John & Dulcie Walker Road Races
Location: Great Milton, Oxfordshire
Event: 23 September 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Fresh from the Tour of Britain, Matt Cronshaw (Node 4 Giordana) battled through the cold and wet to chalk up his eighth win of the season in a curtailed John Walker Trophy Road Race in Oxfordshire.
Conditions were so poor on the Great Milton circuit that the race was reduced in distance from 75 to 45 miles, and the winning move came on the first of the two and three-quarter laps as a 12-man break went clear.
The race was over for the rest of the field, and the leaders opened up a big gap before North West Region champion Cronshaw, 23, put the hammer down in the closing stages and pulled away to a decisive win over Jamie Shirlaw (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes) and Matt Clarke (Halesowen A&CC).
The first race of the day on Willesden CC’s double bill, the Dulcie Walker Cup was also cut to 45 miles in anticipation of the deteriorating weather and ended in a bunch sprint won by Leighton Buzzard’s Richard Stanton ( Arbis LLP-Roy Pink Cycles) – the 38-year-old’s first road win in his fifth season of racing.
The race was marred by a crash in which Martin Porter (Thames Velo) suffered a suspected broken wrist and ribs.
1 Matt Cronshaw (Node4 Giordana)
2 Jamie Shirlaw (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes)
3 Matt Clarke (Halesowen A&CC)
4 Will Haynes (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes)
5 George Moore (Cycle Premier-Kovert)
6 Ben Ives (We Love Mountains)
7 Dominic Jelfs (Hennebont Cyclisme)
8 Luke Grivell-Mellor (Rapha Condor Sharp)
9 Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles)
10 Anthony Moye (Velo 29-OTR-Vankru)
1 Richard Stanton (Arbis LLP-Roy Pink Cycles)
2 Peter Giddings (Team Zappis)
3 Steve Torley (Twenty3c.co.uk-Orbea)
4 Sean Dines (Team Corley Cycles)
5 James Archibald (GS Henley)
6 Paul Caton (Anders Electronics-TMG Horizon)
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