Location: Great Saling, Essex
Event: 8 July 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Junior Heffernan secured victory in the Glendene CC Summer Road Classic in Essex on Sunday, crossing the line alone at the end of the testing 88-mile race at Great Saling.
The 22-year-old from Yelverton in Devon, who rides for the One and All Cycling/Bike Chain Ricci team, was 41 seconds ahead of his nearest rival at the end of the race, Colin Parry (Wilier-Live2Ride) taking second spot by just one second.
Lydney-based 34-year-old Parry held off Ilford’s Joe Perrett (Ciclos Uno) for second, while CC Luton’s James Fox just missed out on a podium finish, two seconds behind Perrett.
The remains of the bunch trailed in more than a minute behind, but the high pace had forced them to splinter and cross the line in small groups with the final finishers more than five minutes behind Heffernan.
Heffernan’s victory comes after a spell of good form from the youngster.
He took victory in The Only Way is Up Hill Climb Road Race on June 23 against elite opposition, and was third in round four of the Team Tor 2000 Circuit Series on June 28, where the only riders to beat him were two of the best riders in the country – Marcin Bialoblocki (Node 4-Giordana) and James Williams (Primal Europe).
1 Junior Heffernan One and All Cycling @ 3 hours 23 mins
2 Colin Parry Wilier/Live to Ride @ 41 secs
3 Joseph Perrett Ciclos Uno @ 42 secs
4 James Fox CC Luton @ 44 secs
5 Alex Higham Felt-Colbornes RT @ 1 min 18 secs
6 Martin Ford In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp Racing Team @ 1 min 26 secs
7 Owen Lake Cambridge CC
8 Mike Wragg Team Milton Keynes @ 1 min 40 secs
9 Paul Londors Spin-Rotor Racing Team @ 1 min 48 secs
10 Tom Fitzpatrick Strada-Sport @ 2 mins 17 secs
11 Mike Jackson CC Luton
12 Jason White Metaltek - Scott @ 2 mins 34 secs
13 Jamie Scott Spin-Rotor Racing Team @ 2 mins 35 secs
14 Liam Gentry Strada-Sport
15 Billy-Joe Whenman Team Hope Factory Racing
16 Phillip Borrett Primal Europe @ 2 mins 37 secs
17 Daniel Young Glendene CC
18 Joshua Green Glendene CC @ 3 mins
19 Steven Griffiths Pro Cycle Hire UK Racing Team
20 Michael Auger Strada-Sport
21 Ian Franklin Pro Cycle Hire UK Racing Team
22 Roger Maidment East London Velo
23 Benjamin Brown Cycling Club Hackney @ 3 mins 1 sec
24 David Palmer Spin-Rotor Racing Team
25 Gonzalo Rodriguez East London Velo @ 3 mins 3 secs
26 Andy Lyons Twenty3c.co.uk Orbea @ 3 mins 17 secs
27 Andrew Griffiths Team IG - Sigma Sport @ 5 mins
28 Simon Gaywood Team IG - Sigma Sport
29 Frank Rawlins North Road CC @ 1 lap
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.