Army CU Road Race
Location: Dishforth, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Event: 23 September 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Clinching a move up to second category, Jason Livesey (Dirtwheels Cycles) ended the season in style with victory in the 57-mile Army CU promotion in North Yorkshire.
Some 35 riders contested the finish after five laps of a circuit based on Dishforth with 41-year-old Livesey holding off locally-based Steven Baker (Army CU) and Craig Stephenson (Sunderland Clarion) on the line to secure his first-ever win.
“I’m well chuffed – it’s been a long time coming,” said the winner, from Silsden in West Yorkshire. “I’ve been trying for a long while and it’s my last race of the season.
“I’ve got enough points now to go up to second category which is what i wanted to do at the start of the season. I’ve been with a new team this year and it’s been really enjoyable.”
An early break was brought back inside the last two laps and, in dry but quite windy conditions, the bunch stayed together until the final sprint.
“I went from a bit further out than I wanted to, I’d planned the point where I was going to go but someone went early so I jumped on his wheel and carried on from there,” said Livesey. “I had just enough in me to hang on – it was a really enjoyable race and well run.”
1 Jason Livesey (Dirtwheels Cycles) 1-50-00
2 Steven Baker (Army CU)
3 Craig Stephenson (Sunderland Clarion)
4 Martin Axon (Velo 29)
5 Paul Lehan (Harrogate Nova CC)
6 Ian Beveridge (Sunderland Clarion)
7 Joshua Cutler (RST Racing)
8 Mike Warden (Harrogate Nova CC)
9 Alistair Young (Gosforth RC)
10 Cameron Brooks (Clifton CC) all same time
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