Hayden Burton took a fine win in the Hatherleigh Road Race in Devon, round six of the British Cycling Junior Road Series on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Bath CC rider, who only came into the sport this season, outsprinted the big names of the Series to take his biggest career victory to date.
Rob Scott (VCUK PH-MAS) climbed to the top of the leader board after finishing fourth in the sprint.
A different circuit to the previous year saw the race head away from Hatherleigh and out towards Brandis Corner before heading back through the rolling countryside through Folly Gate and returning to the race start.
The riders took in two loops of around 30 miles, and the race broke apart as soon as the denaturalised sector had finished. Small groups chanced their luck in the opening miles, Rob Scott orchestrating the head of proceedings, but it was the first pass through Halwill Junction that saw a definitive group of eight work their way off the front of the field.
Rob Scott was joined by Matt Draper (Velocity Globalbike), Cameron Orr (SRAM Youth Dev), Harry Yates (Hargroves - Ridley) and Charlie Meredith (Giant CC - HALO Films) were the main protagonists in the break that would work to get a gap of some 24 seconds.
The first time down the sweeping descent through Thornton Gate and the 12 per cent kick up towards Folly Gate saw the field suffering as they tried to chase the leaders down.
As the race came into the second and final lap the leaders were joined by another eight which would form the story of the race. The extended group worked well together and, coming through the village of Highampton, pushed the lead out to one minute.
The main field crawled a few seconds back as the race approached the furthest point at Brandis Corner but it would be short-lived as the leaders got the time gaps and upped the pace through Halwill.
Owen Dudley got a rear wheel puncture as the paced increased, but he worked through the cars back to the leaders. The race remained as such until the finish where the lead group hit the incline to the chequered flag and Burton got the better of Owen Dudley and Etienne Georgi who finished second and third respectively.
“It’s quite a big win for me, this is my first year of cycling and I haven’t won so much yet,” said Burton. “I did the first race of the series, the Cadence Road Race, and now this.
“When the group went away I decided to try and bridge across when Etienne went on top of one of the climbs and I followed him. We eventually got across and got the win.
“In the sprint I followed some wheels then just came off the last guy with about 100 metres to go to the line.”
1. Hayden Burton Bath CC
2. Owen Dudley IOM Cycling Assoc
3. Etienne Georgi Giant CC HALO Films
4. Rob Scott VCUK PH-MAS
5. Harry Yates Hargroves Cycles Ridley RT
6. James Jenkins Southend Wheelers
7. Georg Mew Jensen VC Londres
8. Jamie Ridehalgh Speedflex RT
9. Charlie Meredith Giant CC HALO Films
10. Tim James Catford CC Equipe / Banks