Location: Quendon, Essex
Event: 3 March 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Second-category Doug Coleman (CC Luton) opened his season in style with victory in Crest CC’s 115-km road race over six laps of the Littlebury circuit.
It was a close-run thing as Coleman and second-placed Wayne Crombie (East London Velo) only made contact with long-time leaders Dean Parkes (Clay Cross RT) and Felix Barker (St Ives CC) inside the last 600 metres before proving the strongest on the climb to the finish.
“I just sprinted and didn’t look round,” said the 27-year-old winner, from Hemel Hempstead. “I think I had about 10 metres on them at the line.
“My aim for the season is to get my first category licence and just wins as many races as possible – this is a great start.
“We’ve got quite a strong team this season with four or five of us taking it seriously, and there’s a nice racing scene around where we are in the East Midlands.”
Parkes and Barker went clear from the start along with Colin Ward (Essex Roads CC) and Lloyd Chapman (Glendene CC) ,who both dropped off by the end of the fourth lap.
Chapman was able to latch on to a chasing six-man group which included Coleman – winner of the Last Chance Points Grabber at the end of last season - and Crombie, who ten attacked on the final lap and went away to bridge the gap to the two leaders just in time for the final shake-up.
1 Doug Coleman (CC Luton)
2 Wayne Crombie (East London Velo)
3 Dean Parkes (Clay Cross RT)
4 Felix Barker (St Ives CC)
5 Richard Price (London Phoenix CC)
6 Lloyd Chapman (Glendene CC)
7 Nick White (East London Velo)
8 Colin Ward (Essex Roads CC)
9 Stuart Pryce (Strada sport)
10 Ben Knapp (Dulwich Paragon CC)
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