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Summer Wine Win for Bottomley
Hade Edge Circuit, near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Promoted by: Holme Valley Wheelers
Event: 2nd July 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports
CROSSTRAX rider Stephen Bottomley took victory in the Last of the Summer Wine Road Race in West Yorkshire, promoted by Holme Valley Wheelers on the tough Hade Edge circuit near Holmfirth.
Bottomley edged ahead of his rivals in a bunch sprint finish to the race, which largely stayed together despite several attempts to break clear which never really got far.
As the race headed to the top of the last climb of Flight Hill, Pudsey-based Bottomley made his move and gained vital inches over his rivals which he held to the line, while Ashfield Road Club's Stuart Murfin took second.
And the supporting Regional C race also ended in a bunch sprint finish, and it was Karl Gray (VS Cycles, Brighouse) who took the win ahead of Manchester Wheelers' Edward Farnell.
1 Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax) 1:48:00
2 Stuart Murfin (Ashfield RC)
3 Sean Newbould (Featherstone RC)
4 Andrew Mitchell (Ellis Briggs RT)
5 Mike Curtis (Aire Valley RT)
6 Mark Jacobi (Peak RC)
7 Andrew Prince (Stafford RC)
8 Sam Pedder (Base 2 Race)
9 Nick Armitstead (Dirt Wheels)
10 Mike Hutton (Sheffrec CC) all @ same time
1 Karl Gray (VS Cycles, Brighouse) 2:00:00
2 Edward Farnell (Manchester Wheelers)
3 Steve Lee (Wheel Guru)
4 Andrew Richardson (VS Cycles, Brighouse)
5 Luke Dabbs (Univ of Manchester CC)
6 Mike Whittaker (Beeston CC)
7 Danny Walmsley (Dirt Wheels)
8 Clive Davies (Lune RCC)
9 James Hunt (Sheffrec CC)
10 Andrew McLeod (Lancashire RC) all @ same time