Road: Host club win for scratchman Fletcher

Road: Host club win for scratchman Fletcher

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Location: Old, Northamptonshire
Event: 20 April 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photo: Karen Lewis

Scratchman Rob Fletcher proved fastest in a 40-up bunch sprint to give host club Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT victory in the penultimate round of the Northants CRA Late Spring Series over three laps of the 9.4-mile Old circuit.

A four-strong scratch group was asked to give 7-30 to the front of the race and they took the best part of a lap to close a gap of a minute to the group immediately in front of them.

Once there, the extra numbers proved invaluable and the gaps reduced steadily until the race came together with half a lap to go – junior Keira McVitty (Team Zenith-Buzzcycles) the last to be swept up.

Hans van Nierop (Welland Valley CC) launched a brave attack on the long airfield straight towards Lamport, holding off the charging bunch for a mile, but he was reeled back in to leave 42-year-old Fletcher, from Leighton Buzzard, to secure a maiden road race victory on the long uphill drag to the finish ahead of Steve Wood (Peterborough CC) and his own team-mate, Stephen Colbert.

Amelia Cambridge (VC Rutland) battled her way through the bunch to take tenth place as first woman.


1 Rob Fletcher (Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT)
2 Steve Wood (Peterborough CC)
3 Stephen Colbert (Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT)
4 James Moore (Welland Valley CC)
5 Marcus Partridge (VC Rutland)
6 Chris Palfreeman (45 Road Club)
7 Michael Cowland (St Ives CC)
8 John Ellis (Welland Valley CC)
9 Joel Lewis (Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT)
10 Amelia Cambridge (VC Rutland)

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