SUNDERLAND Clarion riders produced a strong showing on some of Northumberland’s most challenging roads last weekend.
Five Clarion riders – Chris Barnard, Paul Cottrell, Matt France, Mark Tully and Matthew Woodhouse – competed in the 50-mile EMC road race, open to third and fourth category racers, taking in Scots Gap, Rothley Crags and Cambo, before a final leg to Middleton Bank.
A number of attempts were made to make a break, before Barnard eventually took John Cann (Blumilk.com) with him off the front.
The pair worked well together for a lap and a half. Despite a number of attacks, the riders ended up staying together, leaving it all set up for a bunch kick.
In the sprint, Barnard, despite his earlier efforts, still had the legs to grab 13th place.
Hetton Hawks’ Greg Taylor secured a brilliant win, with the youngster doing enough to beat Mark Robertson (Army Cycling Union) and Calum Stevens (Achieve-Skinnergate Racing).
The following day, Clation’s Kris Adlington, Matt France and Ingrid Shepherd tackled a hilly race against the clock on a 24-mile course in Allendale.
Shepherd was Clarion’s first finisher in 1hr 15min 43sec to win the veteran women’s prize, a second ahead of Adlington, while France clocked 1:16.10.
Winner Carl Donaldson (GS Metro) finished 4min 10sec ahead of his closest competitor, team-mate Ben Lane, with a time of 1:00.37. Lucy Coldwell (Velosport RT) was third in 1:04.50.