Beveridge seals step up with closing victory

TOP MAN: Ian Beveridge.

TOP MAN: Ian Beveridge.

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IAIN Beveridge finished his season off in fine style with a victory at Prissick cycle circuit in Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The Sunderland Clarion man won the 3/4 race at the Blackhawk Bikes/Chapters Hotel and Restaurant Autumn Cup.

The victory allowed Beveridge to book-end his season perfectly, after beginning it with a win.

It also means that he will be racing the 2013 season as a 2nd Category rider after gathering enough points to join team-mate Michael Sloanes in the higher category.

Beveridge beat Richard Ranson (unattached) and Matthew Worton (Hetton Hawks), using his strength to take the honours with an attack on the back straight as the two riders in front of him eased back.

Despite a strong headwind on the run into the finish, he managed to hold off the other riders.

It’s been a strong end to the season for Beveridge, who finished sixth at Dishforth a week before in the Army Cycling Union Road Race.

Ahead of him, fellow Clarion strongman Craig Stephenson took third place, narrowly beaten by Jason Livesey (Dirtwheels Cycles) and Steven Baker (Army Cycling Union).

Thirty-five riders took to the start line in windy conditions. An early break was brought back with two laps to go, and with no one willing to take a risk and launch an attack, a bunch sprint was inevitable, which played into the hands of the Clarion riders.

These results help to cement Clarion’s place as the third ranked team in North East road racing – a result the club is looking to improve on next year.