Northants CRA Spring Handicap Series
Location: Southwick, Northamptonshire
Event: 31 March 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Off-road specialists Ryan Henry and Richard Jones showed their road racing talents to fill the first two places in the final round of the Northants CRA Handicap Series at Southwick.
Both started in an expanded scratch group that worked well to bring the race together after four of the six five-mile laps, leading to a large bunch sprint which saw 32-year-old Henry (Rockingham Forest Wheelers), from Oakham, get the better of Northampton’s Jones (Numplumz Mountainbikers), 20, who had finished eight places in front of his rival in the elite race at the first round of the British National Mountain Bike Series six days earlier.
Former series winner Michael Cowland (St Ives CC) claimed third place ahead of Stephen Colbert (Renault Rotor Colbert RT), whose effort lifted him to third in the final overall standings behind winner Warren Drew (Rockingham Forest Wheelers), 41 and in his first season of road racing, and Tim Smith (Welland Valley CC).
The NCRA promoted its first handicap series in 1967 as a way of giving young and less experienced riders an introduction to road racing, and the aim remains the same. This year a four-man team competition has been introduced with Fenland Clarion CC A winning the Spring Series.
A second series of five races opens this coming Saturday, April 7, with a five-race midweek series beginning on June 7.
1 Ryan Henry (Rockingham Forest Wheelers) 1-20-09
2 Richard Jones (Numplumz Mountainbikers)
3 Michael Cowland (St Ives CC)
4 Stephen Colbert (Renault Rotor Colbert RT)
5 Tim Smith (Welland Valley CC)
6 Sam Crabtree (Welland Valley CC)
7 Matt Garfield (Fenland clarion CC)
8 Mark Warren (Fenland Clarion CC)
9 Ryan Machlachan (Loughborough Students CC)
10 Joe Clarke (Fenland 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.