Nottingham Clarion EMEG Road Race
Location: Staughton, Nottinghamshire
Event: 3 August 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
After finishing on a podium twice over the last two weeks, St Ives CC rider Felix Barker made it three out of three when he took victory in the Nottingham Clarion Road Race, part of the EMEG Road Race Series, at Staughton on Saturday.
The 19-year-old from Caldecote near Cambridge won the Arbis-Colbert Road Race two weeks ago, and was third in last weekend’s Harby Road Race.
He won the Nottingham Clarion race at the expense of 40-year-old Paul Searson from the promoting club, who was aiming to clinch his second Series victory following his win in the Derbyshire round at Melbourne on June 30.
Third spot went to 29-year-old Edward Pickard, the Derby-based Beeston Road Club member.
“The race started really quickly, with lots of people trying to get away in the first ten minutes,” explained Barker, who has been road racing for three years.
“After about 15 minutes I got away with another guy, but it all came back together at about half distance. But shortly after that I got clear again with Edward Pickard and Paul Searson, and we worked well.
“I was surprised that the break stuck to be honest because it was a flat circuit and it was windy, but we got out of sight and the gap grew to about a minute.
“As we headed for the finish there was a little rise, and I attacked there with about 1km to go. Pickard dropped back there, but Searson stuck with me. He tried to come round me on the downhill finish, but I held him off.”
1 Felix Barker St Ives CC
2 Paul Searson Nottingham Clarion
3 Edward Pickard Beeston RC
4 Edvardo Martinez Mutua Levante
5 Michael Motram GS Henley
6 Alexander Royle Banjo Cycles
7 Martyn Ludlam Witham Wheelers
8 Steve Young Wyndymilla
9 Tim Lawson Wheelbase
10 Alex Adgar
11 David Lowe Newcastle 2001
12 Elliot Harrison South Pennine RC
13 Lee Desborough St Ives CC
14 Oliver Maxwell Forme Bikes
15 Peter Cocker Forme Bikes
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