, Noel Clough (Fietsen Tempo) had overhauled him.

Noel had a generous lead over his rivals but Chris Young (Pedalsport) is finding some form now and he came back and although he couldn’t quite get onto Clough’s back wheel, the leader never had chance to rest on his laurels.

But Clough stuck to the task well and crossed the line first. The first woman over the line was Diane Lee (Zepnat), with Annabelle Simpson (Hope Factory Racing) and Adela Carter (Hope Factory Racing) second and third respectively.

In the youth race, under 14 rider Jamie Ridelhalgh (Airedale Chemicals) had an early lead but suffered some technical problems and fell away quickly.

This cleared the way for Robert Scott (East Bradford), Jack Fillingham (Pedalsport), Alfie Moses (Paul Milnes) and Tom Seaman (Wakefield Junior Tri) to come through.

The top three stayed together for the rest of the race until Fillingham got away. However, Robert Scott caught him and it came down to a sprint finish which Scott won. Ridelhalgh still finished in fourth and was fastest under 14. Lucy Horrocks (Hope Factory Racing) was quickest girl.


1 Adam Martin (Cestria Cycles) 58:37
= 2 Dieter Droger (Dirt Wheels)
= 2 Simon Maudsley both (Dirt Wheels) @ 1:25
4 James Sharp (Hope Factory Racing)
5 Joshua Keep (unattached)
6 Andrew Stuart (Nottingham Clarion)
7 Nick Barnes (Zepnat)
8 Tom Randall (Rock Racing)
9 James Dalton (Pedalsport)
10 Hugo Humphries (Leeds University)
1 Noel Clough (Fietsen Tempo)
2 Chris Young (Pedalsport)
3 Matt Denby (Jewson)
4 Mike Young (Pedalsport)
5 Dan Cook (Planet X)
6 Chris Taylor (Pedalsport)
7 John Hick (Holme Valley Wheelers)
8 Graham Bird (unattached)
9 Phil Hinchcliffe (Bradford RCC)
10 Steve Bottomley (Cross Tracks)
1 Diane Lee (Zepnat)
2 Annabelle Simpson (Hope Factory Racing)
3 Adela Carter (Hope Factory Racing)
1 Robert Scott (East Bradford) 30:15
2 Jack Fillingham (Pedalsport) @ 1 sec
3 Alfie Moses (Paul Milnes) @ 20 sec
4 Tom Seaman (Wakefield Junior Tri)
5 James Ridelhalgh (Airedale Chemicals)
First girl:
Lucy Horrocks (Hope Factory Racing)
Under 14:
Jamie Ridelhalgh (Airedale Chemicals)
Under 12:
1 Jenson Young (Pedalsport)
2 Finn Cooper (Kirklees Cycle Academy)
3 Ava Oxley (Wakefield Junior Tri)
Under 10:
1 Cameron Branford (Wakefield Junior Tri)
2 Marcus Hiley (Pedalsport)
3 Tony Sheard (Kirklees Cycle Academy)
First girl:
1 Kayleigh Wells (Yorkshire Velo)
Under 8:
1 Seb Cliff (Wakefield Junior Tri)
2 Henry Parkin (Wakefield Junior Tri)
3 Oliver Hick (unattached)
First girl:
Astrid Hiley (Pedalsport)

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