Location: Darley Moor, Derbyshire
Event: 11 March 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Attacking with around half a mile to go, Jamie Shirlaw (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) held off the rest of a leading group of six riders to win the first round of the Darley Moor Circuit Series at Ashbourne.
“I wasn’t too confident about the sprint, so I jumped, got a gap and just put my head down,” said the 19-year-old winner, from Leeds, who crossed the line clear of James Notley (Planet X RT). “It’s my first win of the season and hopefully there’s a few more to come.”
The break went clear about half an hour into the 34-mile race. “I had three team-mates wth me and we tried to take it in turns to follow the early moves,” said Shirlaw.
“When the winning move went it was a good one to be in with Graham Briggs and Matt Gee not there, and we all worked well together until the wind began to take a toll in the last few laps.
“It’s the first time I’ve raced at Darley Moor, but flat circuits suit me and it worked out just right.”
1 Jamie Shirlaw (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes) 1:08:46
2 James Notley (Planet X RT)
3 Dan Storey (RST Cycles)
4 Jeroen Janssen (Team Raleigh)
5 Dan Booth (Hope Factory Racing)
6 Edward Pickard (Derby Mercury RC) all @ same time
7 Graham Briggs (Raleigh) @ 15sec
8 Paul Bethell (Team Elite)
9 Matt Gee (Metaltek-Scott)
10 Tom Stewart (RST RT) all same time
1 Blane Cowley (Private member) 1:11:26
2 Matt Dennis (AW Cycles)
3 Phil Rayner (Welland Valley CC)
4 Tom Sutton (Welovemountains.com)
5 Adrian Adgar (Balanced Performance)
6 Andrew Phiri (Private member)
Junior: James Peckover (Nottingham Clarion CC)
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.