Capernwray Road Race
Location: Aughton, Lancashire
Event: 6-7 May 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
James Dunlop (Biketreks) sprinted to victory at the end of the Capernwray Road Race in Lancashire on Sunday, an 80 kilometre race based around the sun-drenched village of Aughton.
The 20-year-old held off Maxgear rival Michael Ashurst for the win, while Sam Peddar (Base2Race) completed the podium in third spot.
There was a fast start with most of the full field willing to try their luck but for a lap and a half the race stayed together, with no one willing to let any rider gain any time. The third time up Sunny Bank there was a split in the field with a dozen riders gaining about 20 seconds, but with the peloton chasing furiously it was never going to stick.
With two laps to go Jimmy Froggatt (Wills Wheels) turned the clock back two or three years and pushed a huge gear to open up a 50-second gap and was still hanging in there at the start of the last lap.
However, he was reeled back in halfway round the last lap, so it was all down to who climbed Sunny Bank best and probably the two strongest riders in the race, Dunlop and Ashurst, who sprinted it out with Dunlop easing away to win fairly comfortably.
1 James Dunlop (Biketreks) 80km in 2:02:00
2 Michael Ashurst (Maxgear)
3 Sam Pedder (Base2Race)
4 Steven Guymer (Active RT)
5 Karl Denton (Bluemilk)
6 Stephen Smith (Vita RT)
7 Stuart Pecival (GB Fire Service)
8 Jon Cregeen (Biketreks)
9 Steve Fidler (Team Elite)
10 Lee Baldwin (Buxton 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.