Road: Croft makes it three in Devon race

Road: Croft makes it three in Devon race

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Location: South Molton, Devon
Event: 12 May 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports


Recording his third win in a blossoming debut season, Calum Croft (Mud Sweat n Gears) proved the strongest of a leading group of nine riders on the finishing climb to take victory in Taw Velo’s 44-mile road race over six rain-soaked laps of the Stags Head circuit in Devon.

The weather and the testing nature of the circuit, containing two stiff climbs on each lap, soon took a toll on the 77-strong field with the leading group coming together on the second lap and steadily pulling away from the rest.

With no danger from behind, the leaders called a truce on the last lap until exploding into action at the foot of the climb to the line where Croft took the verdict ahead of 17-year-old junior Scott Gurnett (Minehead CC) and Steve Ferguson (Certini).

“It’s going great,” said 24-year-old Croft, from Bridport in Dorset. “Obviously things get tough, but I feel pretty happy with the way the results are going for me.

“I think I’m quite good at suffering – I’m quite big in stature so when it comes to the hills it gets difficult, and I’m really proud of today because I won going up a hill.

“My first target was just to get up to the next category, and now I’m realistically close to second category which I hope I can get in the next month or so.

“I’ve always cycled as a hobby, and I’ve enjoyed it so much that I decided to try my hand at racing.”

Results:

1 Calum Croft (Mud Sweat n Gears)
2 Scott Gurnett (Minehead CC)
3 Steve Ferguson (Certini)
4 Dean Robson ((Somerset RC)
5 Jamie Howard (Exeter Wheelers)
6 Sean Henderson (north Devon Wheelers)
7 Sam Dansie (Berwick Wheelers)
8 Will Harrison (Taw Velo)
9 Joel Kelly (Mid Devon CC)
10 Jason Poore (Mid Devon CC)
Junior: Scott Gurnett
Woman: Heidi Viles (Exeter Wheelers)


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