Road: Orr wins History of Sport RR

Road: Orr wins History of Sport RR

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Location: Mentmore, Buckinghamshire
Event: 6 October 2012
Report: Craig Nelson /Snowdon Sports


In-form Velo 29 rider Robert Orr secured victory in the History of Sport Road Race, promoted by Leighton Buzzard Road Club in Buckinghamshire on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Leicestershire-based rider sprinted to victory ahead of his nearest rival by around a hundred yards at the end of the 50-mile race, run off over 12 laps of a circuit around Mentmore.

Orr’s victory comes after a string of good performances last month. He rode in the UCI 2.2-ranked Tour of Bulgaria, and secured second and third places in the Leicester Forest CC Road Race and Solihull CC Reg Pee Memorial respectively a fortnight ago.

Once the 51 riders had left the neutral zone in Ledburn the race was on. Immediately a couple of riders went on the attack getting a few seconds on the rest of the field. Over the next couple of laps a group of riders bridged the gap and there was eight riders away steadily increasing the time between them and the rest of the group.

The group of eight riders worked well together to maintain a consistent gap and managed to stay away for the majority of the first half of the race. By lap six the group had a comfortable lead of 1:15 on the rest of the field.

By lap four the main group started working together to bring the time down to 56 seconds. At this point it was evident that if the group could maintain the pressure they would bridge the gap. By lap three the gap had reduced to 40 seconds and the break was now very much in sight.

By the time the second lap came the break was all but caught, however two riders in the break, Robert Orr and Justin Belcher (Banbury Star) pilled on the pressure and got away from the remainder of the break and the fast approaching group.

Once the final bell had sounded Orr and Belcher had a comfortable gap and only had to hang on for the final 4.17 miles. The rest of the group was now together and it was sure to be a sprint finish for third spot onwards.

Orr and Belcher turned the final corner and only had 600metres to the finish line, Orr stole a couple of bike lengths off Belcher in the final sprint and took and excellent win crossing the line with both arms raised, Belcher finishing in a well-earned 2nd place and 1m 16s up on the main field.

As the main group turned the final corner the sprint was on, David Palmer of Spin Rotor Racing put in an impressive sprint with Mike Twelves of Team Jewson/Thule hot on his wheel to take third and fourth spot and Greg Pain of Team Arbis LLP to take fifth. The rest of the field sprinted across the line to take the remaining points in a brilliant display of road racing.

Leighton Buzzard Road Cycling Club would like to thank all riders for a safe but entertaining race and all marshals and helpers for their time without which the event would not have happened.


Results:

Position

Name

Club

Points

1

Robert Orr

Velo29-otr-vanru

30

2

Justin Belcher

Banbury Star

25

3

David Palmer

Spin Rotor Racing

21

4

Mike Twelves

Team Jewson/Thule Kinesis

17

5

Greg Pain

Team Arbis LLP/Roy Pink Cycles

14

6

Simon Cannings

Twenty3c

12

7

Robert Fletcher

Team Arbis LLP/Roy Pink Cycles

10

8

Douglas Colman

CC Luton

8

9

Roger Prior

Zappi’s Cycling Club

7

10

Richard John

Spirit Racing Team

6

11

James Norris

High Wycombe Racing Team

5

12

Jozef Metelka

Zappi’s Cycling Club

4

13

Lubomir Belak

Welwyn Wheelers CC

3

14

Edward Ashby

Unattached

2

15

Jeremy Honor

Twenty3c

1

16

Paul Carr

Corley Cycles

17

Luke Souter

Banbury Star

18

Matthew Exley

Team Milton Keynes

19

Glenn Menamin

Twenty3c

20

Oliver Glackin

21

Neil Heffernan

Vivelo-Bike/Inverse Cyclaim RT

22

Thomas Kirk

Zappi’s Cycling Club

23

H Christian Rudolf

De Laune CC

24

Lindz Barral

Twenty3c

26

Michael Skipsey

Welwyn Wheelers CC

26

Russell Rowles

Spirit Racing Team

27

Richard Golding

Twenty3c

28

Andy Mckay

Zappi’s Cycling Club

29

Jason Stuart

Cycling Club Ashwell

30

Ben Homa

Beeline Racing Team

31

Richard Stanton

Team Arbis LLP/Roy Pink Cycles

32

John Hardwick

Kettering CC

33

Stuart Seargent

Team Arbis LLP/Roy Pink Cycles

34

William Jenkins

Spirit Racing Team

35

Matthew Barker

Team quest – The bike shop

36

John Peters

CC Luton

37

Mark Jarvis

Python Racing Team

38

Neil Wass

Anders Electronics/TMG Horizon

39

Julian Thrasher

LBRCC

+ 1lap

40

Karl Read-Simpson

Team Arbis LLP/Roy Pink Cycles

+ 1lap

41

Thomas Jamison

Unattached

+ 1lap

42

Neil Bradbrook

LBRCC

+ 1lap

43

Joel Lewis

Kettering CC

DNF Mechanical/other

44

Keith Richardson

Mildenhall CC

DNF Mechanical/other

45

Andrew Stevenson

Vivelo-Bike/Inverse Cyclaim RT

DNF Mechanical/other

46

David Price

Twenty3c

DNF Mechanical/other

47

Daryl Green

Vivelo-Bike/Inverse Cyclaim RT

DNF Mechanical/other

48

Cameron Foster

Zappi’s Cycling Club

DNF Mechanical/other

49

Stuart Tillbrook

LBRCC

DNF Mechanical/other    

50

Tim Edwins

LBRCC

DNF Mechanical/other    

51

Jason Lazard

Twenty3c

DNF Crash

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