Location: Knockburn Loch, Aberdeenshire
Event: 17 March 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Former national under-23 champion Ben Greenwood (Vanillabikes.com) showed his rivals a clean pair of wheels as he powered to a decisive victory in Granite City RT’s ADCA Dick Longdragon Memorial Road Race in Aberdeenshire.
Now based in Dalgaty, Fife, 27-year-old Greenwood was nearly two minutes clear of his closest challenger after riding the last 30 of the 130 kilometres on the Knockburn Loch course on his own – Jordon Stokes (PedalPower Endura Forma) edging out team-mate Gary Hand for second place in a sprint contested by six riders.
“It was a really good race – I’ve never ridden that far north before and it was beautiful,” said Greenwood, who experienced a first on a pre-race recce of the course when two deer ran out in front of him.
“I was in a break of four for the first half of the race, and when a group of eight got across to us, a Velo Ecosse rider attacked immediately and I went with him. I kept dropping him and waiting, but eventually his legs went and I had to do it by myself. I rode the last 30 kilometres as a time trial.
“I live in Scotland now, and I’m looking forward to the Premier Calendar and the Tour Doon Hame on Scottish turf.”
1 Ben Greenwood (Vanillabikes.com) 3-16-30
2 Jordon Stokes (PedalPower Endura Forme) at 1-57
3 Gary Hand (PedalPower Endura Forme)
4 Craig Adams (GJS Racing Team)
5 Craig Wallace (Granite City RT)
6 Robert Freil (XCracer.com)
7 Richard Semple (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) all same time
8 Mathew McDonald (Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers) at 2-07
9 Kenny Riddle (Moray Firth CC) at 2-11
10 David Lines (PedalPower Endura Forme) at 2-35
11 Michael Henderson (Moray Firth CC)
12 Ewan McDougall (Elgin CC)
13 Stuart McGregor (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) all same time
14 Tom Amstein (Spokes RT) at 2-50
15 David Griffiths (Glasgow Wh) at 3-05
16 Neil Taylor (Edinburgh RC)
17 Tim Blathwayt (VC Edinburgh) both same time
18 Andrew Cox (TheBicycleWorks.com) at 5-02
19 Veli Raikkonen (Granite City RT)
20 Graham McGarrity (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) both same time
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.