Event: 18 March 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports | Video: Simon Winston
DIRTWHEELS Cycles pair Rachel Bamford and Brit Tate continued their domination of women’s circuit racing in the North West by following up their result at Salt Ayre the day before with a one-two at Tameside.
Not leaving it to chance in a bunch sprint, Bamford attacked early on and quickly established a 10-second lead over the field before Tate also jumped clear and crossed alone to her team-mate.
There seemed to be little co-ordination in the chase and the leaders extended their advantage to around half a lap by the finish, Bamford opening up a small lead over Tate out of the hairpin and continuing to pull away to record an impressive solo victory.
The bunch sprint for third place went to Melissa Bury (Champion Systems/Maxgear) sprint.
The pace was high from the start of the fourth-category men’s race with Luke Dabbs (University of Manchester) among the most active, but as the bunch grew smaller, riders began to think more about the tactical side of their race and although several riders tried to break clear, none of the moves stuck.
Inside the final lap Philip Turton (Yorkshire RC), Dabbs and Robert Lockhart (Cyclesport International RT) managed to break clear as the other riders began to watch each other in preparation for a sprint, and they held out to the line where Lockhart took the win from Turton with the pack coming in a couple of seconds later.
1 Racheal Bamford Dirtwheels Cycles 48:34:00
2 Brit Tate Dirtwheels Cycles @ 5sec
3 Melissa Bury Champion Systems/Maxgear @ 22sec
4 Vicky Annis VC Bradford
5 Rachel Armitage London Dynamo
6 Alice Miller Look Mum No Hands
7 Frances White Champion Systems/Maxgear
8 Liz Waterhouse University of Manchester
9 Nikola Butler Vivelo-Bikes/Inverse Cyclaim RT
10 Hayley Edwards Champion Systems/Maxgear
11 Nicky Shaw Dinnington RC
12 Eve Dixon Champion Systems/Maxgear
13 Lisa Daly Sportscity Velo
14 Rebecca Heath VC St Raphael
15 Catherine Wiggins Liverpool Mercury (Dolan) CC
16 Phoebe Snedden Mulebar Girl
17 Vanessa Whitfield Saddleworth Clarion
18 Claire Rutherford Vivelo-Bikes/Inverse Cyclaim RT at 1 lap
19 Victoria Hood Team Swift at 3 laps
20 Jenny Brown Rochdale Triathlon Club
21 Clara Sandelind University of Sheffield at 4 laps
22 Danielle Ramsey Private Member
4th Cat Men:
1 Robert Lockhart Cyclesport International RT 51:56:00
2 Philip Turton Yorkshire RC
3 Luke Dabbs University of Manchester CC
4 Keiren Murphy Army Cycling Union
5 Andrew Webster High Peak Cycles RT
6 David Morris Harrogate Nova CC
7 Colin Hodgson St Helens CRC/D. Sparrow Plumbing
8 Jonathon Caldwell Private Member
9 Roberto Conte Private Member
10 Jonathan Woodhouse Wakefield CC
11 Joe Bennett Warrington RC
12 David Beachill Huddersfield RC
13 Daniel Chaffer Chorlton Velo
14 Neil O'Brien Manchester Triathlon Club
15 Richard Crabtree Pedalsport Cycling Club
16 Philip Garton-Pope Liverpool Century CC
17 Andrew McLeod Lancashire RC
18 Andrew Adshead Manchester Wheelers Club at 1 lap
19 Jerome Jacob University of Sheffield CC at 2 laps
20 Anthony Eaton Manchester Wheelers Club
21 Mark Brewer Private Member
22 Joe Hinchcliffe BBM Revolution Cycling Club
23 Basil Adamo Sheffrec CC
24 Anthony Weston Liverpool Century CC at 3 laps
25 Paul Gordon Private Member at 6 laps
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.