The Bike Factory Circuit of Saighton
Location: Saighton, Chester
Event: 21 July 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Rookie Sam Rowlands (Seamons CC) took his first road win by the width of a tyre from Matt Cartlidge (Stone Wheelers) in a photo-finish to a fast and highly-competitive 50-mile Circuit of Saighton in Cheshire.
After several early unsuccessful moves, junior Harry Shackleton (Team Elite) jumped away and held off the bunch for nearly two seven-mile laps to take the first prime before he was reeled in.
Several other small breaks followed before the race-winning move was made by a group of four riders – Rowlands, Matt Cartlidge, John Clegg (Ribble Valley CRC) and Thomas Cartlidge (Stone Wheelers).
The chasing peloton, led by Scott and Brad Smith of promoting club Birkenhead North End CC, held the break to a gap of around a minute for the rest of the race, but with the second prime going to Matt Cartlidge, the four stayed away to the finish where Rowlands’s victory was only confirmed after the judges had scrutinised the photo finish.
Keith Jones (Birkenhead North End CC ) brought the bunch home in fifth place some 40 seconds later.
1 Sam Rowlands Seamons CC
2 Matthew Cartlidge Stone Whls CC
3 John Clegg Ribble Valley CRC
4 Thomas Brazier Evesham & District Whls CC
5 Keith Jones Birkenhead North End CC
6 Mark Hassall Dave Hinde RT
7 Andrew Noble Moonglu RT
8 Stephen Smith Stockport Clarion CC
9 James Eastbury Chester RC
10 Geoff Burgess Stockport Clarion CC
11 Jimmy Smith Chester RC
12 Mark Donnelly Birkenhead North End CC
13 Nick Hall Bury Clarion CC
14 Ian Holbrook Stone Whls CC
15 Jonathan Huck Adidas Group CC
16 Joshua Vincent Bott Cycle Team
17 Mark Westwood BC Private Member
18 Brad Smith Birkenhead North End CC
19 Richard Rees Ystwyth CC
20 Duncan McLaren Stockport Clarion CC
21 Simon Arundel Liverpool Mercury (Dolan) CC
22 Nigel Kershaw BC Private Member
23 David Grindley North Cheshire Clarion
24 Richard Johnson Wills Wheels CC
25 Mark Astles Dave Hinde RT
26 John Bamford Team Leapfrog
27 Edward Mitchell Sheffrec CC
28 Andrew Wright Bott Cycle Team
29 Harry Shackleton Team-Elite/Paul Bethell Electrical
30 Alan Heath BC Private Member
31 Gina Riley Chester RC
32 Adam Sant St Helens CRC
33 Justin Dowling Stockport Clarion CC
34 David Zelaskowski Port Sunlight Wheelers
35 David Beachill Stocksbridge CC
36 Stuart Hannah Birkenhead North End CC
37 Scott Smith Birkenhead North End CC
38 Michael Garner Birkenhead North End CC
39 Ryan Forster 4 Star Racing
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