Location: Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Lancaster, Lancashire
Event: 10 March 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Matt Cronshaw got his Salt Ayre/Wallis Cycles Spring Saturday Series campaign off to a flying start in Lancaster, sprinting to a closely contended first place.
The Node 4-Giordana rider had plenty of company throughout the race with James King (Mountivation JA), Simon Wilson (Metaltek-Scott) and Wheelbase/MDG’s Stuart Reid all jockeying for top spot.
But with the finish line in sight, it was the experienced Cronshaw who had that little bit extra left in the tank to sprint to the end beating King, Wilson and Reid by the slimmest of margins.
The second pack of riders, led by Jack Pullar (Wheelbase/MDG), were ten seconds off the leaders.
The women’s race was a similar story with Liverpool Mercury’s Cath Wiggins producing a final burst of pace to pull away in a pack of six.
Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC), Karen Poole (Suadra Donna), Zoe Armstrong (Scott Contessor), Hannah MacDonald (Liverpool Century) and Claire Dobson (Lune RCC) followed Wiggins over the line just split seconds behind.
1 Matt Cronshaw (Node 4-Giordana)
2 James King (Mountivation JA)
3 Simon Wilson (Metaltek-Scott)
4 Stuart Reid (Wheelbase/MDG) all @ same time
5 Jack Pullar (Wheelbase/MDG) @ 10sec
6 Chris Sherriffs (Team Bglobal)
7 John Crellin (Teamwallis CHH)
8 Luke Ryan (Team Toachim) all @ same time
9 Julian Pearson (Vanillabikes.com) @ 15sec
10 Jacob Tipper (Team Wallis CHH) @ same time
1 Cath Wiggins (Liverpool Mercury)
2 Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC)
3 Karen Poole (Squadra Donne)
4 Zoe Armstrong (Scott Contessor)
5 Hannah MacDonald (Liverpool Century)
6 Claire Dobson (Lune RCC)
7 Hannah Sammut (Liverpool Century) @ 30sec
8 Heather Bamforth (VC St Raphael) @ 1 lap
9 Charlotte Newton (H. Middleton) @ 1 lap
10 Claire Rutherford (Inverse Vivelo) @ 1 lap
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.