Michael Sloanes and Clarion start season well

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THE first cycle race of the North East road season saw Sunderland Clarion’s Michael Sloanes take second place.

He finished behind Jack Rees (Velo 29) in round 1 of the Velo 29 Winter Series at Croft race circuit in the handicap race.

Paul Cottrell, meanwhile finished eighth for the club in the fourth Cat race earlier in the day.

Michael was part of a five-man break that built up a comfortable lead over the rest of the riders, in a very strong early season field.

The break was established after the first prime sprint, while others gathered themselves. In the end, Rees jumped away for an early sprint 200m from the finish, which Michael narrowly failed to catch, just running out of road before the finish.

He was part of a three-man Sunderland Clarion line-up in the handicap race, along with Chris Barnard and Paul Cottrell, who both finished comfortably in the bunch.

In the fourth Category race, Paul – in his first race officially back for Sunderland Clarion – was part of a 74-strong field, that saw 16-year-old Levi Moody (Pedalsport CC) perform a gutsy solo performance, alone off the front for a good part of the race.

Both Matthew Davies and Charlie Monchâtre competed in their first race for the club.

In all it proved a successful start to the season for Sunderland Clarion, and the season promises to offer more, with other riders yet to start their racing season.

In the meantime, Michael has two more races as part of the Velo 29 series to build upon his fine performance, before the North East Trophy on February 25.