Clarion riders are kept busy on the road

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A BUSY May Bank Holiday weekend saw Sunderland Clarion cyclists taking part in several events.

It was a mixed bag of results with some riders achieving personal goals on some challenging courses.

In Yorkshire, Michael Sloanes, Craig Stephenson and Neil Wallbank took part in two road race stages that sandwiched a Team Time Trial.

Stage one saw Sloanes grab 13th place behind Jon Wilkinson (Knottingley Velo).

The team time trial saw the Clarion team struggle, with Langsett Cycles RT claiming success.

The final day saw Steven Guymer (Cottingham Coureurs RT) and Ben Hallworth (Ilkley CC) fighting to defend their respective leads in the Hills and Sprints competition.

In the end it was Alex Jones (Audlem Cycling Club) who clinched the win in the final stage to claim the overall victory, after finishing sixth in the first stage.

Guymer and Hallworth both managed to defend their respective leads.

Monday saw seven Clarion riders take to the start line in Mitford for the 47-mile Ballantyne Memorial Trophy.

The race is seen as the hardest 3/4 category road race in the country as it tackles over a 1,000metres of vertical ascent.

The race saw a strong field fighting for the honours, but bad luck cost the majority of the Clarion riders their places in the bunch, with Paul Cottrell the last to succumb on the penultimate climb of the race.

Callum Grieve (www.twenty3c.co.uk) ran out winner after he held off Team Thomsons Cycles’ Keith Laird and Mark Robertson (Army Cycling Union).

Allen Armstrong and Iain Beveridge raced against the clock in the VTTA North 25-mile Time Trial.

It was a good day for Beveridge, in his first time trial of the year, as he secured seventh place, with Armstrong clocking a time of 1:16:20.

The overall victory went to Ferryhill Wheelers’ James Falconer in a time of 54:06.

Saturday saw a number of Clarion riders taking part in a 300km Audax, a non-competitive endurance challenge.

Matthew Davies, Tony Gibson, Barry and Christine Marshall took part in the Wigginton 300km Audax, which had riders tackling a course through North Yorkshire, taking in the Yorkshire Wolds, Richmond and Ripon.

All riders completed the course in under 11 hours.