Location: Wincham, Northwich
Event: 25 August 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports/ Ben Goddard
Chris Bartlett (Metaltek-Knights of Old RT) attacked from a leading group of four riders with 10 kilometres to go to record a fine solo victory in round 18 of the CDNW League at Wincham.
On a rolling 10-km course, 44 starters set out to complete ten laps with attacks going from the off and riders chipping off the front until, with five laps to go, a front group of ten riders established themselves at the head of the race.
Due to the size of the breakaway they didn’t work well together until with two laps to go a touch of wheels meant the size of the front group went down to four.
With just over a lap to go Bartlett broke away on his own and soloed the rest of the way for his second win in two days after winning at Darley Moore on Saturday.
After being unable to find the top spot before this season, he made it two wins in two days as he finished with a gap of 44 seconds on the chasers.
Leading the rest home for second place was Michael Ashurst, from Wigan, followed by his Biketrek team-mate Jacob Tipper in third.
“After the touch of wheels in the break and due to fatigue in some of the other riders left in the breakaway I felt strong enough to go on my own,” said 27-year-old Bartlett, .from Ipswich.
“With just over a lap to go up a drag I noticed I had a small gap so I kept on going as I didn’t fancy my chances in the sprint.
“Hopefully I can make it a triple weekend after winning yesterday and today, I am riding the Metaltek GP tomorrow in my build-up to the Tour of Bulgaria.”
In the women’s race over a shorter 44-mile distance, Elizabeth Malins (Abergavenny RC) also soloed to victory winning by nearly two minutes.
Based in Northampton, 28-year-old Malins recorded her second win of the season after an earlier success at Mallory Park.
Heading the charge home nearly two minutes later for second place was Joanne Blakeley (Champion System/Maxgear/Base) ahead of her team-mate Lauryn Therin.
1 Chris Bartlett Metaltek-Knights of Old 1-34-10
2 Michael Ashurst Biketreks RA @ 44 sec
3 Jacob Tipper Biketreks RA @ 50 sec
4 Julian Pearson Teamwallis CHH Racing Team st
5 Tim Lawson Wheelbase/Altura st
6 Mark Perry Dirtwheels Cycles st
7 Gareth McGuinness Energy CC st
8 Simon Bridge Manchester Wheelers st
9 James Dunlop Biketreks RA st
10 Steven Fidler Dave Hinde Racing Team st
11 Shaun Pearson Ribble Valley CRC st
12 John Findley Bill Nickson Cycles RT st
13 David Lowe Newcastle 200 st
14 Karl Freeman Team Wheelguru st
15 Kristian Zentek Team Leapfrog st
16 Alex Jones 4 Star Racing st
17 Paul Cheetham Team ioptix.co.uk st
18 Samuel Jackson Overplay.net Racing Team @ 1:04
19 Leigh Cowell Kuota Spinergy GSG @ 1:10
20 Ryan Pike High on Bikes @ 8:09
21 Adam Britton Champion System/Maxgear/Base st
22 Steve Abbott Team Wallis st
23 Andrew Udall Mammoth Lifestyle st
24 Martyn Gordon Champion System/Maxgear/Base st
25 Oliver Payton Cycle Sport Pendle st
26 Robert Richardson Biketreks RA st
27 Lee Carter Ribble Valley CRC st
28 Luke Taylor Kingston Wheelers st
29 Nick Giles Fibrax Wrexham RC st
30 Mathew Lythgoe Ribble Valley CRC st
31 David Kelly St Helens CRC st
32 Kristian Spreckley Withington Wheelers st
33 Darran Acton Leapfrog st
34 Giles Bett Dave Hinde Racing Team st
35 Tom Gibson Kent Valley RC st
36 Wayne Greenhalgh Champion System/Maxgear/Base st
37 Simon Vazquez Chorlton Velo @ 2 laps
1 Elizabeth Malins Abergavenny RC 1-48-18
2 Joanne Blakeley Champion System/Maxgear/Base @ 1:55
3 Lauryn Therin Champion System/Maxgear/Base st
4 Brit Tate GB Cycles.co.uk st
5 Lydia Gurley Uni of Birmingham st
6 Amy Gornall Scott Contessa Epic @ 02:00
7 Nikola Butler VC St Raphael st
8 Heather Bamforth Stretford Wheelers st
9 Nichola Soden Champion System/Maxgear/Base st
10 Charlotte Baker st
11 Sarah Griffiths Manchester Whlrs Club st
12 Ruth Taylor Manchester Whlrs Club st
13 Vanessa Whitfield VC St Raphael st
14 Delia Beddis Dirtwheels Cycles st
15 Helen Gardiner VC Briston @ 02:05
16 Joanne Street Manchester Whlrs Club st
17 Clarke Miller Team 22 st
18 Victoria Hood Team Swift @ 02:13
19 Alexa Mair Edinburgh RC st
20 Zoe Armstrong Scott Contessa Epic @ 02:34
21 Fiona Beard Clifton CC @ 02:50
22 Jess Atkinson Team 22 @ 04:46
23 Sarah Rose Team 22 @ 10:26
24 Claire Martin Edinburgh RC @ 13:00
25 Claire Rutherford WheelGuru @ 18:00
26 Jessica Evans New Brighton CC st
27 Laura Stafford Manchester Whlrs Club @ 1 lap
28 Nicola Fox Manchester Whlrs Club @ 2 laps
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