Location: Darley Moor Circuit, Derbyshire
Event: 22 April 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Completing a weekend double, in-form Blake Cowley (Clay Cross RT) made it five wins for the season with a sprint victory on the Darley Moor circuit at Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
The 22-year-old, from Newark, instigated the winning break, attacking just as an earlier move was brought back, and he went on to take the final sprint by half a wheel from Ben Ives (We love Mountains RT) who had finished third behind Cowley at Barkston Heath the previous day.
The leading group included Cowley’s team-mate Carl Dyson, who brought them back together and set up the sprint after Edward Pickard (Derby Mercury RC) opened up a gap going into the final lap.
“My legs were feeling a bit tired from the day before and it was close,” said Cowley, who rode the Tour Doon Hame over Easter.
“I’m racing a lot at the minute and riding near the front to get in breaks when I can.
“I waited for a bit today, there were a lot of early flurries, and I went just as one was pulled back. Two got across to me, then another three, and everyone worked really well.
“I’m trying to get as many results as I can, I have targets in my head. I want to get my first category by the end of next month if I can, although I won’t be disappointed if I don’t. I’ve never been in a team before and now i am, I think it’s proving a good thing.”
1 Blake Cowley (Clay Cross RT)
2 Ben Ives (We Love Mountains RT)
3 Tom Black (Cycle Premier)
4 Rob Orr (Velo 29)
5 Adam Kenway (Buzzcycles.co.uk)
6 Edward Pickard (Derby Mercury RC)
7 Carl Dyson (Clay Cross RT)
8 Richard Wilkinson (Logo 9 MBI RT)
9 Simon Alexander (Cycle Shack)
10 Ashley Proctor (Sportscover Altura 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.