Sunderland Clarion had a number of riders taking part in early season criteriums before tomorrow’s traditional season opening road race in the North East, the Wansbeck Australian Pursuit.
Making their road racing debut in the first group off were Kris Adlington and Mark Tully.
In the second group were Matt France and Paul Cottrell, who started five minutes later in the handicapped race.
In the final group, Neil Wallbank, Michael Sloanes and Tony Dickinson represented the Clarion.
The tough conditions caused trouble and the chances of the Clarion riders, with both Tully and Sloanes caught up in crashes.
It was left to Wallbank to lead the Clarion home in 14th place, 35 seconds behind the eventual winner, James King (Team Haribo-Beacon).
He out-sprinted Matt Kipling (Velo 29 Events) and James Moss (Velosure-Giordana RT) to take the win.
The early season criteriums, closed circuit races, have seen a number of results for the Clarion, with both Paul Cottrell and Tony Dickinson picking up points at the Highfield Kitchens/Godley’s Bikes North East Spring Cup.
Cottrell finished 8th in round two of the 3rd and 4th category race.
While in round one, Dickinson grabbed a strong finish of 13th, behind James King in the Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd category race.
H Next up for the Clarion riders is Round Three of the Highfield Kitchens/Godley’s Bikes North East Spring Cup.