Road: Friend eases to Yorkshire win

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Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Event: 1 April 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports

Node 4 Giodana rider Kieran Friend rode to an impressive victory in the Dirt Wheels Spring Classic on the Penny Pot circuit north of Harrogate in Yorkshire on Sunday.

Friend, who also claimed victory at Darley Moor on Saturday, was in all the moves until he eventually broke clear with RST Trigon Rider Matt Sumpton with 2 laps to go.

Sensing that the bunch would catch the duo the Node 4 Giodana rider attacked on Penny Pot Lane and rode solo for three quarters of a lap to win by just over a minute from Sumpton who too kept clear from the chasing bunch.

Local rider Tom Barras claimed 3rd place much to the delight of Dad, Sid who was there supporting the Metaltek Scott rider. The remaining riders came over the line in small groups as the circuit made for some tough racing.

The 3/4 Regional B race saw Roy Sumner of Port Sun Light Wheelers CC going solo for 2 laps but was unfortunately caught by the bunch. The final climb saw Sheffrec CC rider James Allen ride clear of the bunch to claim the win. David Morris, Harrogate Nova CC and Simon Maudsley of RVO Racing rounded off the top 3.


1 Kieran Friend Node 4 Giodana
2 Matt Sumpton RST Trigon @ 1:01
3 Tom Barras Metaltek Scott @ 1:32
4 Gunnar Gronlund RST Trigon
5 Jamie Caldwell Cycle Premier – Kovert
6 Matt Higgins Node 4 Giodana
7 James Sampson Node 4 Giodana
8 Adam Duggleby Sportscover Altura RT
9 Colin Humphrey Sportscover Altura RT @ 1:45
10 Jamie Shirlow Herbalife Leisure Lakes @ 2:59
11 David Shackleton Wilsons Wheels RT
12 Matthew Robinson All Terrain Cycles
13 Rob Sharman Sportscover Altura RT
14 John Tanner Sportscover Altura RT
15 Karl Denton
16 Jamie Burgan Langsett Cycles
17 Joes Moses Sportscover Altura RT
18 Daniel Storey RST Trigon
19 Ashley Brown Sportscover Altura RT
20 Jack Cutsforth Herbalife Leisure Lakes @ 4:07

1 James Allen Sheffrec CC
2 David Morris Harrogate Nova CC
3 Simon Maudsley RVO Racing
4 Will Staveley Ferry Hill Wheelers CC
5 Adrian Rudd JD Cycles
6 Paul Bennett Team Hope Factory Racing
7 Richard Binks Clay Cross RT
8 Darren Bendelow Clifton CC
9 James Rushton Aire Valley Cycles
10 Phillip Turton Yorkshire RC

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.