Road: Holmes first as Raleigh score one-two in CDNW

Road: Holmes first as Raleigh score one-two in CDNW

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Location: Doveholes, Derbyshire
Event: 2 June 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports

Matthew Holmes headed up a one-two for Raleigh as he and team-mate Graham Briggs dominated the field in round eight CDNW Road Race League.

The Wigan teenager made a break early on before Declan Byrne (MG Maxifuel) pushed on to chase him on the second lap.

The second Raleigh, that of 29-year-old Doncaster rider Briggs, caught up with Byrne and in turn they both bridged across to Holmes.

On the third lap, the Raleigh team made their move and managed to drop Byrne and set about opening up a gap out in front.

With four laps to go, Holmes and Briggs had built up a lead of 30 seconds and were working together on a tough course with some difficult climbs.

The intensity of the course made the field weary and it broke the race up by quite a margin but Holmes and Briggs continued to work and pulled further away.

By the time they crossed the line, they were 52 seconds in front of Byrne who had maintained his position and still had a healthy lead over Matt Pilkington (Metaltek - Knights of Old Racing Team) in fourth.

Speaking after the race, second placed Graham Briggs said: “Even when we had a lead of a minute, we were checking over our shoulders as we could see most of the course which made it a bit easier.

The course was really hilly – we rode 2,000 metres in two-and-a-half hours. There was a steep climb through the finish and another round the back of the course and it really split the field.”


Category E/1/2/3 (90 kms / 02:32:08):
1 Matthew Holmes Raleigh
2 Graham Briggs Raleigh @same time
3 Declan Byrne MG Maxifuel @52 sec
4 Matt Pilkington Metaltek - Knights of Old Racing Team @2:15
5 Martin Ford Herbalife-Leisure Lakes @same time
6 Gabriel Cullaigh RST Racing Team @same time
7 James Shaw Forme Bikes UK @same time
8 Adam Kenwax Team Zenith @same time
9 Andrew Feather Exeter Wheelers @3:22
10 Adam Duggleby Wheelbase Altura MGD @3:22
11Michael Ashurst BikeTreks @3:28
12 Levi Moody RST Racing Team @3:35
13 Dillon Byrne Champion System/Maxgear/Base @4:58
14 Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD @6:42
15 Alastair Kay Herbalife-Leisure Lakes @7:28
16 James Sampson Herbalife-Leisure Lakes @8:26
17 Joe Kirkham Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialized-Trant-Next-Elliott's @10:42
18 William Corden Lyme RC @12:20
19 Alex Jones 4 Star Racing @same time
20 Andy Leigh Velocity WD-40 @same time
21 Rob Smail Metaltek - Knights of Old Racing Team @same time
22 Stephen Smith Champion System/Maxgear/Base @same time
23 Luke Beswick Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles @22:34
24 Callum Lister Cotswold Veldrijden @30:05

Category 3/4/W (65 kms/01:57:13):
1 Harry Shackleton Team Elite
2 Kristian Zentek Team Leapfrog @7 sec
3 Ben Gillespie Saddleworth Clarion @17 sec
4 Bhima Bowden Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles @1:39
5 Martyn Gordon Champion System/Maxgear/Base @1:41
6 Mark Tickle Leigh Premier RC @1:43
7 Aaron Handley Bike Box Alan @1:50
8 Christian Smith Manchester Whlrs Club @1:52
9 Luke Douglas Chorlton Velo @1:54
10 Joseph Robinson Wills Wheels Cycling Club @3:19
11 Robert Richardson Biketreks Racing Academy@same time
12 Joshua Vincent (Unattached)@3:33
13 John Bamford Team Leapfrog @3:38
14 Alex McNicol Congleton CC @4:51
15 Billy Sewart Team Leapfrog @5:58
16 Darius Satongar Mancester Wheelers Club @8:28
17 Zack Williamson Mossley CRT@8:32
18 Fred Bamforth Private member @8:37
19 James Bailey Congleton CC @8:50
20 Ivan Vukomanovic Cycle Sport International @8:53
21 Rob Wilkinson Oldham Century RC (Unattached) @9:17
22 Jonathan Rooke Wills Wheels Cycling Club @9:33
23 Adam Blakeley Team Leapfrog @10:12
24 Ben Creed Wills Wheels Cycling Club@ same time
25 Gregory Carr Team De ver @12:48
26 Joanne Blakeley Champion System/Maxgear/Base @13:25
27 Steven Allcock Team V-Sprint Racing @13:34
28 Campbell West (Unattacthed) @13:45
29 Paul Rafferty (Unattached) @35:00

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