Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Event: 8 April 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Infrequent roadman David Watson (Coventry Road Club) showed his time trialling strength to ride to a clear victory in Wolverhampton Wheelers’ 50-mile Two Counties Road Race at Bridgnorth.
The 42-year-old Coventry veteran broke away from the pack shortly after half-distance in the three-lap race and was never seen again, finishing over a minute ahead of Mark Hammond (Stourbridge Velo) to record his first road race win in five years.
Hammond in turn attacked on the last lap to finish a clear second, with Dean Parkes (Team iOptix.ci.uk) opening up a small gap over the rest on the run to the line to secure third place.
The circuit, based on Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and dropping into the Severn Valley before climbing back out, will be used for next month’s regional championship.
1 David Watson (Coventry Road Club) 2:09:10
2 Mark Hammond (Stourbridge Velo) at 1:02
3 Dean Parks (TeamiOptix.co.uk) at 1:07
4 James Phillips (Severn RC) at 1:15
5 Lee Buckley (Halesowen A&CC)
6 Roy Sumner (Port Sunlight Wheelers)
7 George Rowlands (Mid Shropshire Wheelers)
8 Stuart Griffiths (Climb On Bikes)
9 Michael Lawton (Team Tri A Sport)
10 Chris Southworth (Leigh Premier 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.