Python Racing Team Summer Road Race
Location: Holyport, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Event: 14 July 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Breaking away on the last lap, Ashley Cox (CC Luton) got the better of Eastern Region champion Andrew Hastings (Finchley RT) in a two-man sprint to win Python RT’s 85-mile road race in Berkshire.
A group of around 25 riders went clear at the six-mile mark in the nine and a half-lap race and, distancing themselves from the rest of the 79-man field, averaged 27mph as they stayed together until four miles to go when 30-year-old Cox, from Biggleswade, and Hastings made good their escape.
Cox took the sprint to secure his maiden road race win with a gap of around 40 seconds to the rest, who were led in by Oliver Rossi (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus).
“I’ve ridden the circuit before, it’s pretty flat and hard to make a break stick, and I thought people would suffer later in the heat,” said Cox, “so for two hours I sat in the bunch and did absolutely nothing.
“With four miles or so to go there’s a little bit of a climb, I attacked over the top and Andrew Hastings went with me.
“We worked together to stay clear, and i made sure I was second wheel when we turned off the circuit on to the finishing stretch with around 500 metres to go into a block headwind.
“I’ve had seconds, thirds, fourths and fifths, the win had always eluded me, but eventually I’ve got one. I can relax now!”
1 Ashley Cox (CC Luton)
2 Andrew Hastings (Finchley RT)
3 Oliver Rossi (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus)
4 James Lewis (NFTO)
5 Lewis Atkins (Pedal Heaven RT)
6 Matthew Jones (Team IG-Sigma Sport)
7 Ian Knight (Team Corley Cycles)
8 Jack Beezer (Edinburgh RC)
9 Owen Lake (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus)
10 Mark Perry (Dirtwheels Cycles)
11 William Goulbourne (Team V-Sprint Racing)
12 William Pratt (Aprire Bicycles)
13 David Creggan (Pedal Heaven RT)
14 Jonathan Shuster (Team Corley Cycles)
15 Douglas Coleman (CC Luton)
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