Road: Ward wins Sloan Trophy

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Location: Stamfordham, Northumberland
Event: 21 April 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports


The 2013 edition of the Sloan Trophy Road Race promoted by Gosforth Road Club was held in blustery but dry conditions on a testing circuit based on Stamfordham, Northumberland.

An early break of four riders in which Adam Robertson of Blumilk was prominent could not establish a significant gap, and it was not until the fourth of the five 14 mile laps that a decisive move took place.

The race stretched and fragmented in the strong winds in the latter stages and it was 33-year-old Sam Ward of Dirtwheels Cycles who was able to ride off the front of a small group to take a fine solo victory.

Sam said after the race: “It was quite a good race but windy. I don’t race over long distances very often, so on the last lap, I decided to have a dig and by that point the leaders were suffering quite a bit I think so I took a risk and it worked out.

Normally take a risk “I do normally take risks earlier on but I stayed in the bunch today, which helped shield me from the wind and then with maybe ten miles to go I thought I’d make a move. I think I finished with about 15 seconds on second place? I’m not sure but it was quite a good gap.”

Results:

1 Sam Ward Dirtwheels Cycles
2 Richard Jones Achieve-Skinnergate Racing
3 Michael Sloanes Sunderland Clarion CC
4 Edward Ashby Private Member
5 Jordan Hargreaves Team Hope Factory Racing
6 Richard Garrett Velo Club Edinburgh
7 Matty Cooper Achieve-Skinnergate Racing
8 Dominic Hines Velo Club Edinburgh
9 Stephen Gibson Peak Road Club
10 Andrew Beattie Infinity Cycles
11 Richard Bickley Border City Wheelers
12 David Hopper Derwentside CC
13 Neil Souter Cestria Cycles RT
14 Jordan Matthews Adept Precision RT
15 Chris Herbert Infinity Cycles

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