Velo Club Beverley Summer Road Race
Location: Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire
Event: 29 July 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Sunday saw VC Beverley host their third annual Summer Road Race and it was Clifton CC’s Darren Bendelow who took a good win.
The race started in fine conditions with a stiff westerly breeze blunting attacks on the long uphill drag from Walkington to High Hunsley.
Despite plentiful digs off the front, the bunch stayed together for the opening few laps until Darren Bendelow and a fellow Clifton CC rider got a gap that had built to 30 seconds by the bell lap.
Further attacks within the bunch started to erode the gap to the leaders on the final ascent, and as the two Clifton riders started the fast run in from High Hunsley they had a mere 20 seconds in hand, with the bunch chasing hard behind.
The final sharp kick up before the finish line helped the chasers reel in the two leaders, but Bendelow stayed clear and took a hard-earned win just ahead of the bunch.
1 Darren Bendelow (Clifton CC)
2 Paul McDonald (Slipstream)
3 Jason Livesey (Dirtwheels Cycles)
4 Damian Elvington (Nathan’s Flyers)
5 Mark Jacobi (Peak Road Club)
6 Thomas Sutton (We Love Mountains)
7 Paul Drop (Wilsons Wheels)
8 John Askew (Active CP Cycles)
9 Jacob Trotter (Squadra)
10 Sean Newbould (Featherstone 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.