Veteran rider Tim Carpenter (3 Sixty Performance) made the most of an opponent’s mechanical problem to snatch victory in Truro on Sunday.
The course was very slushy after an overnight downpour of rain, although it held up quite well. It was still slippery in the corners, however, and the course had been built with plenty of sections which required dismounting, giving the riders food for thought.
Matt Loake (Southfork Racing.co.uk) was the early leader as he headed up the bunch for the first two laps of the race.
But then Matt Holland (Velo Centre) took over at the front, bridging across to the leaders and making a break off the front.
Holland looked to have secured victory in the race only to suffer from a mechanical failure on the final lap.
This paved the way for Carpenter, 45, to pick up where he left of and cross the line first. Loake was still pushing close to the front and came in second.
Holland had to make do with third, although he was also top junior. Another veteran rider, and race organiser, Stuart Pickering of Cycle Logic was fourth. Angie Pike (Plymouth CX) was first woman, leading from Alison Hooper (Mid Devon).
1 Tim Carpenter (3 Sixty Performance RT)
2 Matt Loake (Southfork Racing.co.uk)
3 Tom Holland (Velo Centre) junior
1 Matt Loake
2 Ben Farrer (Certini)
3 Steven Holmes (Plymouth CX)
1 Tim Carpenter
2 Stuart Pickering (Cycle Logic)
3 Robin Delve (Mid Devon)
1 Tom Holland
2 Charlie McFadzean (CS Dynamo)
1 Angie Pike (Plymouth CX)
2 Alison Hooper (Mid Devon)
3 Amy Gallagher (Plymouth CX)
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