Location: Challock, Kent
Event: 8 April 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Junior Alex Peters (Mosquito Bikes) came out of the pack to win a wet and cold Toachim House Grand Prix, the 130-km fifth round of the SERRL Summer Series, in Kent.
An early four-man break, which was never allowed to gain much more than 45 seconds over the bunch, was left to dangle off the front until the rest of the field decided it was time to bring them back with two of the six full laps to go.
The peloton was all together turning on to the finishing hill midway round the seventh lap, and as the race strung out behind him, Peters pushed hard from the front to take a narrow win ahead of David Mclean (Team Meridiana Karmen) with a small gap to Sam Parker (Zappi’s Pro Cycling) in third.
“The hill took me by surprise, it was longer and steeper than I thought, but it suited me,” said the 18-year-old winner, from Stoke Newington, North London. “I was in a nice position at the bottom and just climbed it as hard as I could.
“It was quite hard going today, the peloton was attacking and then slowing all race. i didn’t feel up for riding off the front in the cold so I thought I’d sit in and wait which helped me a lot.”
Next stop for Peters is the Junior Tour of the Mendips, the second round of the National Junior Series, this coming weekend when he hopes to improve on his 14th place in the Cadence opener two weeks ago when he was ill for the race.
1 Alex Peters (Mosquito Bikes)
2 David Mclean (Team Meridiana Karmen)
3 Sam Parker (Zappi’s Pro Cycling)
4 Robert McCarthy (Pedal Heaven RT)
5 Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles)
6 Conall Yates (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp)
7 William Fox (Zappi’s Pro Cycling)
8 Owen Lake (Cambridge CC)
9 Jason White (Metaltek Scott RT)
10 Ian Taylor (Adept Precision RT)
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.