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- Start Date:
Sun, 29th Jun 2014
- Event Type:
The Cottesloe School, Aylesbury Road, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 0PB
- Entry close date
Sun, 15th Jun 2014
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|Date||Start||Race name||Classification||Band||Rider Cat||Race length|
|29/06/14||09:30||E/1/2/3||National B||Band 2||1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite||142km / 88 miles|
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|Sun 29/06/14||09:30||National B||Band 2||1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite|
Entry: Postal: (£20.00), On Day: (£22.00)
Sun 29/06/14 - 09:30
Classification: National B
Band: Band 2
Rider Cat: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite
Entry: Postal: (£20.00), On Day: (£22.00)
Posted 02/07/2014 - Neil Wass
Ben Stockdale (Metaltek-Kuota) secured victory in the TMG Horizon Trophy Road Race near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, on Sunday.
He won a close sprint from Kieran Brady (City Cycle Centre), while just five seconds back was James Phillips (Dream CC) in third.
Upgraded to National B Status for 2014, organiser Neil Wass explained that the team wanted to help higher categories of rider develop; particularly the younger riders who often struggle with travel to find sufficient fixtures.
The pace was high from the off and within half a lap, a break developed which looked like it could well succeed. Crossing the line for The Plough Amersham Prime with five laps to go, last year’s runner-up Danny Axford looked comfortable, although it was James Phillips of Dream Cycling who took the spoils.
Locals Mike Jackson and Jonny Shuster were also in attendance and when they were joined by Mark Baines of Spirit Racing who put in a massive acceleration to bridge and one other, things looked good for the break with a one minute gap.
With four laps to go, Jackson had been joined by team mate Ashley Cox but the pace of the break had clearly taken its toll as many of the original group had been dropped. Baines and Axford were driving hard as Jack Beezer of Arbis Colbert and Ben Stockdale of Metaltek Scott started a huge two-up effort to bridge with the bunch strung out just 10 seconds behind them.
Stockdale led the break over the line with three laps to go for the Redbourn Physiotherapy Prime and the strain was beginning to show, with gaps opening up in the break and an advancing peloton eating into the 40 seconds advantage. Things were looking ominous and it was this situation which led Danny Axford of Arctic Tacx to attack off the front of the break shortly afterwards.
In characteristic style, Axford backed up the attack with a measured effort and carved out a gap of 26 seconds to the original break which was holding steady with two laps to go. A lone effort was always going to be tough on such an exposed course though and he was caught by the widely fancied Beezer of Arbis, once again on the offensive as the front of the bunch started to explode with Mike Debney of Cadence pushing over the line in third.
It all came back together for the finale though. With many of the bunch struggling, it was looking like a possible bunch sprint up the finish hill but Ben Stockdale and Kieran Brady of City Centre Cycles opened up a gap of five seconds over the bunch as Stockdale took the win, clearly having conserved his resources judiciously.
“I was delighted with the win,” he said afterwards. “It’s a great, well organised event with a testing course that’s clearly on the up and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”
1 Ben Stockdale - Metaltek Kuota 142km in 2:55:22
2 Kieran Brady – City Centre Cycle
3 James Phillips – Dream CC at 5sec
4 Tom Neale – Corley Cycles
5 Tony Gibb - CSE Racing
6 Oliver Maxwell – Windmill Wheels
7 Peter Corker – Pedal Pushers RT
8 Mark Baines – Spirit Bikes RT
9 Rob Yeatman – BH-Soulidor-WAM
10 Ed Palfreeman – Corley Cycles
11 Jake Hales – WyndyMilla
12 Malcolm Smith – St Ives CC
13 Ben Allen – Dulwich Paragon
14 Gareth Jones – Mammoth Lifestyle
15 Jack Beezer – Arbis Colbert RT
16 Ben Rowe – Wyndymilla
17 Colin Bailey – North Road CC
18 Craig Wallduck – Dream CC
19 Mike Jackson – CC Luton
20 Phil Peters – CSE Racing
Junior Winner - Oliver Maxwell – Windmill Wheels
The Plough Amersham Prime - James Phillips – Dream CC
Redbourn Physiotherapy Prime - Ben Stockdale - Metaltek Kuota
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