Tony Gibb produced another storming sprint to win the Archer RC Spring Criterium for the second consecutive year. With the bunch still all together Gibb pulled clear with 300 metres to go, crossing the line well adrift.
On what had been the best day of the year so far a large field assembled for the 38 lap race at the Hillingdon Cycle Centre.
With such a large entry the race did not really split up too much as several riders tried to distance themselves from the rest.
The first to show and continue to attack was Chris Morrison (London Dynamo). He tried on several occasions to get away either on his own or with someone else but on each time the bunch pulled them back.
The most anyone got clear of the bunch was a handful of seconds but never enough to make it stick.
So at the end of 38 entertaining laps it all came down to the last few hundred meters, with Tony the strongest.
The morning’s racing got underway with racing for fourth cat riders and all though the race stayed together for most of the hours racing the finish sprint was a one team dominance.
The three riders from LBRCC-Solgar, Matt Rushton, Tim Edwins and Stuart King completed a 1-2-3 right on the line.
1 Tony Gibb PM
2 Tony Lock Nuun-YB London
3 Will Fox Metaltek/ Knights of Old
4 Vincent Halpern Handsling Racing
5 Gray Turnock Finsbury Park CC
6 Stephen Bradbury CT Tomaco
7 Cameron Balfour Team AX
8 Dan Gardner Team ASL 360
9 Gareth Dixon Farnborough and Camberley CC
10 Grant Bayton Ride 24/7
1 Matt Rushton LBRCC
2 Tim Edwins LBRCC
3 Stuart King LBRCC
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