Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire
Event: 25 August 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Shaun Pearson led the way in round 16 of the CDNW Road Race League in Ormskirk on Saturday.
Pearson sat in the bunch to gauge the fitness of the other riders before working hard to help open a gap of 30 seconds up with half the race gone.
Then, with 800 metres left, he made his move just before the final drag to take the win. The 39-year-old Ribble Valley CRC rider beat VC St Raphael’s Fred Bamforth into second place and Simon Deeley of High on Bikes RT came third.
Pearson said: “It was nice to win - you don’t win that many because it’s such a hard sport. I’d not won a race since 2004 and so it was really good to take this.
“I didn’t know much about the other riders so when there were people taking off and getting caught again, I decided to just sit in the bunch and try and work out who was in shape.
“But then I did a lot of work in opening up the gap and then it was a case of just tapping through. With a mile and a half to go, someone made the move but I managed to catch them and then with 800 metres left I decided it was time to push. It was quite comfortable in the end, I could have raised my arms but I just cruised through.”
1 Shaun Pearson (Ribble Valley CRC)
2 Fred Bamforth (VC St Raphael)
3 Simon Deeley (High on Bikes RT)
4 Duncan Mclaren (Stockport Clarion CC)
5 Spencer Coltman (Southport CC)
6 Jordan Rigby (Team Wallis CHH Racing Team)
7 John Guy (High on Bikes RT)
8 David Shields (Independent)
9 Geoff Burgess (Stockport Clarion CC)
10 Eve Dixon (Maxgear RT)
11 John Agnew (LUNE RCC)
12 Kevin Ainsworth (NLRC)
13 Rob Wilkinson (Oldham Century)
14 Alex Jones (Clwb Rasio Mona)
15 Darren Young (GB Fire Service)
16 John Clegg (Ribble Valley CRC)
17 Justin Dowling (Stockport Clarion)
18 Kevin McCann (Liverpool Century)
19 Clayton Howard (Southport CC)
20 John Bamford (Lancashire Road Club)
21 Simon Myerscough (Ribble Valley CRC)
22 Chris Danby (Preston C)
23 Peter Ware (St Helens CRC)
24 Michael Jones (Warrington RC)
25 Adam Sant (St Helens CRC)
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.