Ken Wright Memorial Road Race
Location: Peldon Village Hall, Peldon
Event: 21 April 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photo: Martin Orpen
Lloyd Chapman continued his good form with a win in the Ken Wright Memorial Road Race in Peldon on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Glendene CC racer has racked up a number of wins so far this season and he took another here in excellent conditions.
Toby Parnell of Cambridge CC managed to take a 30 second lead in the race before being reeled back in by the pack.
The leaders worked hard but nobody else managed to open a gap or stay away from the bunch and as the finish line approached, a sprint broke out which Chapman won just ahead of Douglas Coleman (CC Luton) and Wayne Crombie (East London Velo).
With high winds recorded throughout the week on the circuit, it was a relief for most riders when the wind was only 3kmh and the sun was out at the start of the 67-mile race.
Speaking after the race, Lloyd said: “I gave up my job in October and became a full-time athlete and it’s going well.
“I know how to train and I’ve been working hard at it, I’ve had a few little setbacks but nothing major.
“Ken was good friend of someone at the club and they asked me to win it for him although to be honest I put a lot of pressure on myself anyway.
“I didn’t feel too good at the start of the race but then a few laps in I started to feel strong. I stayed with a few riders at the front who were a bit tasty and just managed to pull away at the end.”
1 Lloyd Chapman (Glendene CC) 2:55:32
2 Douglas Coleman (CC Luton)
3 Wayne Crombie (East London Velo) all @ same time
4 Vince Devine (Finchley RT) @ 2sec
5 Philip Hetzel (Ipswich VC) @ 20sec
6 Colin Ward (Essex Roads CC)
7 Lubomir Belak (St Ives CC)
8 Gray Turnock (Finsbury Park CC)
9 Trevor Ormes (Velo Shields Inter-bike RT)
10 Colin Bailey (North Road CC) all @ same time
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