Bedfordshire Road CC Great Barford Grand Prix
Location: Great Barford, Bedfordshire
Event: 16 September 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
All-rounder Simon Cannings (Twenty3c.co.uk-Orbea) proved strongest in an uphill sprint to win Beds Road CC’s 54.5-mile Great Barford GP road race over a new circuit in Bedfordshire.
The Milton Keynes 42-year-old, who competes in a mix of on and off road events across the year, got the better of 18-year-old junior Alex Anderson (Welwyn Wheelers) after five and three-quarter laps with third place going to under-23 Edward Watkiss (ICycle).
Robert Jones (Army CU took the first prime as the field stayed together until the fourth lap of the relatively flat circuit – well received by the riders - when Steve Torley (Twenty3c.co.uk-Orbea) clipped off the front and opened up a gap of 15 seconds over a group of four chasers with another ten seconds to the bunch.
Taking the second prime along the way, Torley was still holding a slender advantage at the bell, but the catch was inevitable and he was reeled back in before his team-mate Cannings took over to deliver the final kick.
1 Simon Cannings (Twenty3c.co.uk-Orbea) 2-14-00
2 Alex Anderson (Welwyn Wheelers)
3 Edward Watkiss (ICycle)
4 Sean Dines (Team Corley Cycles)
5 Jeremy Honor (Twenty3c.co.uk-Orbea)
6 Anthony Morris (CC Ashwell)
7 Paul Carr (Team Corley Cycles)
8 Chris Grange (Hemel Hempstead CC)
9 Dave Watson (Spirit RT)
10 Karl Weatherall (Hinckley CRC) all same time
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.