Dick Longdragon Memorial Road Race
Location: Strachan, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Event: 29 June 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Former national under-23 champion Ben Greenwood (Team Hope Factory Racing) showed his class to secure his third road win of the season in Aberdeen Wheelers CC’s 65-mile Dick Longdragon Memorial event over eight laps of a circuit based on Strachan, west of Aberdeen.
Local Granite City RT riders Brian Duncan, Ali Watt, David Anderson and Veli-Matti Raikkonen tried various tactics to break up the field and form a break, but all to no avail before Greenwood picked up the pace on the last two laps – each containing a short, sharp climb – and, with Scott McCrossan (Rock To Roll Cycles), Craig Adams (GJS Cruise Racing), Jamie Kennedy (Paisley Velo RT), Lewis Oliphant (BC Private Member) and Chris Harney (VC Edinburgh) also driving the race along, began to string out the bunch.
The final action was played out on the tough, undulating four-mile run to the finish where 28-year-old Greenwood, from Glenrothes, Fife, eased away to a five-second win over McCrossan, with a further gap of four seconds to Adams in third place.
David Anderson (Granite City RT) led home a quartet sprinting for seventh place to take the Dick Longdragon Trophy for the first Aberdeen rider.
1 Ben Greenwood (Team Hope Factory Racing) 2-38-03
2 Scott McCrossan (Rock To Roll Cycles) at 5 sec
3 Craig Adams (GJS Cruise Racing) at 9 sec
4 Jamie Kennedy (Paisley Velo RT) at 19 sec
5 Lewis Oliphant (BC Private Member)
6 Chris Harney (VC Edinburgh) all same time
7 David Anderson (Granite City RT) at 24 sec
8 Steven Lawley (TheBicycleWorks.com) same time
9 Jack Barrett (Velocity 44 Stirling) at 26 sec
10 Brian Duncan (Granite City RT) at 28 sec
11 Stuart MacGregor (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) at 43 sec
12 Keith Robertson (Granite City RT) at 46 sec
13 Alister Watt (Granite City RT) at 1-31
14 Veli-Matti Raikkonen (Granite City RT) at 1-42
15 Craig Dale (TheBicycleWorks.com) at 15-42
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