SUNDERLAND Clarion riders proved they were on the right course for a good season after the first road race of the year.
The Wansbeck CC Australian Pursuit, held on Sunday, is the traditional opening road race for many of the North East’s cyclists, with six laps of a route in and around Longhirst in Northumberland.
The race saw Michael Sloanes finish fourth with Craig Stephenson right behind in fifth. Matthew Kipling (Velo29-Blackhawk) won, with Adam Martin (Metaltek-Knights of Old Racing Team) second and Kipling’s team-mate James Alder third.
Other Clarion riders taking part were Neil Wallbank, Paul Cottrell, and Chris Barnard.
At the third round of Highfield Kitchens series, at Hetton Lyons Country Park on Saturday, Sloanes tried to break clear but was pegged back and ended up in eighth place, with Matthew
Kiplng getting his first victory of the weekend.
Tony Dickinson grabbed fifth place in the 3/4 race.
In the 4th Category Regional C+ race, Houghton Cycling Club’s Dave Ranson took fourth place, with Paul Robson ninth and Ian Jobling tenth.
In the 3/4 Regional B race, Richie Ranson took eighth place.