Location: Birdsedge, Huddersfield
Event: 3 June 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Out in front from the second lap, Nick Coupland (We Love Mountains RT) outsprinted breakaway companion Jonathan Wolff (Sheffrec CC) to win Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ Eric Biddulph Memorial road race in West Yorkshire.
Cold, wet and windy conditions prompted the organisers to cut the distance from eight to seven laps of the Birdsedge circuit, a distance of 40 miles, and there were no complaints as the weather took its toll on the field.
The two principals made their escape with six laps to go and were never headed, eventually finishing 45 seconds clear of 15 chasers with 34-year-old Coupland, from Brough, in East Yorkshire, coming out on top to register his first win of the season after a previous second and a third.
1 Nick Coupland (We Love Mountains RT)
2 Jonathan Wolff (Sheffrec CC)
3 Simon Maudsley (RVO Racing)
4 Alex Orrell-Turner (VS Cycles)
5 Colin Hill (Rock Racing)
6 Andrew Shaw (Dinningtton RC)
7 Darren Bendelow (Clifton CC)
8 Adam Theaker (Achievecyclecoaching.co.uk)
9 Paul Rymer (Wilsons Wheels)
10 Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax)
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.